The Buffalo Bills suffered another heartbreaking loss in the playoffs as they came up short to the Kansas City Chiefs by a final score of 27-24. They were only in that position because of Josh Allen, who once again tried to put the team on his back to will them to victory.
He would only have 186 passing yards but led the team in rushing yards with 72 and two rushing touchdowns. The Bills found themselves in a position to tie it late in the game with Allen moving the offense down the field.
Unfortunately, the offense stalled and Tyler Bass was asked to come out and connect on a 44-yard field goal. For most of his career, Bass has been automatic but did miss two of his field goal attempts last week against the Steelers. Even still, the Bills should have felt confident that this game would be tied when their kicker walked off the field after the play.
However, the attempt would miss right and the Bills would see their third season in five years end thanks to the Chiefs.
Josh Allen continues to show why he is the leader of the Buffalo Bills
There is no question that this loss is heartbreaking for everyone involved, from coaches to players to the fans. It would be easy to blame the missed kick for the reason their season is over as that one that ultimately decided the game.
However, Josh Allen made sure not to do that and continues to show why he is the face of the franchise. As Joshua Bessex of The Buffalo News caught shortly after the game, Allen stopped before walking off the field to find Bass.
After the game, the Buffalo Bills quarterback was asked about Tyler Bass and he made sure to reiterate that the loss doesn't fall entirely on their kicker.
After the game he had, Josh Allen could have easily pointed the finger at teammates or certain situations. Quarterbacks (unfairly in my opinion) are evaluated on playoff win-loss records and Super Bowl titles. The questions will begin to swirl like about whether Josh Allen can win the big game or can he get past Kansas City.
He will shoulder a lot of the criticism over the next six months and the fact that he was willing to defend his teammate at a time when the emotions are at their peak shows why he is the leader of the Buffalo Bills. It will ultimately be why the Bills are better for it and once again will find themselves competitive week in and week out next season.
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