Jeffery Simmons made the play of the night for the Titans’ defense to give them a 34-31 win over the Bills.
The former first-round pick was able to stop Josh Allen on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak from the 2-yard line with just 22 seconds left in regulation. Buffalo needed only about a foot to convert and set up a few shots at a potential game-winning touchdown, but Simmons was able to blow the play up.
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After the contest, Simmons explained to reporters that he and the rest of the Titans’ defense knew that the QB sneak was coming, and he was prepared to stop it.
“We know what they kind of do, especially in those types of situations,” Simmons said, per CBS. “We know if the quarterback come under the center like that, we anticipate sneak. That was the play I thought they were gonna run and they did.”
And how was Simmons able to make the play?
“I was inside of the tackle, got my head on the tackle, quarterback right there, he tried to get low — just put my big arms around him, he can’t move so, he was short,” Simmons said.
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You can see exactly what Simmons was talking about. He came off the left side of the line and was able to pile drive Allen into the ground with ease. That proved to be the game-clinching play. It was an impressive one at that, considering that Allen had converted 13 fourth-and-1 plays since coming into the league in 2018, the most in the league during that span, per ESPN’s Ed Werder.
To explain Sean McDermott’s thinking, know this: Josh Allen’s 13 conversions on 4th-and-1 are easily the most of any player since 2018 (Lamar Jackson and Ezekiel Elliott each 2nd with 10), per @ESPNStatsInfo
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That’s why Simmons’ teammate Kevin Byard awarded the defensive lineman a game ball for his efforts.
“I don’t know how you get the ball, but KB actually gave me the ball,” Simmons said. “He was like, ‘Who made the tackle?’ I was like ‘Who you think?'”
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Byard wasn’t the only one impressed with Simmons’ play. Bills coach Sean McDermott acknowledged the Titans’ big stop after the game as well.
“Give them the credit,” McDermott said of the Titans. “They made the play when they had to make one.”