The Buffalo Bills have had an offensive performance for the ages, a feat that has never been performed in NFL history. In the Bills’ 47-17 landslide victory over the New England Patriots, Buffalo never punted, threw a field goal or returned the ball – the first team in league history to play a game whole without kicks, punts or turnovers. .
Buffalo’s first negative play from scrimmage came in the penultimate game of the game, a knee down from quarterback Mitch Trubisky to run the clock. The Bills scored on their first seven possessions, the first team in NFL playoff history to accomplish that feat.
Here’s the Bills’ “perfect” offensive play:
- Scored a touchdown on all seven offensive drives (excluding knees)
- Average 12.3 yards per pass
- Average 6.0 yards per carry
- Didn’t take a bag
- They went 6 for 7 on 3rd down and the only 3rd down they didn’t convert was the last knee down of the game
- Had more touchdown passes (five) than misses (four)
- Gained yards on 49 of 51 plays (excluding knees)
- Only negative distance plays were two knees at the end of the match
The Bills are the second team in the Super Bowl era to score a touchdown on seven consecutive possessions in a playoff game. The only other team to accomplish this feat was the 2019 Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoffs against the Houston Texans. The 47 points was the most points a team coached by Bill Belichick had ever allowed in a playoff game, including his time as head coach and defensive coordinator.
No team will ever be able to accomplish what the Bills did in the playoffs on Saturday — a new first in the NFL record books.