Heading into the game, fans, media members, and analysts knew this was going to be a game of the ages. Little did we know it would become the greatest game in playoff history. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills played for a full four quarters and even overtime as the Chiefs would win 42-36.
Both quarterbacks showed why they are the future of the NFL as they led some significant drives in unreal circumstances. The heart was oozing from both these teams as they would battle adversity, whether it was injuries or numerous fourth-down scenarios. What made this the greatest playoff game in history?
The Offense Never Gave up for the Kansas City Chiefs
Ladies and gentlemen, 13 seconds were left in the football game, and the Buffalo Bills had a 93% win probability. Patrick Mahomes and this offense found a way to drive the football from the KC 25-yard line to Buffalo’s 35-yard line allowing Harrison Butker to kick a game-tying field goal sending this to overtime. I feel like I have to say that again, there were 13 seconds left, and the Chiefs’ offense used three plays to drive 44-yards for a game-tying field goal.
Patrick Mahomes was a complete glitch and proved why he is a former MVP and the greatest quarterback in Chiefs’ history. Mahomes showed his ability to extend plays using his legs and throwing from numerous arm angles allowing this team to stay in the fight. He would complete 33-out-of-44 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns. Mahomes would also rush seven times for 69-yards and a touchdown. What doesn’t show up on a stat sheet is leadership. Mahomes stepped up in the biggest way possible with his team’s hopes of going to another AFC Championship on the line. After winning the coin toss in overtime, the Chiefs would use eight plays for 75-yards scoring on a Travis Kelce double move.
The entire offense was on display in this AFC Divisional playoff game. Tyreek Hill would catch 11-out-of-13 targets for 150-yards and one touchdown. The touchdown came in one of the biggest on-edge moments for Chiefs’ fans. Hill would catch a Mahomes pass for 64-yards and would throw up the peace sign into the endzone. Tight end Travis Kelce caught 8-out-of-9 targets for 95 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
The Bills Offense Obliterated the Kansas City Chiefs Defense
The Buffalo Bills also played one of the best offensive games in playoff history. Quarterback Josh Allen did everything he could for his team completing 27-out-of-37 for 329 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball 11 times for 68-yards. Allen’s ability to run the football is extraordinary, especially on 3rd down.
Allen would target wide receiver Gabriel Davis ten times completing eight for 201 yards and four touchdowns. Davis averaged 25-yards per completion. This duo knew how to target the secondary when Kansas City’s star safety Tyrann Mathieu would leave the game in the first quarter. Outside of Allen connecting with Davis, the only other touchdown came from a Devin Singletary.
The Chiefs’ defense was abysmal in the fourth quarter. The Bills would have one drive go for 17 plays, 75 yards, and use 7:01 off the clock. The other drive only lasted 49 seconds as the Bills would use six plays for 75-yards. The lack of communication in the secondary was evident without Tyrann Mathieu.
What Is Next for the Kansas City Chiefs?
The Kansas City Chiefs move on and will now host the Cincinnati Bengals for the AFC Championship. KC is the first team in NFL history to host four straight AFC Championship games.
These two teams played in Week 17 of the regular season, and the Bengals would win 34-31 on a last-second field goal that would clinch the AFC North. The game will be played on Sunday, January 30th at 2:00 P.M. CT. It will be aired on CBS.