The NFL’s Conference title games are now set in stone following Sunday’s pair of classic encounters. We’ll begin with the ‘main event,’ so to speak as the Kansas City Chiefs took down the Buffalo Bills in one of the best games in recent years, slaying them 42-36 in overtime to seal a spot back in the AFC Championship Game for a fourth consecutive season. Both quarterbacks, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes were incredible for their respective teams, with each producing more than 400 yards of total offense and combining for eight total TD’s. The teams traded touchdowns in the first half before settling for a 14-14 affair at the half, but things really got interesting in the third quarter as the Chiefs took a 23-14 lead only for the Bills to rally back and take a 29-26 lead with 1:54 remaining.
From there, the Chiefs answered back via Mahomes’ 64-yard TD pass to Tyreek Hill with 1:02 on the clock. Incredibly, Buffalo scored with 13 seconds left as Gabriel Davis caught Josh Allen’s 19-yarder, putting them back ahead. But the Chiefs kicked a field goal, from 49 yards from Harrison Butker, as time elapsed, giving them an opportunity in overtime. Once in OT, they didn’t let their chance go as Pat Mahomes orchestrated an eight-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with a Travis Kelce receiving TD to win it. They will now host the Bengals for a shot at a third straight Super Bowl appearance. In the other game of the day, the Los Angeles Rams were able to hold off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to ensure they would be hosting the NFC Championship Game next weekend. But it was a whole lot closer than they might have liked it to be. The Rams scored the game’s first ten points and led 20-3 at the half before taking a 27-3 advantage midway through the third. But Tom Brady and co. weren’t going to hand it to Matt Stafford and his charges as they scored 24 unanswered points to even up the contest, the last points coming with 42 seconds left. That gave Stafford, who finished with two TD tosses and 366 passing yards total, to engineer a 63-yard drive that allowed Matt Gay to kick the winning field goal from 30 yards to send the Rams on and oust the legendary Brady. The Rams will now welcome division rivals San Francisco to Sofi Stadium to see who moves on to the Super Bowl.