1. This is undoubtedly the most dominant thing you can find.All but one possession by Buffalo ended in touchdowns, except for the last, which was a series of kneel downs by Mitch Trubisky, backup quarterback. Yes, people — Trubisky entered Buffalo’s wild-card game and it wasn’t because of injury. The bully big brother is finally seeing the light and has given his little brother a whooping that he didn’t see coming. It started with Josh Allen, who was spectacular, finishing with a passing line of 21-of-25 for 308 yards, five touchdowns and a nearly perfect 157.6 passer rating. The defense of Buffalo, which forced two turnovers through Mac Jones interceptions, continued the trend. It is hard to describe a total team win, but the league is now undoubtedly on notice. Allen and Bills face the next challenge: Keep the momentum going. It wasn’t a fluke that night in Orchard Park. It is what matters most.
2. New England is gone with a whimper.We were not surprised to see the Patriots challenge for the AFC title. But somewhere along the line — perhaps New England’s Week 15 defeat to Indianapolis — the Patriots began to lose steam. The Patriots lost their momentum the week after that, losing to the Bills at home. They also lost the regular season’s last month. It was not long before the Patriots’ troubles became an avalanche. Allen, the Bills, stormed down Mount Everett and swept away the helpless Pats with a scoring attack that didn’t slow down to the end. On a cold night, all the good feelings that were built up by the rookie quarterback with his veteran coach vanished. They’ll have the offseason in which to pick up the pieces.
3. Buffalo has worked to improve its performance by giving more than Allen a chance.The Bills spent a lot of their 2021 regular season slowly relying on Allen’s talents, which can, as we learned Saturday night, produce amazing numbers but also limit their offensive potential. Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator, realized this in recent weeks. He changed his approach to ground play which paid off tremendously against the Pats. Devin Singletary ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns in 16 carries. New England’s Week 13 strategy was taken and they were beaten with their own game. Daboll didn’t stop there. He ran Allen six times for 66 yards, and sprinkled in a bit of receiver Isaiah McKenzie during perimeter runs. Daboll picked up 29 yards from just three attempts. The Bills attacked Patriots from all angles, converting 6 out 7 third downs. They moved from an Allen-dependent offense into one that included Allen but could do more than hope he would win the game. This makes them extremely dangerous.
4. Jones finishes his rookie season by learning a valuable lesson. The rookie quarterback faced a bear of a Bills defense and struggled accordingly, throwing two interceptions, including one that came via a spectacular center-field chase-down from Micah Hyde. Jones was not helped by his teammates, who dropped a few passes. The Patriots couldn’t get much from their rushing attack, which gained 89 yards on just 20 carries. New England was unable to find offensive balance due to their 14-0 early hole. Jones couldn’t help them overcome this hostile environment. This is part and parcel of becoming a franchise quarterback. Jones was certainly able to do this in 2021. Everybody takes their lumps and Jones had plenty of them during Super Wild Card Weekend. In the end, he’ll be healthier for it.
5. Buffalo is much more than an offense.The Bills defense deserves credit. This was complemented by an explosive offense that was enabled by timely takeaways. It started with Hyde’s incredible interception. This erased New England’s scoring chance and set up a 10-play 80-yard touchdown drive. After that, the unit forced a three-and out, which led to a touchdown drive. Then, they tipped and intercepted a Jones pass to start the second half. A second TD drive left viewers wondering if the Patriots would finally surrender to an overwhelming Buffalo attack. Jerry Hughes ran through Trent Brown, right tackle for the Patriots, and sacked Jones. Jones was trying to catch the Bills sleep by faking spikes. Jones was unable to gain four yards, and New England had to call timeout. New England settled for a field goal, making it a 27-3 victory. The Patriots were just about at the end of making it a game. They will be a tough opponent in the playoffs if they continue to play like this defensively starting next weekend in Divisional Round.
NFL ResearchJosh Allen was the third NFL player to have more than five passing touchdowns, zero interceptions, and fewer that five incompletions in a single playoff game. Peyton Manning (Hall of Famer) did it in 2003 against the Broncos. Kurt Warner (Hall of Famer) did it in 2009 against the Packers.
Next Generation Stats of the gameJosh Allen became the First Quarterback in Next Gen Stats to Finish with a perfect 15 playoff games with a time to throw 2.5 seconds or less.