Buffalo secured the game with a lead-extending touchdown late in the fourth quarter to end the game 31-17. In a contest that saw the Bills take a two-touchdown lead off multiple turnovers in the first quarter, they needed to prevent a Steelers come-from-behind game when up by only a touchdown in the last quarter of the game.
In this game, there are several players among offense, defense, and special teams could have won this week’s Player of the Game, and they would be well deserved in a playoff game that many of the top Buffalo talent showed up and showed out in.
We are awarding the Player of the Game Award in the AFC Super Wild Card round to quarterback Josh Allen, who was 21/30 with 203 yards, three passing touchdowns, and a 52-yard rushing touchdown:
JOSH ******* ALLEN!!!!
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 15, 2024
Allen’s rushing touchdown that went for over half of the entire field was his fourth rushing touchdown in the postseason. Additionally, this was Allen’s second playoff game in his career with no interceptions or fumbles – the first coming against the New England Patriots in the Bills blowout 2021 Wild-Card win at home.
Allen found both tight ends in the first quarter, but his solo run for a touchdown midway through the second quarter energized he faithful fans that braved the snow to watch Buffalo win. It was Allen’s longest rush in his entire career, and breaks his longest postseason rush which was for 42 yards in his first playoff game against the Houston Texans in the 2018 AFC Wild-Card round.
The Bills will use the next week to prepare Highmark Stadium to host the 2022 Super Bowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round.