The Buffalo Bills will be moving on in the postseason for the first time since 1995. It was a strong effort by the Bills on Sunday, as they get revenge on the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season. Here are some key takeaways from Sunday’s game.
Josh Allen rises to the occasion
After having a rough postseason debut last year, Josh Allen responded hugely this season. Allen finished the day 29 of 32, for 351 yards and three touchdowns. Allen’s proven that he can win during the regular season, now he has proved that he can get it done in January too.
Front Seven Dominates
The front seven for the Bills ate the Texans up on Sunday. Ed Oliver had three of the teams five sacks, as the defense got pressure on DeShaun Watson all game long. They also held the Texans to just 34 yards on the ground. They controlled the line of scrimmage, which was a big reason why they got the win.
An unexpected hero comes to the forefront
Although he’s by no means an unknown, Dawson Knox had his best game of the season when it mattered most. The second-year tight end led all receivers with 11 receptions, for 148 yards and a score. He made big plays all game and was a total mismatch for the Texans defense.
The money downs
The Bills were excellent on third and fourth down on Sunday. They were 7 of 11 on third downs and converted their one attempt on fourth down. Usually, high conversion rates on third and fourth down will directly correlate a win. For the Bills, this was very much the case.
The Bills will be on the road for the Conference Championship in Denver as they’ll take on the Broncos.
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