In a scintillating duel that featured all sorts of improbable moments in the final minutes, the Chiefs beat the Bills in overtime, 42-36. Patrick Mahomes hit tight end Travis Kelce on an eight-yard scoring pass to send Kansas City to the AFC championship game, where it will host the Cincinnati Bengals.
That the game went to overtime at all was a stunning development, given that the Chiefs were down by three points with just 13 seconds left. But Mahomes made the plays his team needed, as did Kelce, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and kicker Harrison Butker, to best a Buffalo squad that got a marvelous performance from quarterback Josh Allen and an NFL playoff-record four touchdown catches by wide receiver Gabriel Davis.
As with the Chiefs themselves in a loss to the New England Patriots in the 2019 AFC championship game, the Bills never got the ball in overtime and could only watch as Mahomes sliced up an understandably exhausted Buffalo defense. The result will go down as yet another bitter postseason chapter for a Bills franchise that has not been to the Super Bowl since then end of the 1993 season, when they lost for the fourth straight time in the NFL’s championship game.
Kansas City now makes history as the first team in league annals to host four consecutive conference championship games. The Chiefs will look to make the Super Bowl for the third straight season and, from there, win their second title in that span.
The final one minute and 54 seconds of their game Sunday against the Bills saw a whopping 25 points scored, including three touchdowns as the contest swung back and forth in eye-popping fashion. Mahomes completed 32 of 43 passes for 370 yards, two touchdowns and a 115.5 rating, and he had another score on the ground to go with 69 rushing yards, the most of any player in the four divisional round games.
Allen was right behind with 68 rushing yards, and he completed 27 of 37 passes for 329 yards, four touchdowns and a 136.0 rating. Davis had 201 yards on eight catches, along with his unprecedented four touchdown grabs.
The game immediately began generating greatest-ever praise, and it ended a quartet of playoff games this weekend, all decided on the final play, that gave fans all the drama for which they could have hoped.