Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was flawless in engineering one of the more unlikely comebacks in team history Sunday, going 5 for 5 for 96 yards on the Bills' final three drives while earning his third career fourth-quarter comeback.
After the Buccaneers took a 27-20 lead with 3:20 to play, Taylor led the Bills 75 yards to the end zone for the tying score in just three plays. He began with a 44-yard strike to newcomer Deonte Thompson, and a personal foul added 15 more yards. Taylor found Zay Jones on a slant on the next play, and then LeSean McCoy ran in from 7 yards to level the score.
Rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White helped complete the comeback by forcing a fumble on the first play of the Bucs' ensuing possession, which gave the Bills the ball in Tampa territory. Taylor and the offense ate enough clock to allow Stephen Hauschka to kick a go-ahead field goal with only 14 seconds remaining.
Taylor's performance, which also included a 23-yard pass to Thompson on an earlier drive before McCoy lost a fumble, was arguably his best ever when tied or trailing by one possession in the fourth quarter. Here are his updated stats in those situations:
Taylor's overall numbers in these situations aren't great, but they've been trending in the right direction since late last season, save the Bengals game.
Taylor is 12th quarterback in Bills history to record three or more fourth-quarter comebacks (two of the games listed in green above aren't technically comebacks because the Bills were tied with the opponent and not trailing). Others on the list are Daryle Lamonica, Jack Kemp, Dennis Shaw, Joe Ferguson, Jim Kelly, Todd Collins, Doug Flutie, Drew Bledsoe, J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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