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Bills destroy Patriots 47-17 in AFC Wild Card for worst playoff loss of Bill Belichick's career - The Athletic

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen controlled the game through the air with 308 yards passing and five touchdowns, despite frigid temperatures.

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The Bills dominated the Patriots in every facet of their AFC Wild Card game on Saturday in Buffalo, winning 47-17 to advance in the postseason and set up a matchup with either the Chiefs or Bengals next weekend. The defeat was the worst playoff loss ever under Belichick and the second-worst loss of any game in his 22-year head coaching career.

Despite frigid temperatures, Bills quarterback Josh Allen controlled the game through the air with 308 yards passing and five touchdowns. Running back Devin Singletary added 81 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

"There are some things we can clean up and work on but at the end of the day we moved on and on to the next one," Allen said after the game. "It doesn't matter what we did today. It matters what we do next week. We got to put our foot forward and be ready for the next one."

The Bills cruised from the opening kickoff. Allen began the game with a nine-play, 70-yard drive that culminated in an eight-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dawson Knox. After Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was picked off in the end zone by Buffalo safety Micah Hyde, Allen drove the Bills back up the field for another Knox score.

Buffalo never looked back from there. Singletary scored twice and had his team up 27-3 at halftime. The deficit was the largest in Patriots playoff history and tied for the largest halftime deficit in any game under Bill Belichick (Week 12 in 2013 against Broncos), according to ESPN.

The Patriots finally got into the end zone with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter on a three-yard pass from Jones to Kendrick Bourne but it was too little too late. Buffalo would end up tacking on another 20 points in the second half before the final whistle was blown.

The Bills will now wait for Sunday’s AFC Wild Card result to determine their next opponent. If the Chiefs defeat the Steelers, they will travel to Kansas City. A Pittsburgh victory means Buffalo hosts the Bengals.

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