The weather didn’t matter in this game, as the Buffalo Bills beat the brakes off the New England Patriots in the Wild Card Round. The Patriots had won the first matchup in frigid temperature but lost to the Bills a few weeks down the line. This was the third matchup between these squads and it’s safe to say that this game was settled in the first quarter. Buffalo went on to win this game 47-17. The Bills are now advancing to play the Kansas City Chiefs, the team that eliminated them from the postseason last year. The Patriots on the other hand look towards the NFL draft with a top-24 pick awaiting them.
Bills Never Let Off the Gas Pedal
Looking over at the Bills performance first, practically everything went their way. This team literally didn’t punt the ball, kick a field goal or turn it over at all the entire time. They had seven total drives, all of them ending in a touchdown. The last possession they had was stopped due to a kneel down to end the game. Josh Allen ad 308 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions through the air. He also had thrown more touchdowns than incompletions.
Devin Singletary continued his dominance the last few weeks as well, rushing 16 times and picking up 81 yards and two touchdowns. Allen himself ran six times for 66 additional yards. Everybody in this receiving core had themselves a day but Dawson Knox is the only one to write home about. His five receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns proved to be big.
This group made plays defensively on top of that. They racked up three sacks. Levi Wallace came away with an interception and so did Micah Hyde. They were shutting down this Patriots offense every single drive. What a night it was for this group.
Patriots Struggled in Every Area
The Patriots obviously didn’t have a fun time here. Honestly, it seemed like Mac Jones was the only one on this roster who came to play today. He had 232 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. None of their running backs stood out because, well, they were losing by so much. Kendrick Bourne did have seven catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns though.
Defensively, this top ten unit did absolutely nothing. No takeaways, no forced punts, and worst of all no sacks. This team has to be sick with the way that they played against their division rivals. Changes are likely to be made in New England this offseason even if they are just minor.
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