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ORCHARD PARK, NY | The atmosphere in the Bills locker room after the win over the Dolphins was much more relief than exuberance .
The Bills are on a mission to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history and no one was hiding after the game.
< p>The three turnovers could have been fatal and several other errors complicated their lives.
An off-line kickoff allowed the Dolphins to start an offensive streak at their 40 line, which then led to their first points of the game.
A long punt return was conceded. Protection failed and Josh Allen was the victim of seven quarterback sacks.
Turnarounds placed the defense Bills in a difficult position.
Indeed, the Dolphins scored all of their points in the first half on short streaks of 38, 18, 8 and 18 yards.
“Turnarounds in such tight games make all the difference. I can't thank our guys on defense enough for the way they played. I did not put them in a good situation today. They know it, I know it and I will have to play better to help them. At least we found a way to win,” sighed quarterback Josh Allen.
“We often shot each other in the foot and our defense was placed at a disadvantage.
“We won’t often win this way in the playoffs. We will have to limit the errors, but I am happy that no one has started to point the finger, ”he said.
Head coach Sean McDermott is not there. He didn't go out of his way either, echoing the rest of his wardrobe.
“We had control at 17-0. Usually, when you start giving the ball to the opponent, death happens pretty quickly! It was not very clean football on our side,” he conceded.
Good moment for Ankou
This week, the Journal told you about the inspiring journey of Franco-Ontarian tackle Eli Ankou. He spent the season on the practice squad, but was added to the regular roster on Friday and took part in the game yesterday.
It was his first career playoff game, he who had not been in uniform with the Jaguars in 2017 and with the Bills last year.
“Right now, I could almost cry,” he confided, to his locker. This game means a lot to me. I got injured at the beginning of the year and another time in the middle of the season. It's taxing mentally. To be able to come back and help my team win a game in the playoffs and come out strong is fantastic.”
Ankou finished the game with two tackles and he was happy that the Bills advanced to the second round.
“Football is never as simple as saying, ok, we're going to win. Anything can happen and we could see in this game that's what happened. Our responsibility in this time is to find our senses and move on to the next step.
Mitch Morse has a thought for his friend Laurent
For four seasons, Bills center Mitch Morse was Laurent Duvernay-Tardif's neighbor at the Chiefs' line of scrimmage. The veteran is not ready to bet that this is the end for his good friend.
In Kansas City, the two teammates had forged a bond that went far beyond that of simple teammates. Duvernay-Tardif was even invited to Morse's wedding in 2018.
Since last season, Duvernay-Tardif has been aligned with the Jets and the two friends have become division rivals. This new situation hasn't changed the mutual respect the two offensive linemen have for each other. /em> asked him if he thought football was over for his good friend.
“It must be at least four times that I tell myself that this is the end for Larry. Never bet against that man on his chances of coming back,” he said.
A successful family
Of course, Morse is aware of Duvernay-Tardif's career plans in medicine. Since he has already come to visit him in Montreal, he is also well aware of the successes that the whole family is experiencing.
“No matter what he decides to do, I know he will succeed. He is like his parents, who knew how to open a bakery and make it one of the best in Montreal and Canada. Success is in his blood. He always knew how to bounce back and I'm very happy for him, no matter what.
“It's a family that succeeds in everything they do. I would never put a dollar against Larry, or any other member of the Duvernay-Tardif family,” said Morse.
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In 2019, the paths of the two athletes separated when Morse signed a contract with the Bills on the free agent market.
That season, the Chiefs won the Super Bowl and the center never got to savor the ultimate triumph.
Although Duvernay-Tardif is not currently giving an interview about his future, he has wished, via a text message, the best of luck to his ex-teammate in his quest, especially after the Damar Hamlin ordeal.
“Mitch is one of the first teammates with whom I am befriended. He plays football with passion, but is also able