By Jonathan Burgos –
Saturday night at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York the Buffalo Bills hosted the New England Patriots for a super wild card weekend postseason playoff game. It was also the third matchup between the two clubs in 41 days. This game was also dubbed “Fight Night Round-3.” The 2021 series between these two clubs was 1-1 in the regular season but on Saturday night, the Bills made it a 2-1 series with 17-47 win.
In the first quarter with 9:58 on the clock, Allen passed short right to Dawson Knox to get the first TD of the game, striking early for the Buffalo Bills. Knox joined the Bills in 2019 after being drafted by the team in the third round (96th overall) out of Ole Miss. He played in 28 games during his time at Ole Miss. His nine TD’s in the 2021 regular season set a franchise record for TDs scored by a tight end in a season and were tied for second in the NFL. With 5:48 on the clock in the first quarter, Jones passed deep left intended for Agholor and was intercepted by Hyde. With 45 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Allen passed short middle to Knox to get his second TD of the game for Buffalo. In the regular season Knox has nine TDs and now in the postseason, Knox has two TDs. At the end of the first quarter it was a 0-14 Bills lead.
In the second quarter with 7:24 on the clock Singletary got a TD for Buffalo and then with two minutes on the clock, Singletary got his second TD of the game for Buffalo.With six seconds remaining in the second quarter and first half, The Patriots needed to get into this game and they did with Folk making a 44 yard field goal. At the end of the second quarter it was a 3-27 Buffalo Bills lead.
With 12:58 on the clock in the third quarter 7-14-50.0%, Jones passed short left intended for Henry was intercepted by Levi Wallace/ That was the second interception pass of the game for Mac Jones. With 8:56 on the clock in the third quarter, Allen passed deep left to Sanders to get a TD for Buffalo. With 4:16 on the clock in the third quarter, Mac Jones passed short left to connect with Bourne to get his first postseason TD pass.
With 13:27 on the clock in the fourth quarter, Allen passed deep down the middle to Davis to get a TD for Buffalo. With 8:40 on the clock in the fourth, Doyle reported in as eligible. Allen passed short left to Doyle to get a TD. With 1:49 on the clock Mac Jones passed short left to Bourne to get a TD, the second career postseason TD pass for Jones. At the end of the fourth quarter it was a 17-47 Buffalo Bills game.
Kendrick Bourne had five touchdowns in the regular season and tonight Jones connected twice with Bourne for him to get two postseason TDs this season, his third career postseason TD. For Mac Jones he had two touchdown passes in this game and threw two interceptions.
Patriots third down efficiency was 7-14-50.0%, fourth down efficiency was 4-4-100.0%, red zone efficiency was 2-2-100% and goal to go efficiency was 2-2-100%. The Patriots had 20 total rushing plays and 61 total offensive plays.
The Buffalo Bills played the better game Saturday night with Josh Allen making five touchdown passes. Dawson Knox had two touchdown catches while Emmanuel Sanders, Gabriel Davis and Tommy Doyle each got one receiving touchdown. Levi Wallace and Micah Hyde both had interception catches. Buffalo Bills third down efficiency was 6-7-85.7%, red zone efficiency was 6-6-100% and goal to go efficiency was 3-3-100%. The Bills had 29 total rushing plays and 54 total offensive plays.
Saturday night, Dawson Knox became the first Bill since Bill Brooks in 1994 (1/15 vs. LA Raiders) to catch multiple touchdowns in a single postseason game.Knox is also the first Bills tight end with two touchdowns in a postseason game.