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Bills clinch third consecutive playoff berth with win over Falcons


Josh Allen and Devin Singletary combined for 191 yards on the ground and four touchdowns as the Bills rushed their way to a 29-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium, clinching a playoff berth for the third straight season.

The Bills locked up the playoff berth with the win and the Ravens' 20-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. It is their fourth postseason appearance under Sean McDermott, who joins Marv Levy as the second coach to lead the franchise to the playoffs in four of his first five full seasons.

Buffalo can clinch a second straight AFC East title with a win at home against the New York Jets next Sunday or a New England loss at Miami.

The victory over Atlanta was Buffalo's third in a row and 10th of the season. The Bills have earned 10 or more wins in three straight seasons for the first time since 1990 to 1993.

McDermott is one of three coaches with 10 or more wins in each of the last three seasons, along with Kansas City's Andy Reid and Green Bay's Matt LaFleur.

The playoff berth comes as the culmination of an up-and-down season in which the Bills won three of their first four games before alternating wins and losses from Weeks 6 to 13. Back-to-back losses to the Patriots and Buccaneers in Weeks 13 and 14 dropped them to 7-6 and second in the AFC East.

Buffalo righted the ship with a 31-14 win over Carolina and then reclaimed the division lead with a 33-21 victory at New England in which Allen accumulated 378 total yards and three touchdowns. The quarterback overcame three interceptions against the Falcons, rushing for 81 yards and two scores.

Allen and Singletary became the second duo in Bills history to rush for two scores each in the same game, joining Curtis Brown and Terry Miller. Allen became the first quarterback in NFL history with six or more rushing touchdowns in each of his first four seasons and tied Cookie Gilchrist for fourth on the Bills' all-time rushing touchdown list, with 31.

Scroll to see the best photos from the Bills' game against the Atlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium on January 2, 2022.

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