The NFL could not have scripted the entire Divisional Round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs, especially with how the highly-anticipated showdown between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansa City Chiefs panned out on Sunday night. There were lead changes aplenty towards the final stretch, and it was the Chiefs who prevailed victorious with a little luck from the overtime coin flip.
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3 Key Takeaways from Chiefs Win vs. Bills in 2022 NFL Divisional Round
The AFC runs through KC. pic.twitter.com/D5OkpAhbw0— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 24, 2022
As Amazing As Advertised
Many fans and experts had the Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs AFC Divisional Round game to be the best card on paper, and the NFL was right to have this close out the weekend on Sunday night. It was such an entertaining affair that there were four lead changes between the final two minutes of the fourth quarter and into the extra period.
It was a postseason battle between two juggernauts that will be fondly remembered for years to come. Alas; the football gods decided that the Chiefs would win the coin flip for the first drive in overtime, as Patrick Mahomes and Co. marched down the field for an eight-play, 75-yard game-winning touchdown drive to end a magnificent contest with a final score of 42-36 in favor of the reigning AFC champions.
The AFC Still Goes Through The Tribe
The Chiefs are now back in the AFC Championship Game for the fourth time in as many seasons with young legend Patrick Mahomes under center. Mahomes was near-perfect as he completed 33 of 44 passes for 378 yards and three passing touchdowns, including the beautiful eight-yard corner strike to Travis Kelce in the end zone during overtime.
With all due respect to the WWE’s Roman Reigns, Mahomes is the one and only Tribal Chief in the sporting realm right now, and Andy Reid is the wise shaman giving the KC Nation proper guidance right next to the “Head of the Table”. Kansas City will now face the Cincinnati Bengals in a rematch from their Week 17 clash.
The Bengals won that similarly tense and exciting contest in Cincy, 34-31, but they’ll now need to win in loud and rowdy Arrowhead Stadium in order to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1989. Despite that earlier loss to the Bengals, though, the Chiefs are currently (-7) favorites to exact revenge and return to the Super Bowl themselves for the third straight season.
Bills Hold Heads Up High in Defeat
Down nine points with two minutes left in the third quarter, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills needed two scoring drives to upset the mighty Chiefs. Allen pulled off a memorable performance from that point, finishing with 329 passing yards and four TDs on 27-of-37 passing. The perennial MVP candidate also had team-highs of 11 carries and 68 rushing yards, and Allen even threw two go-ahead touchdown passes to Gabriel Davis within the last two minutes of the contest.
Sadly, Buffalo’s defense afforded Kansas City three plays for 44 yards to set up a game-tying field goal by Harrison Butker. The Chiefs would win the ensuing coin toss in overtime and would not be denied a game-sealing touchdown in the opening drive. Many of us are just left here to wonder what would happen if Allen had one last shot to lead his offense in OT for another miraculous scoring drive had the Bills’ defense not caved in down the stretch.
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