“This Is Why Josh Allen ..”: Bills’ Star QB Forced to Eat Very Cheeky Dig From NFL Legend Despite Marvelous Miami Win

Published 01/17/2023, 3:33 PM EST
Jan 15, 2023; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) scrambles away from Miami Dolphins linebacker Jaelan Phillips (15) during the second half in a NFL wild card game at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen led the Buffalo Bills to a thrilling victory over AFC East divisional rivals Miami Dolphins in their Wild Card playoff game. The 34-31 victory was not what the Bills had in mind, considering the injury-infested Dolphins side. And CBS color commentator and former NFL quarterback Tony Romo may have gone overboard with his Allen praises or a subtle dig.

During the first touchdown play from the Bills at the Highmark Stadium on Sunday, former Cowboy Romo called Allen ‘Mr January’. This came after his incredible end zone connection with Dallas tight end Dawson Knox. And perhaps Tony’s accolades are a bit premature given the lack of a Super Bowl appearance for Josh Allen.

Josh Allen hasn’t yet shown his best in the January games in his career


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Tony Romo spent almost a decade as the Dallas Cowboys‘ signal-caller and only lost his place in 2016 to back up QB Dak Prescott after a back injury. After retirement, Romo joined the CBS NFL Telecasting crew as the official color commentator. However, this comment did not make too much sense because Josh Allen hasn’t had the same level of playoff success that he has enjoyed in regular seasons.


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“This is why Josh Allen is Mr. January. He just starts to play perfect football and it’s so hard to beat Buffalo,” Romo said on the CBS telecast.

In his six career postseason games, Josh Allen has only managed to put up a 3-3 record. And without a single Super Bowl appearance to his name, the NFL world found Tony’s comments to be extremely ambiguous and puzzling.


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Allen’s successfully engineered opening TD play could have had something to do with Romo’s comment

The one thing the fans and media couldn’t blame Tony Romo for was for showing his appreciation for the play in question. Josh Allen looked like he was about to get sacked in the 1st and goal play towards the beginning of the first quarter. However, no. 17 successfully maneuvered his way around the pocket to throw a dime to his dependable tight end Dawson Knox.

Jan 15, 2023; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox (88) celebrates with offensive tackle Spencer Brown (79) after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half in a NFL wild card game at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

And that was not it. Knox caught the ball from Allen in a spectacular one-handed fashion, leaving the crowd in awe. Romo wasn’t all wrong. Josh Allen had a ‘Mr. January’ night for sure. 3 touchdown throws over 352 passing yards are numbers that certainly deserve that title. Josh threw 2 interceptions and even had some heated moments in the game. But Allen thinks a win is a win. However, he cannot afford the same errors against Super Bowl LVI runners-up Cincinnati Bengals next week.


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Soumyapriyo Ganguly

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favorites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC, and Formula 1.

Edited By: Deepika Bhaduri