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AP photo by Adrian Kraus / Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary, second from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first half of Saturday night's AFC wild-card playoff game against the rival New England Patriots in Orchard Park, N.Y.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills erased any doubt of who now rules the AFC East Division.

Allen set a team playoff record with five touchdown passes, including two to Dawson Knox, and Devin Singletary ran for two scores in the first half of a 47-17 throttling of the New England Patriots in a wild-card game Saturday night.

"We were ready to play," said Allen, who finished 21-of-25 passing for 308 yards. "Good week of practice. Lot of preparation went into this one."

Buffalo became the NFL's first team in the Super Bowl era to score on each of its seven possessions that didn't end with a kneeldown.

"That sounds like some Pop Warner stuff," Bills defensive tackle Harrison Phillips said.

The Bills beat their division rivals for a second time in three weeks and rebounded from an embarrassing 14-10 home loss on Dec. 6, when the Patriots threw just three passes but rushed for 222 yards to counter the blustery conditions on a night with winds gusts of 30-plus mph.

And don't think for a moment Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes forgot. He recalled how reporters specifically questioned safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer as being embarrassed.

"It was a little bit on my mind," Hughes said, accusing the media of antagonizing his teammates and a defense that led the league in fewest yards and points allowed.

"There was a lot of disrespect coming toward our defense. And so we felt like the only way to shut people up is to go out there and play football and let you guys sit and watch and talk," Hughes added. "And that's what we're doing right now, playing football."

The margin of defeat was the largest in the playoffs for New England in coach Bill Belichick's tenure, which began in 2000.

Though the winds were relatively calm Saturday, the Bills were hot in frigid conditions, with a game-time temperature of 7 degrees.

The third-seeded Bills advanced to the divisional round to host either the fourth-seeded Cincinnati Bengals, who beat the Las Vegas Raiders earlier in the day, or travel to Kansas City, depending on the outcome of the second-seeded Chiefs' game against the seventh-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. A trip to Kansas City would be a rematch of last year's AFC championship game, which the Chiefs won 38-24.

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AP photo by Adrian Kraus / Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox raises the ball as he scores a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Adrian Phillips, obscured, during the first half of an AFC wild-card playoff game Saturday night in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Against sixth-seeded New England, Buffalo gained 300 yards of total offense, had 19 first downs and built a 27-3 lead by halftime. The 30-point margin of victory and 47 points scored were the second most by the Bills in a playoff game, behind a 51-3 win over the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC championship game on Jan. 20, 1991.

"Shoot, every drive we couldn't get a stop was frustrating," Patriots linebacker Judon said. "It wasn't only one play. It wasn't one single player. It was everything. It was the whole game."

The Allen-led offense was so efficient it gained 480 yards offense on 51 snaps before backup Mitchell Trubisky finished the game with three kneeldowns.

"I think we feel good," Allen said. "There's some things that we can clean up and work on. But at the end of the day, we moved on, we're on to the next one, and it doesn't matter what we did today. It's what we do next week. We've got to put our foot forward and be ready for the next one."

The Bills rolled into the postseason by winning their final four games to clinch their second consecutive division title. After losing 35 of 40 meetings to New England from 2000 to 2019, Buffalo has now defeated the Patriots in four of the past five meetings, coinciding with veteran quarterback Tom Brady's departure to Tampa Bay, where he led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship last year.

The Patriots limped into the playoffs by losing three of their last four, and they were effectively outclassed in rookie quarterback Mac Jones' postseason debut.

"Get ready to go next year. There's nothing we can do now that can change the outcome of what happened tonight or whatever, the last, since December," center David Andrews said. "It's frustrating. It's disappointing. Missed opportunity. It's fleeting."

New England's previous worst playoff loss under Belichick was a 33-14 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, also in the wild-card round, on Jan. 10, 2010.

Jones struggled as he went 24-of-38 for 232 yards with two touchdowns to Kendrick Bourne, including a 4-yarder in the final two minutes. Jones was also intercepted twice in closing his season with a combined seven touchdown passes and seven interceptions in his final five outings.

The Bills put the Patriots on their heels from the opening drive, with Allen patiently waiting in the pocket before scrambling to his right and avoiding a sack. Before stepping out of bounds, Allen lobbed an 8-yard pass to a wide-open Knox in the back right corner of the end zone.

Buffalo's defense then snuffed out the Patriots' opening drive, with Micah Hyde having the speed and angle to make a leaping interception in snatching the ball away just before Nelson Agholor was about to catch it in the end zone. Jones was also intercepted on New England's opening drive of the second half, when his pass intended for Hunter Henry was deflected by linebacker Matt Milano and picked off by Levi Wallace.

"Guys made some unbelievable plays — offense, defense, special teams," Allen said. "We started off really fast with the touchdown. Micah with the unbelievable play there in the end zone. We just kept the momentum rolling all day today.

"We were happy to get this one."

No series was more indicative of New England's flat-footed performance than allowing Singletary to score on a 16-yard run to cap a four-play, 89-yard drive to put Buffalo up 27-0 with 1:53 left in the first half. Allen placed a perfect 45-yard pass to Stefon Diggs, who had a step on New England's top defensive back J.C. Jackson, a Pro Bowl selection, up the right sideline. Two plays later, Singletary eluded the entire defense in reaching the end zone.

Patriots kicker Nick Folk's 44-yard field goal with a second left in the first half extended his streak to 56 attempts made from less than 50 yards. That matched the NFL record set by Ryan Succup, whose mark spanned the 2014-17 seasons with the Tennessee Titans. Folk hasn't missed a field-goal attempt of 49 yards or shorter since missing a 45-yarder in the 2020 season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

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