The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills added another playoff classic to their rivalry Sunday. But again, the Chiefs came out on top with a 27-24 win over the Bills at Highmark Stadium.
The Chiefs will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens in the AFC Championship next Sunday at M&T Stadium. Kansas City will play in its sixth consecutive AFC Championship Game.
Bills kicker Tyler Bass missed a 44-yard field goal wide right with 1:43 remaining in the game that would’ve tied it.
The Chiefs’ Isiah Pacheco picked up the game-winning score as he broke through for a 5-yard touchdown run less than a minute into the fourth quarter to go up 27-24.
But a series of wild turns in the fourth quarter hindered both teams after the Pacheco touchdown.It started by Buffalo failing to pick up a first down on a fake punt attempt in its own territory. Kansas City only deployed 10 players for the punt return and still stopped the Bills’ Damar Hamlin short of the first down on the fake punt attempt. The Chiefs took the ball over on downs at the Bills’ 32-yard line.
Two plays later, the Chiefs’ Mecole Hardman caught a pass from Patrick Mahomes and fumbled the ball as he was being tackle near the goal line. Originally officials ruled Hardman down. Buffalo challenged the call successfully as it was ruled the ball went out the end zone for a touchback giving possession to the Bills.
The Bills seemed to put themselves in position to at least tie the game, but the Bass miss ended the Bills’ season.
Josh Allen’s two first-half rushing touchdowns propelled the Bills to a 17-13 halftime lead. The first came on a 5-yard run early in the second quarter. The second helped Buffalo regain the lead at 17-13 on a 2-yard TD scamper near the close of the first half.
The Chiefs took a 13-10 lead when Mahomes connected with a wide-open Travis Kelce on a 22-yard touchdown reception with 3:33 left in the third quarter. Kelce blew a kiss and formed his hands into a heart in the direction of the suite where pop star Taylor Swift, Kelce’s girlfriend, watched the game in the stadium. Shortly after, Eagles center Jason Kelce, Travis’ brother, came to the front of the open-air suite shirtless to bellow his satisfaction for his brother’s touchdown.
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