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Josh Allen breaks Buffalo’s single-season passing yards record

Allen eclipsed Drew Bledsoe’s (2002) season mark for most passing yards in a Bills uniform.

In just his third season as the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback, Josh Allen continues to etch his name into the franchise record books while proving that he is, indeed, the franchise quarterback Bills fans have been longing for since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired at the end of the 1996 season.

Allen, who already was just the second quarterback in team history to accumulate at least 4,000 passing yards in a season, overtook Drew Bledsoe for the most passing yards in a single season.

When Allen found running back Devin Singletary for a six-yard completion in the second quarter, it gave him 40 passing yards in Buffalo’s Week 17 game vs. the Miami Dolphins, upping his single-season total past Bledsoe, who threw for 4,359 yards during the 2002 season. Bledsoe’s mark stood for nearly 18 seasons.

After passing for 224 yards in the first half vs. Miami, Allen, the earliest-drafted quarterback in Buffalo’s history as the No. 7 selection out of Wyoming in the 2018 NFL Draft, finished the 2020 season with 4,544 passing yards.

He now holds the franchise records for passing touchdowns in a season (37), total touchdowns (45), completion percentage (69.2), quarterback rating (107.2), and ESPN’s QBR statistic (81.7).

The Bills clinched their first AFC East title since 1995 while qualifying for the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. Buffalo will host the Indianapolis Colts at 1:05 p.m. Saturday in a Wild Card game, the first home playoff game since Dec. 28, 1996.