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Josh Allen leads Bills past Steelers into showdown vs. Chiefs

Josh Allen threw three touchdowns on Monday and ran for a fourth. (Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Josh Allen threw three touchdowns on Monday and ran for a fourth. (Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) (Timothy T Ludwig via Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers made things interesting with a late score on Monday.

But the Buffalo Bills answered with a game-sealing touchdown late in the fourth quarter to secure a 31-17 win to advance to next week's divisional round.

Josh Allen led the way in a dominant showing with three passing touchdowns and a fourth on the ground. With star pass rusher T.J. Watt sidelined, Pittsburgh's defense had few answers for the Pro Bowl quarterback.

Pittsburgh's season is over. Up next for the Bills: a home showdown next Sunday with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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  • That's it. Time runs out on the Steelers, and the Bills secure a 31-17 win. Josh Allen threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth. Up next, a showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round.

  • The Bills hold on fourth-and 3 and take over on downs with 4:50 remaining. With a 31-17 deficit, the Steelers need a miracle.

  • Wow. What a play. Khalil Shakir turns a should-be short gain into a touchdown after escaping the grasp of Minkah Fitzpatrick. Shakir makes the catch from Josh All rumbles through the Steelers defense for a 17-yard score in an impressive answer by the Bills. Buffalo leads, 31-17 late in the fourth quarter.

  • We've got a ball game. Mason Rudolph finds Calvin Austin III for a touchdown to cut Buffalo's lead to 24-17. 10:32 remaining in regulation.

  • George Pickens is making plays on this Pittsburgh possession.

  • The third quarter's here, and Pittsburgh's still in it. The Steelers are into Buffalo territory with a 24-10 deficit.

  • Steelers cornerback Joey Porter Jr. is walking to the locker room after getting sandwiched on a tackle on Buffalo's last drive. 

  • Steelers hold Bills to a field-goal attempt on a drive to the Pittsburgh 27-yard line. Tyler Bass connects from 45 yards to extend Buffalo's lead to 24-10.

  • Bills left guard Connor McGovern is back in the game after missing one play.

  • Bills linebacker Terrel Bernard has been ruled out. And left guard Connor McGovern is down on the field with an apparent injury.

  • Bills roll the dice on fourth-and-1 near midfield. Josh Allen surges on a sneak to the left — again — and picks up the first down. This play has proven very difficult to stop.

  • Terrel Bernard having X-rays on his injured ankle:

  • Steelers settle for a field goal attempt after driving inside the Buffalo 25. Chris Boswell is good from 40 yards to cut Buffalo's lead to 21-10.

  • Bills linebacker Terrel Bernard leaving the field on a cart with an apparent leg injury. He's sitting up and talking with teammates, but his day looks done.

  • Steelers force a three-and-out on Buffalo's first possession of the half. Bills punter Sam Martin suffered a hamstring injury in the first half, but looked fine on a 45-yard punt. Pittsburgh takes over with a chance to cut its deficit to one possession.

  • Something to watch in the second half. Bills punter/holder Sam Martin injured his hamstring on Pittsburgh's blocked field goal. He's questionable to return. Kicker Tyler Bass was seen practicing punts at halftime.

  • Bills kneel to end the half after failing to get into scoring position and lead, 21-7 at halftime. They've largely dominated, but a late Steelers touchdown has kept Pittsburgh in the game. Buffalo holds a 245-149 edge in total yardage and a 17:27-12:33 advantage in time of possession.

    With T.J. Watt sidelined, Pittsburgh's struggling to do anything to hinder Josh Allen.

  • Pittsburgh's on the board. Mason Rudolph finds Dionate Johnson for a 10-yard touchdown inside the 2-minute warning to capitalize on the blocked field goal. Big touchdown to keep within in striking distance before halftime. Bills lead, 21-

  • The Steelers come up with a huge block just before halftime — and the Bills punter pulled up grabbing his hamstring late in the play. Pittsburgh is now in Buffalo territory

  • The Bills already have the ball back, and they're cruising again. Josh Allen just hit Deonte Harty for a 33-yard gain to put them in scoring position ahead of the two minute warning.

  • That was the second-longest quarterback touchdown run in NFL postseason history, behind only Colin Kaepernick.

  • Oh my, Josh Allen! He just broke out a 52-yard touchdown run, and the Steelers can't seem to bring him down. That's a 21-0 lead for Buffalo midway through the second quarter.

  • Well, the Bills got the ball back anyways. They come up with the interception in the end zone.

  • Sure looked liked the Bills recovered, but officials somehow determined that it was out of bounds. Steelers retain the ball, and the Bills are out of challenges thanks to a very questionable replay review decision.

  • Pat Friermuth just fumbled after a big gain on first down. Officials ruled the ball out of bounds on the field, but the Bills are challenging that they recovered in bounds.

  • Strong hold from the Steelers. Force a three-and-out with the game threatening to get out of hand. They'll start inside their own 10 trailing, 14-0 late in the first.

  • Another three-and-out for Pittsburgh, and Buffalo has the ball back again with a 14-0 lead late in the first.

  • Snowball flurries are the celebration of choice today:

  • Bills respond with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to Dalton Kincaid on the first play after the turnover. 14-0, Bills:

  • Close call on the field. George Pickens lost control of the ball after a catch. Officials initially ruled it an incomplete pass, but reversed the call to a fumble after a Bills challenge. Bills take over in Steelers territory after recovering the loose ball.

  • Dalton Kincaid can't hold on to a third-and-2 pass thrown behind him, and the Bills will punt.

  • Steelers get pressure for the first time, and Josh Allen responds with an eight-yard scramble

  • Bills force a three-and-out and have the ball back with a 7-0 lead.

  • Josh Allen finds Dawson Knox in the end zone. Surgical opening drive from the Bills offense to take a 7-0 lead.

  • Strong mix of run and pass early for Buffalo. Stefon Diggs and James Cook with multiple touches.

  • Steelers pick up a first down but stall a midfield. Punt upcoming.

  • The Bills won the toss and deferred. Pittsburgh will have the ball first on a clear but cold day in Buffalo.

  • Good decisions happening at this Bills tailgate:

  • The blizzard has passed, but it's still gonna be a cold one in Buffalo: