Bills quarterback Josh Allen seemed to use a fake slide on his 52-yard touchdown run against the Steelers, prompting fans to call for a rule change. Photo Credit: Jamie Germano/Rochester Democrat and Chronicle/USA TODAY NETWORK Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs into the end zone on this 52 yard run. Photo Credit: Jamie Germano/Rochester Democrat and Chronicle/USA TODAY NETWORK

Josh Allen had a big game for the Buffalo Bills during Monday’s Wild Card Round win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Buffalo quarterback accounted for all four touchdowns in Buffalo’s 31-17 win, throwing for three touchdowns and running for the other.

Something he did during the touchdown run sparked debate.

Allen’s touchdown run was for 52 yards, the second-longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL postseason history. The run came on a third-and-eight. Allen scrambled and just after picking up the first down, he slowed down. The Pittsburgh defenders closest to Allen slowed down with him, seemingly expecting him to slide. Only Allen didn’t slide. The quarterback re-accelerated, broke one tackle and went in for the touchdown.

Interestingly enough, this is something that fans in Pittsburgh have familiarity with. While he was at the University of Pittsburgh, current Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett used a fake slide in the ACC Championship Game. Like Allen, he scored a touchdown.

There was no rule against a fake slide at the time so the touchdown stood. But the NCAA quickly made the fake slide illegal. It makes sense. If a defender contacts a sliding quarterback, it’s a penalty. So, when a defender sees a quarterback go into a sliding motion, he is naturally going to ease off.

But while the NCAA made the fake slide illegal, the NFL did not do the same. Allen’s touchdown run was legal. Noting the plethora of advantages offenses (and especially quarterbacks) have, NFL fans were calling for the league to disallow fake slides going forward.

It will be interesting to see what the NFL does about this. This isn’t necessarily the first time it’s happened but the microscope of the playoffs frequently inspires rule changes. And while we can’t say this very often, in this case we can say that the NCAA model is a good one to follow.

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