Josh Allen played a huge role in getting the Buffalo Bills to their first AFC championship game in 27 years.
The third-year starter was the first to acknowledge he needs to be much better for the Bills to take the next step.
“It’s going to fuel us. I have no doubt in my mind that we will be back,” Allen said after the Bills were outclassed in a 38-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.
“We’re still young, and we’re only going to get better,” he added. “That’s the one thing I take from this. We’re close.”
Hardly close enough.
In a season the Bills (15-4) busted numerous slumps by sweeping the New England Patriots for the first time since 1999, and claimed their first division title in 25 years, Allen and Co. were reminded of how far they still have to go in losing to the defending Super Bowl champions.
Buffalo’s bend-but-don’t-break defense wilted, squandering a 9-0 lead by giving up three touchdowns over the span of 10:04 in the second quarter. And Allen simply couldn’t keep up.
After scoring their first touchdown set up by Taiwan Jones recovering Mecole Hardman’s muffed punt at the Kansas City 3, the Bills settled for field goals on three drives inside the Chiefs 35. The game was essentially over when Allen, facing second-and-10 at the Kansas City 20, was picked off by Rashad Fenton two minutes into the fourth quarter.