NFL Playoffs | The Bills make an appointment with the Chiefs

(Orchard Park) Josh Allen threw three touchdown passes and set a team record with a 52-yard touchdown run as the Buffalo Bills defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-17 on Monday in a first-round matchup of the NFL playoffs.

The duel, originally scheduled for Sunday, was postponed by a day due to weather conditions.

Allen threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Khalil Shakir with 6:27 left to restore the Bills’ two-game lead.

“We have a tough group,” Allen said of his team, which was 6-6 after an overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 26. The leadership of our veterans, I truly believe there is no better anywhere else in the league. »

The Bills finished the season with five straight wins to clinch second place in the Conference USA. They will host Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, third in the conference, next Sunday night in the second round.


Khalil Shakir and Cameron Heyward

The Bills lost at Kansas City in 2020 and 2021, and now they will have the chance to turn things around by hosting the Chiefs on their home field.

“It’s going to take a team effort,” Allen said. We know what kind of team they are and the quarterback they have in Pat. »


Allen finished the game completing 21 of 30 passes for 203 yards. He also rushed for 74 yards on eight carries, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw at least three touchdown passes and have at least 70 rushing yards, in addition to a major, in a playoff game.

Mason Rudolph threw two touchdown passes in his first playoff start with the Steelers, but Mike Tomlin’s squad wasn’t consistent enough in both directions to compete with the Bills.

“I appreciate the effort, but we didn’t do what was necessary to win,” said Tomlin, who recalled that two turnovers by his team led to 14 points from the opponent.

You can’t show up there against this team, in the playoffs, and make those kinds of turnovers and think you can compete.

Mike Tomlin, Steelers head coach

The Steelers have lost their fifth straight playoff game – the team’s last victory was seven years ago.

The Bills scored on three of their first five offensive drives, quickly building a 21-0 lead following Allen’s touchdown run midway through the second quarter.

The Steelers gave themselves a chance to get back into the game when they blocked a field goal attempt late in the second quarter, only to score a touchdown.

Rudolph found Calvin Austin for the touchdown on a 7-yard pass with 10:32 left in the fourth quarter.

Asked about his future with the Steelers, having just finished his 17e season with the team, Tomlin smiled before leaving. He completed all of his seasons at the helm of the Steelers with a record of at least .500.


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