1. Cole Beasley earns praise for his toughness in the playoffs
Cole Beasley came into Saturday's Wild Card game with a questionable status dealing with a knee injury suffered in Week 16. The wide receiver showed supreme toughness throughout the game, made multiple impact plays, and finished with a team-high seven catches for 57 yards. He was on the field for 41 out of the 59 total offensive snaps for the Bills and after the game, Josh Allen called him "tough as nails". During his Zoom conference call with the media, Brian Daboll echoed those thoughts on Beasley and said he wouldn't expect anything less from him.
"I could go on and on about Cole Beasley and what I feel about him and what he's done for our football team," Daboll said. "I'm not surprised; he's a tough, smart, and competitive player for us. A leader who is willing to do whatever he can do to help his football team. Certainly glad and privileged to coach him on our football team, he's always been really good for us. Kind of been under the radar for many years for his skill set and what he can do. But, I just have so much confidence and trust in him and I wouldn't expect anything less from someone like him."
2. These Bills had two of the most notable stats from Super Wild Card Weekend
This season, Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs have taken the NFL by storm and have both produced career years. On Saturday, both Allen and Diggs continued their success and won the Bills first playoff game since 1995. The pair also joined the company of some NFL Hall of Famers with these two stats from NFL Media Research.
Josh Allen tops Joe Montana with accurate, dual-threat performance
Josh Allen completed 26 of 35 passes (74.3 percent) for 324 yards and added 54 yards on the ground in the Bills' win over the Colts. It marked the 12th time in the Super Bowl era that a player had at least 300 passing yards and 50 rushing yards in a playoff game and the first time that player also completed at least 70 percent of his passes. Joe Montana had the previous high, completing 24 of 35 pass attempts (68.6 percent) for 331 yards and adding 59 rushing yards on his way to being named Super Bowl XIX MVP.
Stefon Diggs joins Jerry Rice in exclusive company
The addition of Stefon Diggs continues to pay dividends for the Bills. Diggs had 128 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown Saturday as the Bills earned their first playoff win since 1995. Diggs -- who had 137 yards and a score in the Vikings win over the Saints in a 2017 NFC Divisional Playoff Game – joined Hall of Famer Jerry Rice as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least 125 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in a playoff game with multiple teams (Rice did so four times with the 49ers and once with the Raiders).
3. McDermott credits Daryl Williams for game-saving play
During the last Bills drive of the Wild Card game, Daryl Williams showed great awareness when recovering a Josh Allen fumble. The right tackle recovered the ball at the Bills 43-yard line and prevented a disastrous turnover that would have given the Colts great field position to either tie or take the lead. Because Williams recovered the fumble, the Colts started their final drive at their own 14-yard line and were stopped short of scoring by the Bills defense. Sean McDermott commented on Williams' effort to recover the ball during the play and what it meant to the team.
"Yeah, I thought that was a huge play," McDermott said. "Not sure how much that got written about the day after the game. But if he doesn't recover that fumble, maybe there's a different ending to that game based on where they would have gotten that ball. Huge play in the game and a big-time hustle play, which is great. … I saw him yesterday from a distance because of the rules and I just gave him a thumbs up more than anything. That was a huge play. Those are the details and small things that become big things this time of year in particular."
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