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Bills come up short against Baltimore, 24-17 (full coverage)

The Buffalo Bills were the latest team to run into the Baltimore Ravens buzzsaw, and the latest team sliced up in a loss. The Ravens won their ninth straight game, though the Bills kept it close with a 24-17 loss. The Bills were 16 yards away from tying the game, but that was as far as they could manage against the NFL’s hottest team.

Buffalo’s defense held Lamar Jackson in check: The MVP candidate threw 16/25 for 145 yards and added only 40 yards on the ground.

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It’s been decades since there’s been a game like this in Orchard Park — two teams going head-to-head with playoff seeding implications on the line. As a matter of fact, the last time Buffalo played a home game this late in the season when both teams had win percentages above .733 was on December 22, 1991 when the Bills (13-2) played the Detroit Lions (11-4).

Currently, both the Bills (three-game win streak) and the Ravens, winners of eight in a row, are two of the hottest teams in the AFC. Both teams are led by a pair of first-round quarterbacks from a year ago in their first-ever head-to-head matchup as starters.

Meaningful December football. Bills fans have waited forever to see it.

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