While much of the discussion in the aftermath of the Buffalo Bills loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last night in the 2022 Divisional Round is centered around the "overtime rules", that shouldn't take away from the masterpiece that Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes painted for us.
Both quarterbacks threw for a combined 707 yards and 7 touchdowns while leading their respective teams in rushing. This was a performance and a showing by both men that inevitably changed the landscape of the NFL and how people should look at the quarterback position.
If you take a look at the brief history of Allen and Mahomes, you will see that in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills, having the 10th overall pick, traded back with Kansas City, and the Chiefs selected Mahomes. From that moment on, whomever the Bills selected in the following draft would forever be linked with Mahomes. With the resources that the Bills acquired from Kansas City (combined with a couple other moves) the Buffalo Bills selected Josh Allen in 2018. And so it began...
While Mahomes enjoyed success earlier than Allen, both have redefined the quarterback position and what is expected from an elite playcaller in the NFL. I don't think that people will fully grasp the impact that the 42-36 victory by the Chiefs will have on the future of the NFL, but they should. Mahomes and Allen, both in the AFC will have many battles in the upcoming years, and officially put the other 14 teams in the Conference on notice.
Mahomes and Allen will forever be linked, from the draft until the end of their careers, and we all as fans will be able to sit front row to see these two do their work on the football field. As a Bills fan, the loss hurts, however this is not the end of the story for Allen and the Bills.
While Mahomes will move on and live to play another day, Josh Allen firmly solidified his position in the NFL as an elite quarterback...
So strap in, hold on, and enjoy the ride, Bills Mafia. It has just begun...