Bills QB Josh Allen is no stranger to making history.
In only his fourth year in the league, he’s done plenty of both already and shows no sign of slowing down or stopping anytime soon.
Recently he has been on a streak of record-setting performances, some of which have been showcased at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
That streak continued in Saturday’s contest, as Allen made more history.
Josh Allen tonight:
-Had more TDs (5) than incompletions (4).
-Became the first player in #NFL history with 5 passing TDs, an 80% completion percentage & and 50+ rush yards.
-First QB in #NFL playoff history to throw for 300 yards, 5 TDs and run for 60+ yards. pic.twitter.com/OEbvXpna0L
— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) January 16, 2022
Allen went 21/25 throwing more scoring tosses (5) than incompletions (4) on his way to becoming the first QB in NFL history to go for 300-plus passing yards with five-TDs, and 60-plus yards rushing. He also became the first player in league history with 5 passing TDs, an 80% completion percentage, and 50-plus rushing yards.
With the win, Allen had his fourth career playoff game with 250+ yards passing and 50+ rushing, which is significant in that he is the only player in the Super Bowl era with more than two.
His five passing touchdowns in the game were a new Bills single-game playoff record as well.
One thing that is exciting for Bills fans and concerning for their future opponents is that at age 25 we likely haven’t even seen Allen’s ceiling as to what he can achieve.
In Saturday’s contest, he would lead the Bills offense to a touchdown on every offensive drive that he was under center, racking up seven total TDs for 47 points and 482 total yards on the day.
His impressive numbers left many with few words to describe them, including Bills TE Dawson Knox.
“When you throw more touchdowns than incompletions I think that speaks for itself, ” Knox said while addressing the media after the game. “There’s not much to be said when you have stats like that.”
“I mean obviously, the plays that he’s made all year is incredible, I think his passer rating was almost perfect tonight and it’s insane so it’s fun,” he added about Allen.
As head coach Sean McDermott points out, the progression from the raw talent Allen showed on arrival to the NFL to the dominant performance in Sunday’s win, is the result of his work in the weeks before games.
“It’s fun to watch young players develop. There’s a lot that goes into that,” McDermott said during his postgame press conference. “And number one is the player, in this case, Josh, taking great ownership of his development and his preparation this week is what led him to the results you saw on the field.”
Allen will look to continue to put the preparation in ahead of Buffalo’s next playoff game, as Buffalo moves a step forward in the direction of the Super Bowl.
One thing that’s become clear, is that the QB is preparing and playing at the next level the Bills will need him to if they are to reach it.
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