"If Josh Allen doesn't win MVP it's rigged."
That's what Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins had to say following the Bills 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts Saturday afternoon. Allen had three touchdowns and set some records along the way, becoming the first quarterback in NFL postseason history to throw for more than 300 yards, rush for more than 50 yards and complete more than 70-percent of his passes.
"We found a way to win a close one," Allen said after the game. "The perseverance of this team is what I think this team is embodied by."
As a unit, the offense was slow out of the gate compared to what we've grown accustomed to this season. The Bills first touchdown came with 1:49 left in the first quarter as Allen flipped a touchdown to tight end, Dawson Knox. Buffalo's next touchdown didn't come until the very end of the first half when Allen rushed to his right for a five-yard gain. On the drive leading to the score, Allen was exceptional, connecting with wide receiver Gabriel Davis on some pretty throws down the sideline.
"They started off with a bang and it took us a second to adjust and catch up to what they were doing."
"We started off with a lot of bad field position early," wide receiver Cole Beasley added. "We really just had to stay patient and figure it out, they're a defense that makes you earn it so we knew we had to stay patient and I'm just glad we did enough today."
In the second half, the Bills offense only managed to score one touchdown but it was certainly pretty. With just 14 minutes left in the game, Allen dropped a beautiful pass into the outstretched arms of Stefon Diggs for a 35-yard touchdown. The play put the Bills up two scores, but Indianapolis fought their way back. Buffalo only scored three more points after that thanks to a 54-yard field goal from Tyler Bass.
"I'd say we did a good job today but there is obviously some things we still want to improve upon," Allen said. "Hats off to them, they played outstanding today, they have some really good players over there, two All-Pros, and it shows."
When speaking with reporters, Allen brought up the lessons he learned from the Bills' playoff loss to Houston last year. In that game, the Bills blew a 16-point lead and only scored six points in the entire second half [and overtime].
"We were able to take what we learned last year and take it to this game. We didn't try to press, didn't try to do too much, we let the game come to us and that's what we did."
Besides a fumble late in the fourth quarter that was recovered by right tackle Daryl Williams, Allen's day had few blemishes. He might not be the NFL MVP as Dawkins is hoping -- but he was the Bills MVP on Saturday.
"We want to win more," Allen said. "One is not good enough for us so we need to go find a way to put our best foot forward this week so we can execute against whoever we may play."