This game was arguably the greatest NFL game of all time. In the final two minutes, the Bills and Chiefs combined for 25 points. Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen battled each other, scoring at will. It was clear the respective defensive lines were tiring, and these QBs took advantage. They combined for 707 passing yards and seven touchdowns, adding 137 yards on the ground. The two teams combined put up 78 total points. The Chiefs defensive strategy was clear, holding Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs to three catches for seven yards, but the real receiving star for the Bills was Gabriel Davis, who had eight receptions for 201 yards and four touchdowns. Tyreek Hill also had a big receiving game with 11 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown. Both sides gave their all, giving us a game to look back to for years.
The Chiefs set their sights ahead to the AFC championship, facing off against Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. The last time these two played, the Bengals got the best of the Chiefs, winning 34-31. The key for the Chiefs this game was showing up in the second half. In the 34-31 loss, the Chiefs were outscored 17-3 in the second half. For the Bengals, the goal has to be to get the ball in Jamarr Chase’s hands. The rookie wide receiver put up 266 yards with three touchdowns, being unstoppable. Even if the Chiefs lost the last matchup, they are still the favorites for this game. It’s hard to bet against Patrick Mahomes in the playoffs, especially when he’s not facing one of the best defenses in the league.
The Bills unfortunately will go home with their second consecutive playoff loss to the Chiefs. They look to improve over the offseason and prepare for their next season, hoping for yet another strong season. The Bills did succeed in getting Josh Allen better help, and now it’s time to shift the attention to the defense. If the Bills have learned anything after that overtime, they know having a stout defense is just as important as offense. While their defense is still elite, they can always bolster and strengthen it knowing their offense is locked down. Look for the Bills to be conservative in the offseason, gaining depth and preparing for another run next year.