Josh Allen and Bills beat Patriots; Now leads AFC East
It was about as good a Christmas present as Buffalo Bills fans could have hoped for. A big victory at Foxborough.
The Bills defeated the Patriots by a score of 33-21. The game featured a dominant performance from Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who threw over 300 yards and three touchdowns. The Bills were unstoppable in the third downs and Allen absolutely got the upper hand in the second half.
With Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis both on the COVID-19 roster today, the Bills turned to Isaiah McKenzie, who caught 11 passes for 125 yards. Both are career highs for McKenzie.
The Bills had one final offensive streak, where offensive coordinator Brian Daboll called a game-action bootleg that allowed Allen to throw a first pass down to tight end Dawson Knox.
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones didn’t have a good day at the office. He completed 14 of 32 passes for 145 yards and two interceptions.
The only bad part of the Bills’ victory was the run defense, which saw Damien Harris get a few carries over 10 yards.
The win now puts the Bills in first place in the AFC East with a 9-6 record. The Patriots are also 9-6, but the Bills hold the divisional record tiebreaker.
The victory also propelled the Bills to 4th in the AFC standings. The top four seeds (division winners) guarantee at least one home playoff game.
The Bills are now returning to Orchard Park to play their last two games of the 2021 regular season: next Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons and the following Sunday against the New York Jets.
The Patriots’ last two games will be against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins.
The Bills have a very slim chance of getting the AFC’s number one seed as they also need to win and get some help. Seeds 2-4 look much more likely.
The Bills are now in control of their fate in the AFC East and hope to host a home playoff game the weekend of January 15-16.
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