Allen completed 28 of 48 pass attempts for 287 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 88 yards on seven carries in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Allen made one of the greatest one-year leaps in progression we've ever witnessed from his second to third campaign. The rising star improved his completion percentage 10 points (59 to 69 percent) while posting MVP-level passing numbers in 2020, but the quarterback we saw on the field Sunday was closer to the inferior 2018/2019 versions, even though he clearly battled hard until the end. Allen was under duress in the pocket and forced some inaccurate throws when he wasn't straight up getting sacked (four sacks for a combined loss of 53 yards). The 24-year-old tried to get the offense going with his legs, as his 88 rushing yards represented a new season high. The Bills were outclassed by the Chiefs on both sides of the ball, and that all shouldn't fall on just the quarterback, but Allen didn't perform up to the expectations he set after a tremendous overall season. How the young gunslinger responds to the sting of defeat ultimately may determine which direction his development moves in his fourth year as a pro, but Buffalo fans and fantasy managers have to feel optimistic after witnessing the overwhelmingly positive results Allen displayed this season.
Allen completed 23 of 37 attempts for 206 yards and a passing touchdown, adding seven rushes for three yards during Saturday's 17-3 divisional-round win against the Ravens. He fumbled once, but teammate Dion Dawkins recovered the loose ball. Allen's Bills entered the contest at a perfect 7-0 record since Week 12, with the third-year signal-caller compiling 20 total TDs and an NFL-best 1,840 passing yards over his past six outings. Buffalo came out firing through the air with pass attempts on 19 of the team's first 20 plays from scrimmage, but Allen's output in passing yardage was the MVP candidate's fourth-lowest total of the 2020 campaign. Heroic statistical contributions weren't required, as Baltimore struggled to score throughout the night. A head injury to Lamar Jackson on the final play of the third quarter further stifled the Ravens' attack. In what will either be a home game against the Browns or a road trip to take on the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, Allen has an opportunity to push Buffalo to its first Super Bowl appearance since 1994.
Allen completed 26 of 35 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns while adding 54 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushing attempts in Saturday's 27-24 wild-card round win over the Colts. Allen showcased his creativity and improved decision-making on a three-yard touchdown pass to Dawson Knox late in the first quarter, flipping the ball to the tight end when he saw Knox wide open in the end zone on a play that was designed to be a quarterback draw. He then gave the Bills a 14-10 lead just before halftime with a five-yard touchdown run to cap a controversial drive that included a pair of sideline catches by Gabriel Davis that were both ruled in bounds to account for 56 yards, followed by an interception called back on a penalty and another would-be interception overturned on replay. Allen added a 35-yard touchdown pass to favorite target Stefon Diggs to take a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter, and though Buffalo's offense largely stalled after that, Indianapolis' comeback bid came up short. With his first career playoff win in the books, Allen will have another home playoff game in the AFC divisional round next week.
Allen completed 18 of 25 passes for 244 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 56-26 win over the Dolphins. He also rushed twice for three yards and was replaced by Matt Barkley at halftime to keep Allen healthy for the postseason. Allen was intercepted on the opening drive but responded with a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to Isaiah McKenzie and another to John Brown to help the Bills take a 28-6 lead into halftime. With Buffalo feeling comfortable about its chances of securing the No. 2 seed in the AFC, Allen got the rest of the afternoon off. The 2018 first-round pick made a third-year leap in 2020, throwing for 4,564 yards and a 37:10 TD:INT to go with 421 yards and eight touchdowns on 102 rushing attempts to lead Buffalo to a 13-3 record.
Allen is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins and will presumably start at quarterback, though he could be rested at some point during the contest, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports. Allen's favorite target, Stefon Diggs, is also suiting up, but some of the key inactives such as Tre'Davious White, Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison should provide a clue as to how the Bills are viewing this game, which can only dictate whether they'll be the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the AFC, and even the latter would require a Pittsburgh win. It's impossible to predict how some of these Week 17 games will go, but the best guess would seem to be that Allen and the main active players will stay out there long enough to stay polished for next week's playoff game. Giardi notes that Allen is 40 yards from breaking the Bills' single-season passing record, so head coach Sean McDermott could choose to pull the quarterback in favor of backup Matt Barkley shortly after Allen establishes a new franchise record.
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