ORCHARD PARK – The fourth-quarter magic we've seen from quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions' offense in the past has been missing all year. That continued to be the story Sunday in Buffalo.
Detroit scored 13 points in the second quarter, but failed to score any in the second half. They fell to the Bills 14-13 to drop to 5-9 on the year and out of playoff contention in the NFC.
Kicker Matt Prater missed a 48-yard field goal with 5:50 left in the fourth quarter that would have given the Lions the lead. It was his first miss in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2015.
Following a stop by the Lions' defense on the ensuing Bills possession, Detroit got the ball back at their 30-yard line with 4:41 left in the game.
Detroit completed a three-yard pass to Kenny Golladay on first down and lost two yards on a Theo Riddick run up the middle on second down. Third down was a two-yard completion to tight end Levine Toilolo on 3rd and 9. The Lions punted and never saw the ball again.
Stafford's orchestrated 33 victories when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter in his career, but they've been few and far between this year.
Detroit's defense gave up two Bills first downs on their final drive, the second on 4th and 1, and Buffalo was able to run the clock.
Golladay had a good outing in defeat, catching seven of his eight targets for 146 yards. Lions wide receiver Andy Jones recorded the first touchdown (4 yards) of his career, and Zach Zenner picked up right where he left off last week in Arizona by recording a touchdown (one yard) run for a second straight week.
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No playoffs: The loss in Buffalo, coupled with Minnesota's victory over Miami, means the Lions will fail to qualify for the playoffs for a second straight season.
The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North title Sunday with a victory over Green Bay.
Injury report: All good here for the Lions, which is probably a bit of a relief after having 12 players leave last week's game with injuries. No player was reported injured by the Lions.
Key moment: Don Muhlbach has been a terrific long snapper in this league for a long time. He doesn't make too many mistakes, but it was his bad snap following Jones' second-quarter touchdown catch that resulted in holder Sam Martin having to abandon the attempt and throw the ball away. It ended up being the difference on the scoreboard.
Up next: vs. Minnesota (7-6-1)