Chiefs Outlast Bills 42-36 In Divisional Round Classic

January 23, 2022
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13 seconds left on the clock. The Bills just took the lead, 36-33, off Gabriel Davis’ NFL record fourth touchdown catch. The crowd at Arrowhead Stadium is quiet. The Chiefs have to get at least 30 yards in 12 seconds to have a chance at a field goal to force overtime.

“When it’s grim, be the grim reaper,” Andy Reid told Patrick Mahomes. The grim reaper showed up in those final moments. Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on back-to-back plays, setting up Harrison Butker for a game-tying 49-yard field goal.

After missing a field goal and extra point earlier in the game, Butker connected and sent the game to overtime.

The Chiefs won the overtime coin toss. Mahomes led the team downfield on an eight-play, 75-yard drive. For the second time this season, Kelce called the game in overtime with an eight-yard touchdown catch, clinching a 42-36 victory.

After trailing with 13 seconds remaining, Mahomes and the Chiefs offense defy all odds and come back to clinch the win. However, the final 13 seconds don’t tell the whole story.

Fourth Quarter

In the final two minutes of regulation, there were 25 points scored—the most ever in an NFL playoff game.

On fourth down and 13, Josh Allen connected with Davis to give Buffalo a 29-26 lead with a two-point conversion. There was 1:54 remaining.

With a 1:16 left, Mahomes connected with Hill over the middle, and the Cheetah took over, going 64 yards to the house for a go-ahead touchdown. After that, the craziness ensued with the touchdown and field goal within the final 20 seconds of play.

On the game’s first possession, the Chiefs lost star safety, Tyrann Mathieu, to a concussion. The defense did miss his leadership and play on multiple drives and plays.

Despite the defensive struggles, the offense was potent all game long. Mahomes finished with 378 yards and three touchdowns through the air, but he didn’t stop there. Mahomes ran for a career-high 69 yards and a touchdown as well.

Kelce (96 yards, TD) and Hill (150 yards, TD) led the Chiefs’ receivers and made two of the biggest plays this season for Kansas City.

Sunday’s matchup is one of the greatest games in NFL history and an instant classic between the two teams and two quarterbacks. With Sunday Night’s victory, the Chiefs become the first team in NFL history to host four consecutive AFC Championship games. They take on the Cincinnati Bengals in a rematch from Week 17.


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