AFC Championship Game: Chiefs offense too much for Buffalo
The Kansas City Chiefs are headed to Super Bowl LV to defend their crown thanks to a dominant AFC Championship win over Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
Their are few teams in the NFL today that can compete with the Chiefs offense and after a promising start for Buffalo at Arrowhead Stadium they crumbled under the might of Kansas City.
The Bills started with the ball and put up three points on their opening drive at they quickly had a chance at a touchdown as Mecole Hardman fumbled the kick off return and the Bills recovered the ball a yard from the end zone, Josh Allen duly delivered at the Bills had a 9-0 lead to start the game. Mahomes and the Chiefs then took charge and after finishing the first quarter with a 9-0 lead the Bills were only able to another six points in the next two and half quarters compared to 38 from the home team. After clearing concussion protocol, Mahomes set about shining on the big stage and he did just that throwing for 325 yards and three touchdown passes. The Bills defense did a good job of nullifying the Chiefs rush game, which had Edwards-Helaire back from injury but aside from that the Bills could not buy a stop on the defensive end and were consistently giving up 15-20 yards on single plays. By half time the Chiefs had turned the game on its head with three touchdowns including one for Mecole Hardman to redeem himself after the earlier fumble which gifted Buffalo a td.
As per the majority of opponents, the Bills defense had no answer for Tyreek Hill (9 receptions for 172 yards) & Travis Kelce (13 receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns) but the home sides defense was as impressive as their offense as the all but eliminated Josh Allen's run game and limited Stefon Diggs to just 77 receiving yards. This performance from Kansas City really highlighted the lack of a run game Buffalo has an area they will need to focus on this off season. The Chiefs iced the game in the midway through the fourth quarter with a touchdown to make it 38-15 and all but kill off the Bills, who did managed to answer back with 9 points in the final few minutes but it was not enough to get close to the superior Chiefs. Final Score at Arrowhead, Chiefs 38-24 Bills.
It was not quite the the close battle we expected but this game to showcase just how good this Kansas City team and are and just how good Patrick Mahomes already is at just 25.
This game was somewhat of a reality check for Josh Allen and Buffalo but it should only improve them in the long term. In the biggest game of Allen's young career he threw for 287 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while also running for 88 yards of offense himself. The future remains bright for Allen and the Bills, this is simply the Chiefs time.
Are we now set up for a symbolic passing of the torch from Brady to Mahomes on the biggest stage in football? All will be revealed on February 7th and we can't wait.