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  • Lennon Crisp

Bills looks impressive after blowing out the Pats 47-17

The Bills dominated the teams' third meeting in 41 days, winning against New England to move on to the divisional round of the playoffs. Buffalo scored a touchdown on every one of their possessions outside of a kneel-down at the end of the game, becoming the first team in the Super Bowl era to score a TD on each of its first seven drives of a playoff game. "It's not often in coaching that you can enjoy the last six minutes of a game and kind of look up in the stands and see the fans enjoying it and at home," coach Sean McDermott said. "I'm happy for them more than anything. For us as a team this year, it's one game. That's a good football team, and they've been at the top for so long. So, we have a lot of respect for them. We've just got to keep moving on." Belichick commented on the loss. "We just couldn't keep up with them. They certainly deserved to win. Well-coached The team executed well, and we couldn't do much of anything,"Belichick said after the game.

Not only did the offense put up an impressive performance for the day, but the Bills continued to show improvements in areas that have been problems in the regular season. The running game was effective, and the offensive line had to set the tempo. But the most impressive part of the game for the Bills was the performance of quarterback Josh Allen. Coming into Saturday's game, one of the big questions was whether Allen could step up in freezing temperatures after averaging one of the worst completion percentages in that weather. He played well throughout the game, putting together one of the best performances of his career with five passing touchdowns and only four pass not completed.

Allen's performance included two touchdown passes to Knox and one to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, whose score was his first TD in the postseason, coming in his 14th career playoff game with his fifth different team. When you're going into every game with a win-or-go-home mentality, and that's really what we've had in the last few weeks, just the attention to detail in practice, guys are more attentive, "Allen said. "The urgency is there, and you're seeing us play better because of it. We're going to need that same mentality this week. Now the Bills and Bengals are looking at this matchup between Kansas City and Pittsburgh to see who faces whom next week. If Pittsburgh wins, Buffalo would go home to face Cincinnati. But if Kansas City wins, Buffalo goes back to Kansas City as Allen looks to redeem himself from the 2021 AFC Championship loss.

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