Allen-Led Bills Throttle Division Rival Patriots, 47-17 | Sports News

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By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Reporter

ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills have erased any doubt about who now rules the AFC East.

Allen set a team playoff record with five touchdown passes, including two to Dawson Knox, and Devin Singletary ran for two scores in the first half of a 47-17 chokehold from division rival New England Patriots during of a wildcard playoff game on Saturday night.

Allen went 21 of 25 for 308 yards in a game Buffalo scored on each of his seven possessions that didn’t end in a knee.

The Bills beat New England for the second time in three weeks and rebounded from an embarrassing 14-10 home loss on Dec. 6 in which the Patriots attempted just three passes while finishing with 222 yards. on the ground to counter the windy conditions.

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The margin of defeat was the largest for New England since coach Bill Belichick’s tenure, which began in 2000.

Although the winds were relatively calm on Saturday, the Bills were warm in freezing conditions, with a temperature of 7 degrees during the game.

The third-seeded Bills advanced to the divisional round to either host the Cincinnati Bengals, who beat the Raiders earlier in the day, or travel to Kansas City, depending on the outcome of the Chiefs’ game against Pittsburgh. Sunday. A trip to Kansas City would feature a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game, which the Chiefs won 38-24.

Buffalo gained 300 total rushing yards, had 19 first downs and took a 27-3 halftime lead. The 30-point winning margin and 47 runs scored were the second most scored by the Bills in a playoff game behind a 51-3 win over the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship Game on January 20, 1991.

The Bills headed into the playoffs winning their last four games to clinch their second straight division title. After losing 35 of 40 meetings against New England from 2000 to 2019, Buffalo has now beaten the Patriots in four of the last five meetings, coinciding with the departure of Tom Brady to Tampa Bay.

The Patriots limped into the playoffs losing three of their last four games and were effectively outclassed on rookie Mac Jones’ playoff debut.

New England’s worst previous playoff loss under Belichick was a 33-14 loss to Baltimore also in the wildcard round on January 10, 2010.

Jones struggled to finish 24 of 38 for 232 yards with two touchdowns to Kendrick Bourne, including a 4-yard one in the final two minutes. Jones was also intercepted twice at the end of his season with a total of seven touchdown passes and seven interceptions in his last five outings.

The Bills put the Patriots on their heels on the first practice, with Allen waiting patiently in the pocket before rushing to his right and dodging a sack. Before going out of bounds, Allen threw an 8-yard pass to a wide-open Knox in the back right corner of the end zone.

Buffalo’s defense then stifled the Patriots’ opening drive with Micah Hyde having the speed and angle to pull off a leaping interception snatching the ball just before Nelson Agholor was about to catch it in the end zone. Jones was also intercepted during New England’s opener in the second half, when his pass intended for Hunter Henry was deflected by linebacker Matt Milano and caught by Levi Wallace.

No series was more indicative of New England’s flat-footed performance than allowing Singletary to score on a 16-yard run to cap a four-play, 89-yard run to put Buffalo ahead 27-0 with 1:53 to go in the first half. Allen delivered a perfect 45-yard pass to Stefon Diggs, who was ahead of New England’s top defensive back JC Jackson, a Pro Bowl selection, on the right sideline. Two plays later, Singletary eluded the entire Patriots defense as he reached the end zone.

Folk’s 44-yard field goal with 1 second left in the first half extended his 56-yard streak to within 50 yards. That matched the NFL record set by Tennessee’s Ryan Succup, whose mark spanned the 2014-17 seasons. Folk hasn’t missed a field goal attempt from 49 yards or less since missing a 45-yarder in Game 1 of the 2020 season against Miami.

The game was the fourth coldest in Bills history with a temperature of 7 degrees during the game and the wind chill making it feel like minus-4.

The coldest game was played 28 years ago to the day in Buffalo’s 29-23 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders 29-23 in a divisional playoff game en route to the Bills making their fourth consecutive appearance — and last — to the Super Bowl. The temperature during the game was freezing, with the wind chill making conditions feel like minus-32.

Bills: Travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs or to host the Cincinnati Bengals.

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