Josh Allen Sets A Franchise Record As The Buffalo Bills Ice Out The New England Patriots

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Josh Allen Sets A Franchise Record As The Buffalo Bills Ice Out The New England Patriots

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Josh Allen Sets A Franchise Record As The Buffalo Bills Ice Out The New England Patriots

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On a negative degree night at Highmark Stadium in New York, the play on the field was far from cold for the Buffalo Bills as they took on the New England Patriots. The Bills would lay on the points in a 47-17 win to advance to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. 

The Bills offense got the game started off on a hot note with a nine-play drive for 70-yards that resulted in an eight-yard touchdown pass to Dawson Knox to give Buffalo the early 7-0 lead. Josh Allen, on this first drive, would have 41 rushing yards to play a huge factor in testing the Patriots defense early.

The Patriots first offensive drive looked to be establishing itself quite nicely with Mac Jones finding Hunter Henry for a 30-yard gain and Jones running for 16-yards. Jones would then attempt a deep pass to the end zone for Nelson Agholor but Micah Hyde would read the play perfectly and come up with an interception. Allen and the offense would capitalize on this interception with an 80-yard drive that ended in the second touchdown pass from Allen to Knox on the night with 45 seconds remaining in the first quarter to extend the Bills lead to 14-0. 

The Bills would just keep on scoring, as they once again put six points on the board  with their first drive of the second quarter. Instead of the passing game paving the way, it would be Devin Singletary who ran five times on the 10-play drive. One of the runs would cap off the drive with Singletary rushing the ball in for a three-yard touchdown to make the score 20-0. 

After the Bills defense forced another stop, the offense would proceed with their fourth drive of the night. This fourth drive would result in the unit’s fourth touchdown led by back-to-back huge plays from Josh Allen. The first one was 19-yards to Isaiah McKenzie, the second was 45-yards to Stefon Diggs. The Bills capped off the drive with Singletary rushing 16-yards for the score to extend the lead to 27-0. 

The Patriots would get the ball to kick off the second half of the game, but on the fourth play of the drive, Jones would be intercepted by Levi Wallace. This would lead to the Bills fifth offensive drive and their fifth touchdown on the night as Allen found Emmanuel Sanders for a 34-yard score to extend Buffalo’s insurmountable lead to 33-3. 

With four minutes left in the third quarter the Patriots would score their first touchdown of the night. It would be a 43-yard pass from Jones to Kendrick Bourne to get the drive rolling and it would end with Bourne securing a wide-open three-yard catch for the touchdown to end the drive, yet New England was still down big, 33-10. 

This would lead to the sixth offensive drive of the game for the Bills, and yes it would result in the Bills sixth touchdown of the night. After establishing a five-minute drive, Allen would find Gabriel Davis for a 19-yard score to push the Buffalo lead back to 30, 40-10.

Carlos Basham would get a sack on Jones to stop their next offensive drive. Putting the ball back in the Bills hands for the seventh time and they would get a seventh score with a pass to offensive lineman Tommy Doyle which brought the scoreline to a lopsided 47-10. 

This would be the last time of the night the Bills starters would see the field. With just over a minute left in the game Jones and the Patriots would get their second touchdown of the night as Jones connected with Bourne to get the score to 47-17. 

Josh Allen was locked in for the game completing 21-of-25 passes for 308 yards, five passing touchdowns, six rushing attempts, and 66 rushing yards. This five touchdown performance by Allen would be the first time in franchise history a Bills’ quarterback had thrown five touchdowns in a playoff game. Devin Singletary also had a great night with 16 rushing attempts for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Carlos Basham, Star Lotulelei, and Jerry Hughes would all get sacks for the Bills defense. 

With the win, the Bills will now advance on to the next round of the playoffs where they will either face the Kansas City Chiefs or Cincinnati Bengals. For more NFL content from around the league make sure to follow TWSN on Twitter and Instagram. For more Buffalo Bills content, updates, and even College Football news make sure to follow myself on Twitter and Instagram as well!

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