Josh Allen outplayed Patrick Mahomes on Sunday night in their rematch of the 2020 AFC Championship Game in Kansas City. On top of that, the Buffalo Bills’ star quarterback brought back one of his signature plays: The hurdle.
Per usual, Allen produced many highlight-reel plays in the Bills’ dominant 38-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on "Sunday Night Football." There was his 35-yard touchdown strike to Emmanuel Sanders and 53-yard touchdown dart to Dawson Knox, which Allen threw while he was on the move.
Overall, the 2020 MVP runner-up threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns on just 15 completions, while also accounting for 59 yards on the ground and another score.
The exclamation point, however, came when the game was already getting out of reach.
Faced with a 3rd-and-4 at Buffalo’s 40-yard line, Allen took off running to his left in pursuit of the first down. The Chiefs played it well, with La’Jarius Sneed in perfect position to make the tackle. But then Allen flew over him.
It's not the first time we've seen Allen hurdle an opposing defender with the Bills. In his rookie season in 2018, the 6-foot-5, 237-pound quarterback hurdled over Anthony Barr in a game against the Minnesota Vikings. It helped Allen earn his first career win in the NFL, and also put him on the map as one of the best playmaking quarterbacks in the league.
For years, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning’s rivalry dominated the AFC. Now, it’s time for Allen and Mahomes to take the mantle. They’re the two-best quarterbacks in the conference, and on top of that, the most dynamic. Allen possesses an incredible arm and game-changing speed.
That’s part of the reason why he’s worth $258 million.
Seriously: Allen can beat defenses in a variety of ways. He can unfurl the ball 40 yards down the field and sling it on the run. And when his receivers aren’t open, he tucks the ball under his arm and bulldozes — or jumps over — scores of hapless defenders. The Bills’ first touchdown Sunday came on a nine-yard Allen run up the gut.
Allen isn’t just a quarterback. The franchise savior is an outright playmaker, and he’s poised to propel the Bills over the Chiefs. It’s one heck of a leap.