Patrick Mahomes Dishes Josh Allen High Praise Ahead of Bills-Chiefs Divisional Round Clash: ‘He Rises to the Occasion’

The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills are becoming very familiar with one another. The teams have squared off three times in the past two seasons, including the 2020 AFC Championship Game. Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen will meet again, this time in the Divisional Round. The Chiefs superstar delivered high praise to the Bills signal-caller ahead of the highly-anticipated showdown in the NFL playoffs.

Patrick Mahomes showers Josh Allen with compliments

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and Bills QB Josh Allen embrace each other before a game
Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills hugs Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs before Sunday Night Football | Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen are two of the most talented young quarterbacks in the NFL today. Even though they’re rivals on the gridiron, the two have great respect for each other off of it.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has nothing but great things to say about his counterpart heading into the all-important playoff matchup.

“He’s a tremendous player,” said Mahomes per Pro Football Talk. “I actually know him a little bit off the field as well, great dude. They put a lot on his shoulders, and he rises to the occasion.”

Mahomes marvels over Allen’s natural abilities as well.

“He’s able to run the ball, he can throw the ball,” he added. “He has the arm strength to throw it anywhere on the football field, and he makes great decisions. We’ll probably play them a lot of times, it’ll be great competition, and it’s definitely a great challenge for us as a team to compete with them.”

Allen returned the favor with some compliments of his own.

“Mahomes has done all the major things that you want to accomplish in your career,” he said per “And obviously, he wants more, too. I know the type of guy Pat is. He’s an awesome dude, and I know he’s got his foundation set up that helps a lot of people. And that’s something I really admire about him as well that he’s a real good person off the field as well.”

Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen will still look to end each other’s season.

The Bills QB out-dueled the Chiefs signal-caller in the regular season

The Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs met in Week 5 on Sunday Night Football. It was a dominant performance by Buffalo, as the Bills went into Arrowhead Stadium and knocked off the Chiefs 38-20.

Patrick Mahomes finished the game with 272 passing yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. On the other side of the field, Josh Allen threw for 315 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The Wyoming product also rushed for 59 yards and another score.

Allen certainly got the better of Mahomes in the first meeting. The matchup occurred during an early rough patch for the entire Chiefs team. The defense couldn’t stop a nose bleed. The offense was out of sync, leading to Mahomes making some poor decisions.

Before the regular-season victory, Allen hadn’t beaten Mahomes. The Chiefs beat the Bills twice in the 2020 season, including in the AFC Championship Game.

Defeating Kansas City once was nice, but the playoffs are a different beast. Not to mention, this won’t be the same team Buffalo played in Week 5.

Which team as the inside track to win the Divisional Round matchup?

The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills will close out the NFL Divisional Round in what could be the most highly-anticipated matchup of the weekend.

Head coaches Andy Reid and Sean McDermott have experienced ebbs and flows with their respective teams this season. However, both squads are now trending in the right direction.

So which team has the edge in the matchup?

Well, there’s no easy answer to that question. After notching home victories in the Wild Card Round, Kansas City and Buffalo come into the game with plenty of momentum. Expect Arrowhead to be electric once again for this one.

Patrick Mahomes and company once looked like a team dead to rights. Neither side of the ball could find any rhythm. A switch flipped in the second half of the season, though. The Chiefs boast a top-5 offense and a top-5 defense.

The numbers back the Bills, too. Buffalo finished with a top-3 unit on both sides of the ball. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has done a masterful job leading the league’s top-ranked defense.

Josh Allen and the crew punished the Patriots in the wild-card matchup. With that dominant of a performance, Kansas City should be worried. The Chiefs started slow against the Steelers but can’t afford to do that this time.

Both teams are dangerous, and this one could come down to which quarterback makes the most plays.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference. 

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