Josh Allen Takes the Fall for AFC Championship Loss, Admits He ‘Didn’t Perform Well’

Published 01/25/2021, 9:14 AM EST
Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills were riding on cloud 9 in the build-up to this year’s AFC Championship Game that was scheduled for Sunday night. But things did not go as per plan. A partially fit Patrick Mahomes did enough damage to win his second straight AFC Championship Game, that too on home soil.

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Kansas City Chiefs are on track to defend their Super Bowl title as they sealed a commanding 38-24 win last night at the Arrowhead. Despite suffering a concussion last week and playing with a toe injury, Mahomes went 29 of 38, throwing for 325 yards with 3 passing touchdowns. His counterpart, Josh Allen, did not enjoy the same fortune though.

Allen could only complete 28 of his 50-odd attempted passes as the Chiefs defense gave him a tough time through the AFC Championship tie.

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Josh Allen painted a frustrated figure after losing his first NFC Championship game on Sunday. But he is not one to sulk and victimize himself. Instead, Allen took the fall for the loss but added that he intends to bounce right back in 2021.

“I didn’t perform well enough to help this team win tonight. To score 24 points against this team usually doesn’t do it. … We moved the ball well enough. We got down to the red zone, but we couldn’t get the ball in the end zone. A couple bad decisions on my part.

Dec 19, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks to throw against Denver Broncos defensive tackle McTelvin Agim (95) during the third quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

“We didn’t execute, I didn’t execute how I should’ve. I didn’t perform well enough for this team. When you’re going against the reigning Super Bowl Champs who are [14-2] and the No. 1 seed, at Arrowhead and you don’t have your A-game, you’re not gonna win the game. And that’s what it was, just a couple decisions early on, trying to press.

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“I think in the second half, we kinda got things going a little bit better, but our red zone efficiency, settle for field goals when you got to score touchdowns against these guys,” Allen said after the game.

Allen and the Bills can take back a lot of positives from their latest setback. There is nowhere to go but up for the high-octane Bills who have a bright future ahead playing under coach Dermott and his brilliant coaching staff.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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