Turning Point: The Melee and Goal Line Stand


After watching the game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday, I really don’t understand how people can honestly say they don’t believe in culture or momentum swings. Maybe because in this day in age of analytics, they are difficult to quantify. But if you watched this matchup between two 3-7 teams, you saw the culture that McDermott has built. You felt the momentum swing after the emotional confrontation between both teams.

BUFFALO, NY – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Sean McDermott of the Buffalo Bills celebrates after the defense stopped the Jacksonville Jaguars culminating on a missed field goal in the third quarter during NFL game action at New Era Field on November 25, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

I take you back to the third quarter of this matchup to break down every single play leading up to the melee at New Era Field. The altercation in Head Coach Sean McDermott’s words put the team “against the wall.” But with some help from the crowd, Leslie Frazier’s defense “defended their dirt,” and kept the Jags out of the end zone. It was a moment that propelled the Bills to the 24-21 win but also a moment that confirms that culture and momentum do exist.

Enjoy this film room session: