Buffalo Bills receiver Stefon Diggs defended his actions on Twitter after his cantankerous display towards quarterback Josh Allen in the final minutes of Sunday's 27-10 elimination loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Diggs led both teams with a game-high nine targets, but they resulted in only four catches for 35 yards – his second-lowest yardage in a game this season.
The Allen-Diggs combination is viewed as one of the league's best as Diggs finished fifth in the NFL with 1,429 receiving yards, while his 11 receiving touchdowns tied for the third-most.
Despite how well he has been fed by his quarterback this season – also enjoying the fifth-most targets (154) – Diggs was animated and demonstrative on the sideline as the Bills' season slipped away.
When asked how he felt about Diggs' actions in the heat of battle, Allen was forgiving but said sometimes the opposition defense can dictate the action.
"Guys are competitive, we don't want to lose," he said. "It's not fun losing, and it's not fun losing that way.
"It's all understood. At the end of the day, we've got to be there for each other and continue to keep pushing forward.
"I feel like sometimes there weren't that many opportunities, and again, defenses can game-plan and try to take away your number one receiver, that's just a fact of it. Those guys on the other side of the ball get paid, too.
"It's just about continuing to find a way to get [Diggs] the ball."
He added: "I've got a lot more to learn, a lot more to grow from, and I've got a long way to go."
Hours after Allen's media availability on Monday, Diggs sent out a series of tweets defending his behaviour.
"Want me to be okay with losing? Nah," he wrote. "Want me to be okay with our level of play when it's not up to the standard? Nah.
"It's easy to criticise my reaction more than the result."
Allen will be 27 by the time the 2023 season begins, and he will enter the first year of his six-year, $258million contract extension.
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Diggs will not begin his four-year, $96m extension until the 2024 season, meaning they are both tied to the franchise until at least 2027 unless one is cut or traded.