KANSAS CITY, MO (WROC) — In one of the greatest and most dramatic games in NFL playoff history, the Bills suffered a heartbreaking loss to end their season in Kansas City for the second straight year.
After taking a 36-33 lead with 13 seconds left on the fourth touchdown reception by Gabriel Davis, a playoff record, the Chiefs had one last answer.
With two seconds left on the clock, Patrick Mahomes moved his team into field goal range in two plays, setting up the game-tying kick.
In overtime, the Chiefs got the ball first and never gave it back. Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce in the end zone for the 42-36 win.
“They made one more play than we did and that’s what it came down to but I’m proud of the way we fought, how we battled, how we came through and persevered through some things over the course of this game and the course of this season,” said Josh Allen. “It hurts and you don’t like feeling like this.”
“The offense did everything they had to do, defense we just had to go out and make a stop. Weren’t able to do it. It’s a tough feeling, man,” said safety Jordan Poyer. “It’s just a really tough feeling, hard to put it into words. It sucks.”
Allen finished with 329 passing yards on 27/37 passing with four touchdowns, all to Davis. He also added 68 yards on the ground on eleven carries.
“17’s always going to make a play with the ball in his hands,” said Davis. “We’ve got a lot of trust and faith in him. You know he’s the best quarterback in the NFL and I stand by that and I know that when it’s time to make plays, I know he’s going to be there to make them.”
“You know, we knew it was going to take a heck of an effort coming out here and I thought the guys gave us that effort, starting with Josh and all the way down the line,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “We’ve obviously got to do some things better, but those guys, they’re hurt. We’re disappointed, we’re all disappointed.”
Stefon Diggs was held to just three catches for seven yards. Cole Beasley had six grabs for 60 yards. Devin Singletary, after scoring the first touchdown of the game, struggled in the run game. He finished with just 26 yards on ten carries.
“You know the unfortunate thing is we’re not going to take the field as a unit, the same unit,” said center Mitch Morse. “And I think that’s what’s most heartbreaking.”
Mahomes finished with 370 yards and three touchdowns. The Chiefs will host the Bengals in the AFC Championship game next week.
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Kansas City won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Bills will have the ball first.
Picking up where they left off last week, the Bills offense marches down the field and put the ball in the end zone. Buffalo converted two fourth downs on the opening drive. On fourth and two at midfield, Josh Allen ran a QB power to the right side for a 10 yard gain. Later in the drive, it was fourth and goal from the one and Devin Singletary ran it in to make it a 7-0 game.
The Chiefs answered right back behind the legs of Patrick Mahomes. On third and six, the Chiefs took off for a 34-yard scramble deep into Bills territory. Later in the drive, Mahomes would scramble in for a score from eight yards out to tie the game at 7-7.
For the first time since Week 18, the Bills were forced to punt. The five-play series ended with a Melvin Ingram sack on Josh Allen. Buffalo punter Matt Haack pinned the Chiefs offense back at their own one-yard line.
Given rough field position after the punt, the Chiefs offense went three and out. Micah Hyde was back to the punt for the Bills and fielded the ball at the Buffalo 43-yard line.
After being gifted with great field position, the Bills’ drive ended in three plays after three straight rushes by Devin Singletary. Haack punted the ball for 37 yards back to the Chiefs 14-yard line.
The Chiefs nearly took seven minutes off the game clock on their 12 play, 86-yard touchdown drive. On third and goal, Mahomes scrambled to his right and found Byron Pringle in the end zone to put Kansas City up 14-7.
Josh Allen and the Bills offense marched down the field and tied the game back up after a superb throw from Allen to Gabriel Davis for an 18-yard touchdown. The drive began with Allen hitting Cole Beasley on two slants for first downs to push the ball into Chiefs territory. Tyler Bass’ PAT made it a 14-14 ball game.
Beginning on their own 25-yard line with 37 seconds on the game clock, Mahomes found his top two weapons in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to push the ball to the Buffalo 32-yard line. Harrison Butker missed a 51-yard kick to keep the game tied at 14-14 into halftime.
The Chiefs offense once again took seven plus minutes off the game clock on their 13 play drive. However, the Buffalo defense got a much-needed stop in the red zone to force a Butker 39-yard field goal to make it a 17-14 game.
The Bills offense went three and out for the second time in the game after starting at their own 25-yard line. Mike Hughes returned the punt for the Chiefs for 15 yards to the Kansas City 39-yard line.
It did not take long for the Chiefs to get into the end zone scoring in just five plays. Mecole Hardman took a jet sweep and did the rest running it in for a 25-yard score. Butker missed the PAT to make it 23-14.
The Allen to Davis connection results in another touchdown. On the first play of the drive, Allen hit Davis on a deep post for a 75-yard touchdown taking just 10 seconds off the game clock. Bass made his extra point to make it a 23-21 game.
The Bills defense got a much-needed stop after a big third down stop. The Bills forced the first two incompletions from Mahomes in the second half. The Bills took over at their own eight-yard line after a Micah Hyde fair catch.
The drive started with promise as Allen hit Davis on a 17-yard pass to begin the drive. Not much came out of it from there with the Bills going backward after a false start penalty and sack. Hill returned the punt for 45 yards to the Buffalo 16-yard line.
Dane Jackson came up with a much-needed stop on third down tackling Jerick McKinnon behind the line of scrimmage forcing a Butker field goal to make it a 26-21 game.
On fourth and 13 and their season on the line, Allen found Davis yet again for another touchdown. The Bills went 17 plays and took seven minutes off the game clock to leave the Chiefs with less than two minutes to score.
Tyreek Hill showed that he is still really, really fast on his 64-yard touchdown outrunning the Buffalo defense. The Chiefs scored in just 52 seconds leaving the Bills with just over one minute to drive down the field. The Butker PAT made it a 33-29 game.
For his fourth touchdown of the game, Allen hit you guessed it, Davis for another score to take the lead with just 13 seconds left on the clock.
Mahomes answered the bell driving the ball 44 yards to the Buffalo 31-yard line. Butker made a 49-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.
The Bills lost the coin toss and the Chiefs got the ball to start overtime. In a game featuring few stops, the Bills could not get one in overtime as Travis Kelce scored the game-winning touchdown to get the win 42-36.