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Why the Buffalo Bills are a Legitimate Super Bowl 57 Threat

By Carlos Chacon

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen did everything in his power to finally beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs. Unfortunately, Allen and the Bills came up short yet again. However, that shouldn’t take away the fact that the fourth-year QB looked as phenomenal as ever in the biggest game of his life despite suffering another heartbreaking postseason loss.

We give our point of view on why the Buffalo Bills

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Reasons Why the Buffalo Bills are a Legitimate Super Bowl 57 Threat

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A One-Man Wrecking Crew

Josh Allen gave the Kansas City Chiefs his all during the Chiefs’ 42-36 overtime win in Sunday night’s massive AFC Divisional Round showdown. The 2020 second-team All-Pro finished with 329 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, and not a single pick on 27-of-37 passing, whilst also leading his team with 11 carries for 68 rushing yards.

Allen faced immense pressure on two separate occasions during the fourth quarter. He led the Bills down the field for a methodical 17-play, 75-yard scoring drive to take the lead with under two minutes left in the game, 29-26; a drive that culminated with a bomb of a 27-yard TD strike to Gabriel Davis followed by a successful two-point conversion pass to Stefon Diggs.

With the Chiefs scoring in less than a minute to regain the lead, Allen staged another clinical six-play, 75-yard go-ahead touchdown drive with yet another scoring pass to Davis with just 13 seconds left in the contest and with Buffalo back up by three. However, as we’ll get into the next section, Allen would not be given another chance for another heroic comeback effort.

Not Given a Chance to Retaliate

Against all odds, the Chiefs needed just three plays with under 13 seconds left in regulation to set up the game-tying 49-yard field-goal attempt for Harrison Butker. KC’s trusted kicker actually missed a field goal and an extra point during this wild contest, but Butker would not be denied his shot at redemption to send the game into overtime with both teams tied at 36 points apiece.

Kansas City won the coin flip to decide the opening possession in OT, and Patrick Mahomes was unfazeable as he led the Chiefs to a 75-yard game-winning drive and denied the Bills a shot at a comeback.

It wasn’t Allen’s fault that the Chiefs could not be stopped on offense as that blame goes to Buffalo’s top-ranked defense from the regular season. The Bills surrendered 42 points and 552 total yards of offense to Kansas City in the team’s biggest game of the season.

Bills Mafia A Force to Deal With in 2022 NFL Season

Given what we’ve seen from the feisty Bills this postseason and even during the regular season, it’s pretty safe to say that they’ll be widely regarded as top contenders to represent the AFC in the 2022 NFL campaign. Head coach Sean McDermott also deserves a ton of credit for his coaching staff’s play-calling prowess in this heated battle against the Chiefs.

Buffalo may need to upgrade some of its big boys from the offensive line this offseason. The team had to rely on Allen’s feet quite often with the pocket collapsing time and again. Thankfully, Allen was quite the marvel in scrambling situations that game.

Still, running back Devin Singletary (just 26 rushing yards and one rushing score on 11 carries against the Chiefs) is a talent not to be wasted, and a revamped O-line may just be what the Bills need to have a totally complete offense next season. That is, of course, with Allen still at the helm and hungry for playoff vengeance.

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