Losing overtime coin toss in Kansas City still hurts for Josh Allen

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen turned in two of the greatest playoff performances in NFL history last season, first against the Patriots and then against the Chiefs. But at the end of four great quarters in Kansas City, Allen never got to touch the ball in overtime, as the Bills lost the coin toss and the Chiefs scored a touchdown on the first possession.

Asked on the Bussin with the Boys podcast which hurt more, losing the game or losing the coin toss, Allen answered, “The coin toss.”

Allen said he had called the toss for the Bills in every road game that season, and the CBS production crew reminded him before the Chiefs game that he had won every toss.

“Up to that point I think I was 9-0 throughout the season. In our production meeting, it was jinxed, and I was 0-for-2 in that game,” Allen said. “They brought up that stat, you’re 9-0. . . . I go 0-2 on coin tosses that game. I switched it up, I went heads first and then I went tails at the end, and it was obviously flip-flopped.”

Allen said fans regularly tell him how much they loved that game, but it’s hard for him to be happy about it.

“People still come up to me and talk about it. That’s the game people talk about,” Allen said. “To be a part of it is great, but to be on the losing end of it is not so great. It doesn’t make me feel any better when someone comes up and says, ‘That was the greatest game I’ve ever seen.’ It’s like, we lost.”

56 responses to “Losing overtime coin toss in Kansas City still hurts for Josh Allen

  1. For as smart as the NFL has been over the years, this rule was always a time bomb waiting to happen. Sadly for the Bills, it took this debacle to (hopefully) fix it.

  2. Hard to believe a coin toss still decides a game in the NFL. Go with the overtime shootout of college ball.

  3. Machines went through the same exact thing and nothing was done.
    He didn’t whine about it.

  4. If the league went to the college rules Bills fans would be complaining that they got the ball first.

  5. Let’s get past this, it wasn’t the coin toss that defeated the Bills, it was their defence.

  6. Silly comments.
    NFL games are 60 minutes. Overtime maybe. If a team can’t win in 60 minutes, they are leaving it up to chance regardless.
    If the Bills could play D at all at the end of regulation, the coin toss is meaningless.

    Win the game, don’t make excuses.

  7. Bengals lost the coin toss, forced KC three and out, and won. This crying about that game, and the ensuing rule change, has become- and is- ridiculous.

  8. To his credit he never complained about it and always said if the roles were reversed he’d have little to no remorse for the other team. The rules are what they are whether you consider them fair or not.

  9. Josh Allen currently has the best post season passer rating of all time. He can’t do it by himself but he sure does come close even when the defense doesn’t hold up their end. Outside of KC and GB fans you could only wish he was your QB.

  10. Make a stop with 13 seconds left in the game and you don’t have to worry about losing a coin toss

  11. What a baby. I thought JA was more mentally tough than this. And ya, defense is a thing.

  12. Get over it Josh Allen your defense lost the game and I still don’t think it would of matter because the Rams were Destin to win the Super Bowl

  13. Joe Burrow has already gotten over the Super Bowl loss and moved on. Meanwhile, Josh Allen is still talking about a loss that never even got them to the AFC Championship game.

  14. Make both teams play until a defense makes a stop. KC d didn’t deserve to win any more than Buffalo’s

  15. The OT rule didn’t bother me. It’s weird, but the Bills can’t blame that.

    It was just a crazy, shoot-out kind of game. “Whoever has the ball last wins.” Hopefully its memory will fuel the Bills in the years ahead.

  16. Stu Bidaciou says:
    June 26, 2022 at 5:50 am
    Hard to believe a coin toss still decides a game in the NFL. Go with the overtime shootout of college ball.
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    Nah I don’t want to see 77-70 scores in the NFL

  17. Every team in the NFL knew the overtime rules. IF they had a problem with it, the NFLPA could have had the rule changed. To complain about it after the fact is just whining.

    The coin toss wasn’t the problem. The Buffalo Defense was the problem. If the Buffalo defense had stopped the KC drive in OT, nobody would care about the overtime rule.

    Defense wins championships.

  18. The Bills defence gave up 10 points with a !:54 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. They earned that loss.
    Rule or no rule, Buffalo blew that game themselves.

  19. Could have just won the game before the coin toss and it wouldn’t have mattered.

  20. DEfense wins Championships not the coin toss son. 50-50 chance and both teams have a shot.

  21. I know the NFL never passes a chance to make it easier for the offense but they need to remember half the team plays Defense. Buffalo needs to quit blaming the coin toss and blame their Defense. 13 seconds the D gave up a score. Overtime their D gave up a score. That’s who’s to blame.

    Very next week tr same situation happens and Bengals D comes shows up. Should KC fans blame the coin toss because it forced their offense out there?

  22. Same nonsense we heard from k.c. they lose and want the rules changed to help them just like Indianapolis once cried for.

  23. If the Bills were swapped with the Raiders in the AFC West, that would be the most competitive division in the NFL. I wish my Raiders had a QB like Josh Allen. We got the ham without the burger when we traded the farm for Devante Adams!

  24. “Same nonsense we heard from k.c. they lose and want the rules changed to help them just like Indianapolis once cried for.”
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    Where is Allen “crying” for a rule change here?

  25. dstegesaurus says:
    June 26, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Make both teams play until a defense makes a stop. KC d didn’t deserve to win any more than Buffalo’s

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    To me, this is the problem with the whole discussion – trying to turn overtime into something where we feel a team “deserves to win”.

    If a game goes to overtime, it means that neither team “deserves” to win it, so a tiebreaker is needed. I don’t think a team really “deserves” to win unless they do it in regulation. If they don’t, then a winner is always arbitrary.

  26. ok, I get the whole play defense thing, and I agree.

    so make both teams play it.

  27. mikefloreo says:
    June 26, 2022 at 10:46 am
    Joe Burrow has already gotten over the Super Bowl loss and moved on. Meanwhile, Josh Allen is still talking about a loss that never even got them to the AFC Championship game.

    _______________________________________________________________________

    You don’t just get over a SB loss. Even Brady speaks on his SB losses and he’s won several.
    I can guarantee Burrow thinks about it much more than you believe.

  28. Never should have gotten to overtime. They had 13 seconds to make a stop on defense and didn’t get it done.

  29. I guess the Bills think they won the Super Bowl when they beat the Pats in the playoffs…..
    NEWSFLASH….THINK AGAIN!!!!

  30. “I guess the Bills think they won the Super Bowl when they beat the Pats in the playoffs…..
    NEWSFLASH….THINK AGAIN!!!!”
    _______________________

    No one thought that. But most – if not all – think that the Patriots are done contending for a long, long, long, long time.

  31. Even if they got past the Chiefs, the Bills would have gotten demolished by the Bengals who can actually run the football. At least now the Bills have a moral victory after losing an overtime coin toss.

  32. Honest answer by Allen – I feel his pain. The supposedly vaunted Bills D should be the ones feeling the most pain.

  33. billsrthefuture says:
    June 26, 2022 at 6:33 pm
    “I guess the Bills think they won the Super Bowl when they beat the Pats in the playoffs…..
    NEWSFLASH….THINK AGAIN!!!!”
    _______________________

    No one thought that. But most – if not all – think that the Patriots are done contending for a long, long, long, long time.

    11Rate This

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    You are really dumb. NE has a much better GM and Coach and QB who is way ahead of Josh Allen after his horrendous rookie year and 2nd year.

    NE was the #1 seed before their last season fade and weren’t even supposed to be in that position.

    This is why you people are perennial losers and choke artists.

    Your delusion is absolutely fascinating.

    The Pats didn’t turn into the Jets. They just aren’t a 1 or 2 seed lock.

  34. LOL

    Pats fans are gonna be fun to listen to in the years ahead. It’s hard to come to the realization that you’re just not that team anymore.

  35. The coin toss hurt the Chiefs against the Pats on 2018 and Dee Ford’s notorious off sides.
    The rule has always been a dumb rule. We’re talking about young guys playing to get to a championship game. They can handle 15 minutes and another quarter of football. I’m a super bowl ending that way, it’s BS.

  36. I still don’t know if Mac Jones will be a long-term starter or not. But I’m 100% that he’ll never be anything close to Allen – who legit could be in the GOAT conversation in a few years.

    Jones may be alright; but I’d put more probability on a regression this year.

  37. Pats fans are gonna be fun to listen to in the years ahead. It’s hard to come to the realization that you’re just not that team anymore.
    ________________
    Poor ol’ touchback has really been struggling lately. His outbursts are getting nastier.

  38. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    June 26, 2022 at 7:03 pm
    Even if they got past the Chiefs, the Bills would have gotten demolished by the Bengals who can actually run the football. At least now the Bills have a moral victory after losing an overtime coin toss.
    ———————

    There is absolutely no way the Bengals beat the Bills on Buffalo’s home turf. Don’t kid yourself. You barely beat a team that was worn out the week prior and was already looking past their game against Cincy. Reid and Mahomes lost that game with bone head coaching and QB play. If they don’t choke the game away from 13 seconds no doubt they’re hoisting the Lombardi.

  39. touchback6 says:
    June 26, 2022 at 7:28 pm
    billsrthefuture says:
    June 26, 2022 at 6:33 pm
    “I guess the Bills think they won the Super Bowl when they beat the Pats in the playoffs…..
    NEWSFLASH….THINK AGAIN!!!!”
    _______________________

    No one thought that. But most – if not all – think that the Patriots are done contending for a long, long, long, long time.

    11Rate This

    ————-

    You are really dumb. NE has a much better GM and Coach and QB who is way ahead of Josh Allen after his horrendous rookie year and 2nd year.

    NE was the #1 seed before their last season fade and weren’t even supposed to be in that position.

    This is why you people are perennial losers and choke artists.

    Your delusion is absolutely fascinating.

    The Pats didn’t turn into the Jets. They just aren’t a 1 or 2 seed lock.

    ———-

    Our defense stunk worse than any defense in postseason history. We could not keep the Bills out of the end zone even once. Even the Jets could have most likely made a stop. And that was with JC Jackson.

    If BB can’t manage to win a postseason game this year or will be clear that Brady was the key to the Pats success and BB was just along for the ride

  40. billsrthefuture says:
    June 26, 2022 at 7:47 pm
    I still don’t know if Mac Jones will be a long-term starter or not. But I’m 100% that he’ll never be anything close to Allen – who legit could be in the GOAT conversation in a few years

    ———-

    Only if Allen wins 6-7 SBs will he be in that conversation. He hasn’t even won 1.

  41. Blaming your failure on a coin toss means you categorically deserve to lose. Falcons gave up 31 unanswered points to finish the game and they still got cheated.

  42. Squib kick the darn ball and it’s irrelevant. McDermott cost Allen his first significant victory and perhaps the franchise its first Super Bowl. Now we have to hear how superior Mahomes is for another season.

  43. Nobody gets two possessions in a row at any point in the game. Getting them to end a game is absurd. That’s why the rule changed.

    And no, halftime isn’t the same thing.

  44. ‘Losers always whine about their best, winners go home with the prom queen’

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