Going into Week 16, the Bills knew they needed a win over the Patriots to keep their hopes alive of winning the AFC East and Josh Allen did his best to make sure that win happened.
In what was arguably his best performance of the year, the Bills quarterback put on an offensive show during an impressive 33-21 road win for Buffalo. With Allen running the offense to near perfection, the Patriots simply couldn’t figure out how to slow down a Bills team that didn’t punt a single time on nine possessions.
In the first meeting between these two teams, the Patriots got some defensive help from Mother Nature, who slowed down the Bills’ passing game with 70 mph winds. This time around, Mother Nature stayed at home on a day where the weather was nearly perfect and Allen took advantage of it by throwing for 314 yards and three touchdowns.
Buffalo’s first possession foreshadowed what the rest of the game was going to be like: The Bills moved the ball at will and that was mostly thanks to Allen. The Bills also proved on the opening drive that they were playing to win.
After Allen drove them 58 yards, the Bills faced a fourth-and-2 from the Patriots’ 3-yard line, and at that point, Sean McDermott didn’t even hesitate — he knew his team was going for it. Allen made the gamble pay off with a perfect strike to Isaiah McKenzie. The score below gave the Bills a 7-0 lead and they never trailed after that.
McKenzie was arguably the unsung hero of the game for Buffalo. With Cole Beasley out due to COVID, McKenizie stepped up and had one of the biggest games of his career with 11 catches for 125 yards.
As for Allen, he didn’t just do damage with his right arm in this game, he also hurt the Patriots with his legs. One of the biggest plays of the day came on a fourth-and-1 with just 4:27 left to play. With the Bills clinging to a 26-21 lead, McDermott once again decided to go for it and once…