Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen’s mistakes overshadowed historical performance

Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

A couple of days removed from what ended up being a playoff victory that was too close for comfort, the Buffalo Bills have had some time to digest their third game of the season against their rival Miami Dolphins.

And so have the fans.

Many Bills fans, while happy about the playoff win, are also highly critical of quarterback Josh Allen. Sure, it might be justified, but sometimes it’s necessarily to simply enjoy a win.

Allen turned it over three times in the game against Miami, with two of the giveaways being blatantly on him. Still, Allen ended up with a strong performance overall and even made NFL history. Unfortunately, the historical performance was overshadowed by the near-collapse by the Bills.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen became only the second player in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns in three straight playoff games.

Allen finished the game against Miami with 352 passing yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions and a lost fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

But, let’s focus on the record at hand, here. Last season, Allen left it all out on the field with some remarkable playoff performances.

In the Wildcard round a year ago, against the New England Patriots, Allen went 21of 25 for 308 yards and a whopping five touchdown passes. It was quite the display of efficiency.

Then, in the game of the year versus the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional round, Allen threw for 329 yards and four scores.

In both of those games last year, the biggest difference came in the turnover differential. Allen threw a combined nine touchdowns without throwing a pick in those contests, whereas in the game against Miami, he turned it over three times.

Still, the Bills won and move on to face the Cincinnati Bengals in the Divisional round this weekend. Allen may not be completely on par with where he was last postseason, but there’s still time for him to turn it around. For right now, this moment, let’s enjoy the win and celebrate the history Allen made on Sunday.

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