The Kansas City Chiefs, the defending champions of the NFL, started slowly on Sunday night in their AFC Championship contest with the Buffalo Bills. Falling behind 10-0 in the first ten minutes, they once again recovered to win comfortably, trouncing the Bills 38-24 at home when the time had expired, sending them to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers for a shot at a second straight title. The Bills’ defense had largely handled the Chiefs in the first quarter, but you can’t hold them down for too long, especially when it is a playoff game and the chips are all on the table.
The second quarter was when they sprung to life, scoring three straight touchdowns within about ten minutes to take a commanding 21-9 lead. From there, they were never really in danger, always keeping the Bills an arm’s distance away or more. Patrick Mahomes, who had been in doubt as to whether or not he would play for some of the week, finished with three touchdowns and 325 yards on 29-38 passing. Opposite number Josh Allen accounted for 375 yards of total offense and two TD’s but ultimately fell short as the creativity of the Chiefs offense was just too much to handle. Tyreek Hill provided much of that explosiveness, leading the charge with nine catches and 72 yards as the Chiefs booked a trip to Tampa in two weeks’ time.