Josh Allen walked toward the thousands of Bills fans who made their way to South Florida for the weekend, waving his arms as they showered him with postgame cheers.
It felt like home.
And that’s where surging Buffalo will be next weekend. The Bills are AFC East champions for the fourth straight season and the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.
“What a resilient group,” said Allen, who threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Dawson Knox midway through the fourth quarter to rally Buffalo past the Miami Dolphins 21-14 on Sunday night.
“So proud of our guys,” Allen continued. “They battled their tails off. The final couple of drives I felt we found a groove on the offensive side of the ball. The ball was coming out of my hands the best all year.”
Allen made things difficult with three turnovers in Miami territory, but he finished with 359 yards and two touchdown passes for the Bills, who didn’t clinch a playoff berth until Tennessee beat Jacksonville earlier Sunday. Buffalo will host seventh-seeded Pittsburgh in the wild-card round next Sunday.
Meanwhile, during the game, there were instances of inappropriate touching. New video footage has emerged, and Bills fans are calling for the suspension of Dolphins’ Christian Wilkins for “repeatedly touching Josh Allen below the belt,” labeling it as “sexual harassment.” Wilkins has faced accusations of engaging in such behavior multiple times, including incidents involving Allen and others during his college career.
The Bills were 5-5 in mid-November and faced long odds just to make the playoffs. They fired offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey after a Week 10 collapse against Denver. From there, they won six of seven — including five straight to close out the season.
Miami, which made the playoffs with its Week 16 win over Dallas, fell to the sixth seed and will play at AFC West champion Kansas City on Saturday night.
Unsportsmanlike conduct has no place in the game, and the NFL should mete out appropriate penalties for any player who crosses the line during a game.