Sunday, history was made as Mahomes and company continued their quest of their second consecutive Lombardi Trophy in a dominating performance of a 13-3 Buffalo Bills team that matched up well on paper but the 38-24 score didn’t do justice to how much of a runaway this game really was.
The first quarter started off with Buffalo getting the ball first and marching downfield for the first 3 points of the game.
Then, the Bills showed they may be able to hang around, stopping Mahomes on their opening drive.
The Bills offense then couldn’t get anything rolling and punted the ball away to the Cheifs’ Hardman who muffed the ball and it was recovered by Buffalo at the 3 yard line.
This set Buffalo up easy and they were up 9-0 just like that after a missed PAT by Bass.
End of Q1 Bills 9 Chiefs 0
Then the Chiefs got rolling and never looked back, scoring on almost every possession after that. A 14 play 80 yard drive by Kansas City was just what the doctor ordered to get the fans at Arrowhead back into it.
Buffalo was forced to punt and boy did Kansas City make them pay as the first play of the next drive, Hardman rushed on an end around for 50 yards. Williams finished the 5 play 82 yard drive with a 6 yard run and made the score 14-9.
Buffalo once again was stifled on offense and went 3 and out.
Kansas City once again went right down the field in 9 plays for 77 yards with Hill getting the big chunk play for 33 yards. Edwards-Helaire capped off the drive with a 1 yard scamper as the Chiefs led 21-9.
The Bills answered back but only with a field goal as they went down the field 12 plays 73 yards. The Chiefs made sure not to give up anything over the top as seen in the NFC game earlier in the day.
End of Half: Chiefs 21 Bills 12
First Half Analysis: Buffalo started out strong but Kansas City found soft spots in coverage for Hill and Kelce who both went well over 100 yards for the night and Buffalo’s corners couldn’t keep up to speed with Hardman as well who was making chunk plays left and right. Offensively, Josh Allen’s receivers couldn’t find separation and he was under constant pressure all game.
Buffalo needed to hold Kansas City to a field goal or less to still be in the game as they let the Chiefs march down and score on 3/4 possessions at the end of the first half with the 4th being a kneel down. They did that and the Chiefs kicked a field goal for a 24-12 lead.
The Bills got the ball back and matched Kansas City’s field goal with one of their own making the score 24-15
Kansas City then ran away with the game as Hill caught a Mahomes pass in the middle of the field and ran for 71 yards. Travis Kelce scored making the game 31-15 with 3:29 left in the 3rd.
End of 3rd: Chiefs 31 Bills 15
Buffalo was driving and then all of a sudden, the game was over as Josh Allen threw an interception that was returned 30 yards back to around midfield.
11 plays, 58 yards later, Kansas City was up 23 thanks to the Mahomes- Kelce connection and Arrowhead was in a frenzy.
Buffalo went down in 10 plays 75 yards for a touchdown to make the score 38-21 and then recovered the onside kick.
The Bills then were held to a field goal making the score 38-24.
A second onside attempt didn’t work as the Chiefs were able to run out the clock and the Chiefs were crowned AFC Champs for the second consecutive year.
Final Score: Chiefs 38 Bills 24
2nd Half Analysis: Much of the same as the Bills had no answer for Mahomes and the Chiefs and Josh Allen was clearly frustrated in the pocket. He was running for his life and wasn’t making great choices under pressure. The Chiefs had great adjustments after a terrible first half of the first quarter. The Bills just looked lost but they are young and they will be back very soon. As for the Chiefs, they look to become the first team to repeat as champions since the 03-04 Patriots did 17 years ago. Ironically the person standing in their way is the quarterback of those teams in Tom Brady and Tampa Bay.