Buffalo Bills Star Josh Allen Punished by NFL for AFC Championship Skirmish

by Suzanne Halliburton

The NFL fined Josh Allen and two of his teammates after they got into a skirmish at the end of last Sunday’s AFC championship game.

NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero said the NFL punished Josh Allen, the quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, with a fine of $15,000. Offensive linemen Jon Feliciano and Dion Dawkins were tagged with fines of $10,000 each.

The fines were in addition to the unsportsmanlike penalties officials flagged Buffalo for at the end of the Bills loss to Kansas City. Josh Allen and the Bills were trying to rally. But Allen made a poor decision and scrambled backward 15 yards. Kansas City defensive linemen Tanoh Kpassagnon and Alex Okafor sacked him.

While still on the ground, Allen tossed the football at Okafor’s face. Okafor bounced up towards Allen and the two offensive linemen pushed Okafor out of the way.

The play triggered multiple flags, most of them offsetting. Okafor also was tagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty. But the NFL didn’t fine him.

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At the end of the game, which Buffalo lost 38-24, Josh Allen could be seen going up to several of his teammates to give them each a hug.

The Buffalo Bills fans enjoyed every bit of 2020, save for the playoff loss. #BillsMafia became a social media sensation and the city celebrated Buffalo’s improbable run that stopped one game short of the Super Bowl. But the Bills didn’t duck their heads after the defeat. There’s no shame losing to Kansas City, the defending Super Bowl champions, on the road.

In his post-game press conference, Josh Allen said he proved to himself and others that he was deserving of Buffalo drafting him in the first round in 2018.

But he said he allowed his emotions to get in the way late in the fourth quarter.

“Obviously a lot of emotion,” Allen said. “Any time you don’t finish the season with a win, that’s the type of emotion you’re going to have. The way it ended doesn’t sit right with me with how chippy and ticky-tack it got. I’m disappointed in myself. I let my emotions get to me there. That’s not how you’re supposed to play football.

Josh Allen also added: “Every game situation that you’re in, you learn something. This one is not going to be fun watching over, it’s not fun falling a game short of the Super Bowl. It’s going to fuel us, I have no doubt in my mind that we will be back.”