ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WROC) — It was a perfect game for the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night against the Patriots. No, really.
The Bills scored touchdowns on their first seven drives for the game as they destroyed their AFC East rivals 47-17 to advance to the divisional round. The only time they didn’t score a touchdown is when they kneeled out the clock to end the game.
The Bills pride themselves on playing complimentary football. Micah Hyde their win was the epitome of the phrase.
“You look it up in the dictionary it’s going to show that game that we just played,” said Hyde. “That’s what we preach. Offense scoring points, defense feeding the offense, special teams making big plays and big hits, that’s what we preach and we were able to do it.”
Josh Allen threw for five touchdowns, tallying 308 yards in the air. In fact, he threw more touchdowns than he had incompletions, as he went 21 for 25 in the air. He also added 66 yards on the ground.
“That’s a good team that we just played and the way that we came out and executed was good to see,” said Allen. “But I think it just goes back to the last week of practice that we had. Guys were dialed in, we practiced hard, we put together a really good game plan. Daboll lit it up, just the playcalling. Guys went out there and made plays.”
Dawson Knox caught two touchdowns in the first quarter and finished with five catches for 89 yards. Emmanuel Sanders, Gabriel Davis, and even offensive tackle Tommy Doyle each caught touchdowns as everyone got in on the action. Stefon Diggs had three grabs for 60 yards.
The running game continued its resurgence, as Devin Singletary ran the ball 16 times for 81 yards and scored twice. Left tackle Dion Dawkins was proud after the game about how Singletary and the offensive line had bounced back from poor play and criticism throughout the season.
“That just shows that we have a special unit of guys that know how to take bullets, take shots, and take blows,” said Dawkins.
Mac Jones had a tough day through the air, as he threw two interceptions. The Bills contained the Patriots on the ground, as Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson combined for just 57 yards.
“This is just test one. We’ve got our first battle done and we’re on to battle number two,” said Dawkins.
The Bills next playoff opponent is unknown. If the Chiefs defeat the Steelers on Sunday night, the Bills will travel to Arrowhead for an AFC Championship game rematch. If the Steelers pull off the upset, the Bills will host the Bengals who defeated the Raiders earlier on Saturday.
The Patriots won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Bills received the opening kickoff.
You couldn’t ask for much more from the Bills on the opening drive. The Bills marched down the field, highlighted by a 26-yard scramble by Josh Allen. On second and goal from the eight, Allen bought time, scrambled, and floated up a pass to Dawson Knox who came down with it in the end zone for a touchdown. The Bills took a 7-0 lead.
The Patriots got into Bills’ territory on their first drive of the game, but were thwarted when Mac Jones threw deep to Nelson Agholor. Micah Hyde sprinted over in coverage and made a phenomenal grab for an interception in his own end zone.
The Bills once again could not be stopped on offense, marching 80 yards in 10 plays for another score. Allen hit Knox for the pair’s second touchdown of the day and a 14-0 lead with 40 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Patriots could not get a first down on their next drive as Marion Addison pushed Damien Harris out of bounds on a third and three play. The Patriots punted with Hyde making a fair catch at his own 19-yard line.
The Bills continued to move the ball at will, scoring their third touchdown of the day. The Bills went 78 yards in nine plays, capping off the drive with a three-yard Devin Singletary touchdown. The Bills lead 20-0 after Bass’ extra point was blocked.
Once again, the Patriots offense could not get anything going on offense. Their lone first down came from a penalty, then they had to punt the ball away after the Bills got them in third and long. The drive was thwarted by a Star Lotulelei sack. The Bills took over at their own eleven-yard line.
It did not take long for the Bills to score again. Allen connected with Isaiah McKenzie for 19 yards, went deep to Stefon Diggs for 45, ran for 9, then handed off to Singletary who turned the corner and went 16 yards for a touchdown. The Bills went up 27-0 just inside the two-minute warning.
The Patriots were finally able to get on the board with a 44-yard Nick Folk field goal. The Bills led 27-3 at the half.
Whatever halftime adjustments the Patriots made, they did not work. Jones had his pass tipped and it was intercepted by Levi Wallace, the second INT for Jones.
Another drive, another touchdown for the Bills. This one ended with a 34-yard touchdown from Allen to Emmanuel Sanders. The PAT was no good once again, giving Buffalo a 33-3 lead.
The Patriots finally get on the board with a 11 play touchdown drive as Mac Jones found a wide open Kendrick Bourne in the left corner of the end zone. Nick Folk would made the extra point to make it a 33-10 ball game.
Six possessions for the Bills and six touchdowns. Allen continued his superstar performance hitting Gabriel Davis on a deep slant for the 19-yard score. The Bills went up 40-10 after the Bass PAT.
After connecting with Stevenson on a screen pass early in the drive, the Patriots’ offense stalled. Boogie Basham forced the Patriots offense off the field with a sack on 3rd down. Hyde would return the punt for 52 yards back to New England’s 39-yard line.
Gifted with a short field after the Hyde punt return, Allen hit Knox for a 38-yard catch to set up the Bills offense on the one-yard line. After a Moss rushing attempt was stuffed, Allen rolled out to his left to hit Tommy Doyle for the big man touchdown. The Bills took a 47-10 lead with Bass making his extra point.
The Patriots added a touchdown in garbage time as Jones connected with Bourne for another touchdown to make the final score 47-17.