Buffalo Bills studs and duds: Josh Allen overcomes turnovers in Wild Card win

Bills, Josh Allen. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Bills, Josh Allen. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /
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Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills overcame several mistakes as they defeated the Miami Dolphins in the opening round of the NFL Playoffs

It wasn’t pretty but the Buffalo Bills found a way to win against the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs. They jumped out to an early lead but several miscues allowed their divisional rivals to get back into the game.

Still, they kept their composure and escaped with a hard-fought win. Here, we look back at the game and point out the studs and duds from Sunday afternoon.

Buffalo Bills studs and duds in Wild Card Round

Bills, Stefon Diggs
Bills, Stefon Diggs. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /

Stud: Stefon Diggs, WR

Stefon Diggs continues to be one of the most impressive route runners in the NFL. He got off to a hot start, including the 52-yard reception that set up the Bills’ first touchdown of the game. It wasn’t a one-play performance either as he had seven receptions for 114 yards at the half.

In the second half, Diggs was very quiet and had no receptions. However, the attention he was drawing left his teammates in one-on-one matchups and they were all able to take advantage.

Stud: Cole Beasley, WR

One of the early targets to Cole Beasley didn’t go as planned as he sat on a route waiting for the ball. This allowed Miami to make a play and Jevon Holland ended up with a huge interception. Beasley, however, made up for this later in the game.

Trailing by four, Beasley was able to find a soft spot in the defense and hauled in a Josh Allen pass for a six-yard touchdown. On the following drive, he again rose to the occasion with a big third-down conversion.

At their own 48, Beasley caught a pass on third-and-eight and took it to the Miami 23 for a 29-yard gain. The very next play was a touchdown pass to Gabe Davis that extended the lead to 34-24.

Those were the only two receptions on the day for Beasley but they both came at clutch moments.