Sunday, the defending champions have indeed beaten the Buffalo Bills (38-24), in a meeting where the suspense was less than that which pitted Tampa Bay and Green Bay. In their stadium, the Chiefs enforced logic against the Bills, who had started the game well, but then remained unanswered against the offensive armada of their opponent.
Buffalo first led 9-0 in the first quarter, thanks to a field goal from Tyler Bass from 51 yards, then a touchdown from Dawson Knox, after an error from Kansas City on a return kick. Mecole Hardman lost the ball, setting up Buffalo very close to his team’s end zone. On the next move, the Bills’ excellent quarterback Josh Allen found Knox on a short pass.
Mahomes precise and clinical in his throws
But then Patrick Mahomes kicked in. Long uncertain, after the concussion suffered the previous weekend against the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City star was up to it, precise and clinical in his throws, three of which were converted into touchdowns. The first was for the same Mecole Hardman (9-7), who redeemed himself from his mistake.
The Chiefs riders then put themselves in value, with TD’s from Darrel Williams, who allowed his team to take the lead (14-9) in the second quarter and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (21-9) .
Then, in the second half, Mahomes then sent twice Travis Kelce, his favorite receiver this season, into the end zone, to give his team a more comfortable lead (38-15) at the start of the fourth quarter. time. Tyreek Hill, another target of Patrick Mahomes’ choice, also shone, collecting 172 yards in nine receptions.
Kansas City to aim for double, unheard of since 2005
Opposite, for his first conference final, Josh Allen was not unworthy. At the end of the game, he had some great streaks with Stefon Diggs, the best receiver of the NFL regular season. Isaiah McKenzie scored a touchdown for Buffalo, and Tyler Bass slammed a new field goal to reduce the score (38-24). But the Chiefs were too strong and their Super Bowl qualification already acquired.
The challenges that await Kansas City on February 7 are many. The Chiefs will face Tampa Bay in their own stadium, as the Buccaneers will be the unwitting hosts of the Super Bowl, a first in Super Final history.
Patrick Mahomes and his teammates will also try to win a second consecutive league title, which has not been seen since 2005. The New England Patriots are the last team to have achieved such a double, with Tom Brady, decidedly. in all the right moves.