Derrick Henry scored three touchdowns and defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons filled in a winless Josh Allen in a quarter and 1 quarterback with 21 seconds left Monday night as the Tennessee Titans held the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Henry’s 13-yard scoring run with 3:05 left marked the seventh lead change of the game. An eighth lead change nearly occurred on Isaiah McKenzie’s 101-yard kickoff return after Henry’s touchdown, but the apparent touchdown was erased by a penalty.
Buffalo (4-2) drove to the 3-yard line and parried a near-perfect field goal that could have forced overtime. Allen tried to slip away from the left guard, but Simmons cut between two linemen and stopped the play.
Allen finished 35 of 47 for 353 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Henry rushed 20 times for 143 yards in his fifth straight 100-yard performance.
Ryan Tannehill completed 18 of 29 passes for 216 yards with an interception for Tennessee (4-2), which he won for the fourth time in five games.
Buffalo started the scoring with a pair of field goals from Tyler Bass. He connected from 24 and 28 yards for a 6-0 lead at the 11:36 mark in the second quarter, finishing off long drives that saw the Bills fail to convert red zone penetration into touchdowns.
Tennessee made a lead change on the first play after Bass’s second field goal. Henry started a 76-yard touchdown run to start the remainder of the game as the teams traded the lead at breakneck pace.
Before the fourth ended, Allen found Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley for touchdown strikes of 14 and 29 yards, respectively, while the Titans landed a 43-yard field goal from Randy Bullock and a 4-yard touchdown from Tannehill.
Leading 20-17 as the third quarter began, Buffalo landed a 52-yard field goal from Bass at the 10:49 mark, but Henry advanced from 3 with 4:23 remaining in the period.
The Bills took a 31-24 lead when Allen found Tommy Sweeney for a 1-yard touchdown with 27 seconds left in the quarter, then connected with Dawson Knox for a two-point conversion.