AFC Championship Game: Does Patrick Mahomes Finally Have a Competitor in Josh Allen?

Published 01/23/2021, 11:06 AM EST
Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have been bullish when it comes to the AFC. The side make their 3rd straight trip to the AFC title game this Sunday. In 2019, it was the New England Patriots. In 2019, it was the Tennessee Titans, and now, it’s the Buffalo Bills.

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Riding high on the influence of star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs have been as dominant a side seen in recent history. But some believe that Mahomes might finally have an able competitor in the AFC.

Someone who could challenge him and the Chiefs’ ambitions of dominating the Conference for years to come, and that man is the Buffalo Bills’ QB, Josh Allen.

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None better than Patrick Mahomes over the past few years

Patrick Mahomes has undoubtedly been the driving force behind the Chiefs’ recent successes. The quarterback has been in a league of his own and has been churning out MVP-caliber performances ever since he took over as the starting QB role.

Even this season, the quarterback registered close to 4,800 passing yards and 38 touchdowns in just a span of 15 games. Mahomes achieved this feat with a pass completion rate of 66.3%.

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Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Cleveland Browns during the first half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The quarterback’s dual-threat nature helps him scramble from a collapsing pocket and make unimaginable plays from the tightest of angles. His exploits have helped him win the NFL regular season MVP award in 2018 and the Super Bowl MVP award in 2020.

No one has ever come close to replicating what Mahomes has achieved in the past few seasons. But Josh Allen certainly seems like the sort of guy who can give Mahomes a run for his money.

Josh Allen, a contender for Mahomes’ crown

Josh Allen has had nothing short of a phenomenal 2020 season. With stats near-identical to those of Mahomes this season, it’s no surprise that many believe that this is the man who can challenge Mahomes for the best QB crown in the AFC.

As a matter of fact, Allen has had a better pass completion percentage compared to that of Mahomes with 69.2% of his passes finding their desired target.

Averaging close to 290 yards a game, the quarterback has seen a huge uptick in production as compared to his previous 2 seasons.

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Including rushing yards, Allen became the first QB in NFL history to register over 4,500 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes, and 5 rushing touchdowns in a single season.

Sep 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) passes the ball against the New York Jets during the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Allen’s heroics also saw his team finish the regular season with over 500-points, a new franchise record. The Bills’ scoring record this season eclipsed what they achieved back in 1991, a season the franchise reached the Super Bowl.

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After years of flying under the radar, Josh Allen has finally put the Buffalo-based outfit back on the map. And regardless of the outcome on Sunday, one should expect a couple of more showdowns between the 2 at the same platform in the seasons to come.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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