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ORCHARD PARK, NY — The Buffalo Bills’ second-round win against the Miami Dolphins took a setback thanks to the ejection of quarterback Josh Allen.

Facing second-and-18 at their own 13-yard line, the Bills needed to make some big plays or be forced to give the ball back to the Dolphins with limited time but likely good field for a tie. Instead, Allen connected with wide receiver Gabe Davis for a 15-yard touchdown pass, and the Bills’ offense cruised downfield with all of 5 minutes, 56 seconds remaining, to take 56 seconds off the clock on a 15-play, 65-yard drive.

A defensive pass interference play on third down in Miami territory led to a 25-yard field goal attempt that Tyler Bass kicked through the uprights after Bills players helped dust him off in the snow.

That touchdown led to a 32-29 victory over the Dolphins and a fourth straight playoff appearance for a title-chasing Bills team. It also gave Buffalo its third consecutive 11-plus game campaign, the second-longest streak in franchise history (four straight from 1990 to 1993). The festivities began with Bass and several players skating in the snow to celebrate.

“It took everything we had to pull it out tonight,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “It just makes it special… You know, like I said, it’s humbling. I really feel that way about it. Humbled to be a part of this in this great city that doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves. Frankly said: And the fans, I mean, this place is one of a kind. So, just awesome. Wonderful.”

Trailing by eight points early in the fourth quarter, the Bills tied the score on their second-to-last drive, thanks in large part to Allen’s 44-yard run on a quarterback draw that put Buffalo inside the Dolphins’ 20. compared his running path to Forrest Gump, how he picked up his knees and continued full speed ahead.

Allen’s long run in the fourth quarter was the highlight of the Bills’ revitalized rushing attack. They rushed for 99 yards in the final 15 minutes after rushing for a combined 51 yards in the first three quarters. Allen finished with a team-best 77 yards on 10 carries and four touchdown passes, all to running backs and tight ends, including a 5-yard scoring pass to Dawson Knox on the tying play. Allen then dove for the 2-point conversion that followed.

“He’s making plays that I’ve never seen before. Sometimes you kind of become a fan watching him,” Knox said. “Unfortunately, I was under a 300-pound 3-technique on that play that he caught the ball on two points, so I didn’t see it until we saw the JumboTron. But I’ve kind of talked about it before. It’s not even surprising at this point. You’re so Josh being Josh again. He’s the best defender in the league, the best football player in the league. So, when you collect him in your team, you need a chance to win.”

The Bills led 21-13 at halftime, but all three phases of their game were undone in the third quarter. The offense went on four straight possessions, the defense gave up two rushing touchdowns and special teams extended the Dolphins’ drive thanks to a roughing penalty by defensive back Cam Lewis.

But when the snow came down in the fourth quarter, it all came together for the Bills. After Allen’s fumble, the defense held the Dolphins to a field goal and Buffalo’s offense put together back-to-back scores to close the game.

“Almost all of that had to happen, didn’t it?” Bills safety Jordan Poyer said of Snow’s timing. “We didn’t see much snow. We thought we were going to see a lot more snow than we did. But yeah, Josh goes down, the offense goes down and he scores, and the snow just starts to fall. It actually kind of was. surreal. It was a fun, fun atmosphere though.”

The Bills remain atop the AFC with an 11-3 record, with games against the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots remaining. But now sights are set on hosting many more games at Orchard Park.

“That’s the No. 1 thing Coach McDermott preaches, is playoff caliber. can’t win a Super Bowl unless you make the playoffs,” Allen said. “So that’s the No. 1 goal. Goal #2 now is to win the division. Here’s how we’ll take it. We’ll take it one game at a time. Be ready for next week.”


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