The Kansas City Chiefs will return to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season. With a dominant 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills, the Chiefs will travel to Tampa Bay to face the team that calls Tampa Bay home, the Buccaneers. As was was the case throughout the season, the Kansas City Chiefs offense simply overpowered the Bills on all fronts. With Mahomes throwing for over 300 yards, and both Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill having over 100 yards receiving, the Chiefs were able to pick apart the Bills defense even after a slow start to the game.
The first half began rather well for the Buffalo Bills, as they took the opening possession straight down the field, but were only able to put up three points. When the Chiefs took the ball for their first possession, a dropped pass by wide receiver Tyreek Hill resulted in a three and out by the Chiefs. The ensuing possession by the Bills resulted in a punt, but the ball was muffed by returner Mecole Hardman. The Bills recovered at the Chiefs three yard line. On the next play, Josh Allen found tight end Dawson Knox in the end zone, giving the Bills a 9-0 lead after Tyler Bass missed the extra point attempt. This is when the Chiefs began to turn up the heat.
Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs on a 14 play drive, which was capped off by a Mecole Hardman 3-yard touchdown reception to bring the Chiefs within two points of the Bills. After another punt by the Bills, the Chiefs drove right down the field again on the heels of a 50 yard reception by Mecole Hardman. Running back Darrell Williams scored the touchdown for the Chiefs securing the teams’ lead for the first time in the game. After yet another punt by the Bills, the Chiefs kept their momentum up as they drove down the field again. This time, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire found the end zone for the Chiefs, putting them up 21-9. With the half coming to a close, the Bills needed to respond. While they put together a strong drive to put them in position to score, the Bills settled for a field goal. At the half, the Chiefs led the Bills 21-12.
The second half began with the Chiefs possessing the ball. As they had done is previous drives, they made their way down the field, but ultimately settled for a Harrison Butker 45 yard field goal. Buffalo’s next possession was more of the same, as the Bills drove down the field but again settled for a field goal. The Chiefs put the game further out of reach on their next possession, as they were able to find the end zone yet again. They extended their lead to 31-15 when Mahomes completed at one yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. With the Bills trailing by 16, Josh Allen hoped to lead the Bills down the field to respond. Unfortunately, Rashad Fenton picked off Allen inside Kansas City territory. This marked Allen’s first NFL playoff interception.
The Kansas City Chiefs began the fourth quarter with the ball, and like previous drives, Mahomes led them down the field for another touchdown. Travis Kelce was able to haul in a five yard touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes, extending their lead to 38-15. Three minutes later, the Bills managed to score their second touchdown of the game. Josh Allen found Isaiah McKenzie for a six yard touchdown, shortening the Chiefs lead to 38-21. A successful onside kick by the Bills gave them back the ball, which resulted in another Tyler Bass field goal. With the score at 38-24 in favor of the Chiefs, the final possession of the game, the Chiefs ran out the clock, ending the game.
Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs Sunday completing 29 of 38 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Darrell Williams had a solid game on the ground, carrying the ball 13 times for 52 yards and one score. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who did not play last week against the Browns, scored a touchdown for the Chiefs.. The dynamic duo of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce led the Chiefs’ receiving attack Sunday. Hill ended the game with nine catches for a whopping 172 yards receiving. Travis Kelce found the end zone twice, while catching 13 passes for 118 yards. Mecole Hardman recovered from his early game muffed punt to catch two passes for four yards and one touchdown, while also rushing the ball once for a huge 50 yard completion.
For the Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen completed 28 of 48 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. From early on in the second quarter, the Bills became a one dimensional team, relying on Allen’s arm to propel them through the game. This game plan was ineffective against the Chiefs, and Allen struggled to find his play-makers throughout the game. Allen’s legs allowed him to carry the ball seven times for 88 yards during the game. However, both Bills running backs Devin Singletary and T.J. Yeldon were only able to muster 32 yards rushing amongst the two of them. Cole Beasley led the Bills in receiving as he was able to haul in seven passes for 88 yards. Josh Allen’s favorite target all season, Stefon Diggs, ended the game with six catches for 77 yards and no touchdowns. Dawson Knox and Isaiah McKenzie were able to both find the end zone on the day, each scoring a touchdown. Tyler Bass remained sharp for the Bills as he has all year, making four of his four kicks including two from 51 yards out.
While the Bills are left to wonder what could have been, the Kansas City Chiefs will now have to wonder what will happen in two weeks as they travel to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers in their home stadium. For the first time in NFL history, the host of the Super Bowl will play in the game. Tom Brady, at age 43, will play in his tenth Super Bowl, with the chance to win his seventh. Mahomes versus Brady, in the Super Bowl, is what awaits NFL fans!
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