Josh Allen led the Buffalo Bills to their first AFC championship sport in 27 years. He and the remainder of the group will have to be higher to take the subsequent step.
In a season the Bills (15-4) busted quite a few slumps by sweeping the New England Patriots for the primary time since 1999, and claimed their first division title in 25 years, Allen and Co. got here up properly brief in a 38-24 loss to Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night time.
Buffalos bend-but-dont-break protection wilted, squandering a 9-0 lead by giving up three touchdowns over the span of 10:04 within the second quarter. And Allen merely couldnt sustain.
After scoring their first landing arrange by Taiwan Jones recovering Mecole Hardmans muffed punt on the Kansas City 3, Buffalo settled for subject objectives on three drives contained in the Chiefs 35. The sport was basically over when Allen, dealing with second-and-10 on the Kansas City 20, was picked off by Rashad Fenton two minutes into the fourth quarter.
Allen completed 28 of 48 for 287 yards with two touchdowns and basically was intercepted twice, one approaching a desperation 2-point try with 4:08 remaining.
The Bills have been unable to resolve the Chiefs twice this season. They have been trampled in a 26-17 loss in Week 6 in a sport rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 161 yards dashing.
On Sunday, they have been carved up by Mahomes, who completed 29 of 38 for 325 yards and three touchdowns. The Chiefs discovered their rhythm with Mahomes overseeing scoring drives on six consecutive possessions spanning the primary half, not together with a kneel-down to finish the second quarter.
The Bills fell a win wanting returning to the Super Bowl for the primary time since their run of 4 straight appearances and losses resulted in 1994.
On the intense facet, the Bills made large strides over final season, which ended with Buffalo squandering a 16-0 third-quarter lead in a wild-card playoff loss at Houston. Buffalo superior to the championship sport by beating the Colts 27-24, adopted by a 17-3 win over Baltimore.
Buffalo matched a regular-season franchise report with 13 wins set in each 1990 and ’91, and scored 501 factors with Allen having fun with a breakout season. The third-year starter set quite a few group passing and scoring marks in ending with 4,544 yards passing, 37 TDs passing and 46 total (together with one receiving).
Whats extra encouraging is the Bills have lots of their core gamers on either side of the ball below contract going into subsequent season. Expectations are the group is being constructed for a prolonged run of success.
Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive finish Bruce Smith made such a suggestion final week, telling The Associated Press that win or lose, this “is only the start for his former group.
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