Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills received a stiffer test than many were anticipating in their Super Wild Card Weekend matchup against the Miami Dolphins. The AFC East rivals had very competitive games during the regular season, but with the Dolphins being as banged up as they were, many expected the Bills to run away with the game.
In the early going, that looked like it would be the case. After getting stopped on their first drive of the game, Josh Allen led the team on three consecutive scoring drives after that. In between that, Miami gained only 19 yards on three drives, one of which was ended early by a Skylar Thompson interception.
Leading 17-0, Josh Allen and the Bills seemingly throttled down as they began playing sloppily and the Dolphins took advantage. Miami continued chipping away at the deficit, scoring 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to tie the game.
It was certainly shocking as the Dolphins hung with the Bills from there on out always bouncing back. In the end, however, the gap at the quarterback position proved to be the biggest difference. While Josh Allen didn’t play the best game of his career, turning the ball over three times, he made just enough plays to help the Bills get a 34-31 victory.
Buffalo outgained Miami by nearly 200 yards as their sloppy play was the only reason that the game was close at all. Josh Allen outgained the entire Dolphins team by himself, throwing for 352 yards and rushing for 20 yards.
Josh Allen threw three touchdowns in the game, which puts him in an exclusive club. Allen is the second player to have 12+ touchdown passes over a three-game postseason span since 1970. The only other player to achieve this feat is Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, who accomplished it from 2008-09.
Those positives outweighed the negatives on Sunday afternoon as the Bills are advancing to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the Divisional Round. If Buffalo hopes to advance to the AFC Championship Game, they are going to need Josh Allen on his A game.