Josh Allen throws five touchdowns as Bills maul Patriots

Josh Allen passed for 308 yards and five touchdowns as the third-seeded Buffalo Bills outscored the visiting New England Patriots 47-17 in an AFC wildcard game on Saturday night in Orchard Park, New York.

Allen (21 of 25 assists) guided the Bills to touchdowns on their first seven possessions, a first for any team in a postseason Super Bowl-era game. Devin Singletary rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns for the Bills.

The Bills became the first playoff team since at least 1950 not to throw or attempt a field goal and go the full game without a turnover.

Allen added 66 rushing yards on six carries. He became the third player in NFL playoff history to throw five or more touchdowns while throwing fewer than five misses and no interceptions.

“We were ready to play. A lot of preparation went into this one,” Allen told the CBS broadcast in a postgame interview. “We just kept the momentum going all day today.”

Buffalo will face either Kansas City or Cincinnati in the divisional round next weekend.

Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones passed 24 of 38 for 232 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first playoff start. Kendrick Bourne had seven catches for a team-best 77 yards and two scores for New England.

The Patriots were playing their first playoff game without Tom Brady at quarterback since losing at Jacksonville in the wildcard round on Jan. 3, 1999.

It was the first playoff meeting between the AFC East rivals since a then-Boston Patriots team won 26-8 at Buffalo’s War Memorial Stadium on Dec. 28, 1963, in a a division game. The teams have shared their two regular season meetings this season.

“It’s disappointing, especially when there are no more games after this,” Patriots linebacker Matt Judon said. “Honestly, everything was a bit frustrating. … When they hit on all phases … it’s very difficult to stop a team. It was their night tonight.”

Allen led the Bills to touchdowns in each of their four possessions in the first half as Buffalo built a 27-3 halftime lead. He scored the biggest halftime deficit for the Patriots under coach Bill Belichick.

Jones was intercepted during the Patriots’ second-half opener. On the next drive, Allen hit Emmanuel Sanders on a 34-yard bomb for another touchdown to make it 33-3 at 8:48 of the third.

With the game already underway, Jones threw a three-yard pass to Bourne for the QB’s first playoff TD with 4:12 left in the third.

Allen added a 19-yard pass to Gabriel Davis and a one-yard touchdown throw to offensive lineman Tommy Doyle in the fourth quarter as the Bills increased the score. Jones added another four-yard TD throw to Bourne late in the fourth.

Buffalo rushed for 70 yards on nine plays in Game 1 to score as Allen found Dawson Knox for an eight-yard touchdown with 9:45 left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing practice, Jones drove the Patriots to the Bills 34-yard line before his pass intended for Nelson Agholor was intercepted by Micah Hyde in the end zone for a touchdown.

Allen and Knox connected again for an 11-yard touchdown with 40 seconds left in the quarter to make it 14-0.

Singletary had a pair of TD runs in the second quarter, scoring on a three-yard rush with 7:20 on the clock and again on a 16-yard rush with 1:53 remaining.

Nick Folk’s 44-yard field goal six seconds before halftime put New England on the board.

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