Josh Allen pushes match with Christian Wilkins leads to Bills-Dolphins fight

ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 08: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills on the field before a game against the New England Patriots at Highmark Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY – JANUARY 08: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills on the field before a game against the New England Patriots at Highmark Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig/Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen briefly lost his composure during Sunday’s wild card game against the Miami Dolphins. Allen got involved in a shoving match with Christian Wilkins, which then led to a full-blown scuffle.

The fight took place with just over six minutes left in the second quarter. With the Bills leading 17-3, Allen threw a deep interception to Xavien Howard. After Howard’s return, players on both teams began to move a few yards from where Howard was being tackled.

Replays showed the fight started after Allen and Wilkins engaged in a pushing match after the interception. During Howard’s return, Wilkins ran up to Allen and shoved him with one hand. Wilkins then spun to prevent Allen from making a tackle on the return.

Allen did not appreciate the push and completely pushed Wilkins with two hands. Wilkins turned around and the two engaged in a shoving contest. Eventually, other Bills players got involved and Wilkins and a handful of other players ended up on the ground.

Help came in the form of Bills center Mitch Morse. Wilkins and Morse got entangled and both players ended up on the ground with a crowd surrounding them. Once Morse got involved, Allen walked away from the scuffle hoping he wouldn’t be flagged.

Allen succeeded there, but Morse was not so lucky. Both he and Wilkins received unnecessary punishments for rudeness. They compensated, giving the Dolphins the ball on the 48-yard line.

Miami benefited from the turnover. Quarterback Skylar Thompson led an 8-play drive that resulted in a field goal to make it a 17–6 game.

Two drives later, Allen threw another interception, giving the Dolphins excellent field position. Thompson made Buffalo pay and threw a touchdown to Mike Gesicki. The Dolphins then managed a 2-point conversion to tie the score at 17-17 just before halftime.

Buffalo then drove downfield and kicked a field goal, making it 20–17 at halftime.

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