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Buffalo Payments quarterback Josh Allen has developed a friendship with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The 2 NFL stars often play a recreation of golf collectively through the offseason. 

However Allen’s fondness for Mahomes will seemingly exit the window this weekend, not less than for just a few hours, when the Payments-Chiefs divisional spherical playoff recreation kicks off inside Highmark Stadium. 

Allen and the Payments will look to avenge their additional time loss to the Chiefs within the 2021 divisional spherical. The Chiefs additionally knocked Buffalo out of the playoffs within the 2020 AFC championship recreation.

However the location of Sunday’s recreation shall be totally different than the current Payments-Chiefs postseason matchups. The Payments beforehand needed to journey to Arrowhead Stadium in January, however this yr the Chiefs should fly to New York.

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Josh Allen of the Buffalo Payments appears to be like to cross in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs at GEHA Area at Arrowhead Stadium Oct. 16, 2022, in Kansas Metropolis, Mo. (Cooper Neill/Getty Photos)

However previous playoff heartbreaks are the very last thing on Allen’s thoughts.

“We don’t have to convey that up,” Allen stated Wednesday. “I’m positive individuals will convey up what I’m afraid of however, nah, I acquired a number of respect for him and his recreation and who he’s off the sphere.”

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The Payments’ 2021 defeat did immediate the NFL to alter its postseason additional time guidelines. Kansas Metropolis received the coin toss and ended the 2021 divisional recreation with a landing on the primary additional time possession. The foundations now stipulate that each groups are assured a possibility to own the ball in additional time.

Sunday’s recreation may also mark Mahomes’ first time taking part in a postseason recreation away from Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes expressed pleasure in regards to the alternative to play in entrance of a favorably raucous crowd.

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, left, and Josh Allen of the Buffalo Payments after a recreation at GEHA Area at Arrowhead Stadium Dec. 10, 2023, in Kansas Metropolis, Mo.  (Ryan Kang/Getty Photos)

“Though I do know it’s going to be hostile and there are going to be individuals speaking trash and the whole lot like that, I’m excited for it as a result of it’s among the finest environments in soccer,” Mahomes stated. “And also you need to try this if you develop up watching these video games in the very best environments and see what it’s like.”

Though snow isn’t within the forecast for Sunday, each groups are accustomed to taking part in in frigid temperatures. The Chiefs defeated the Miami Dolphins in one of many coldest video games in NFL historical past final week.

Josh Allen drops back to pass

Buffalo Payments quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs a play through the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff recreation in opposition to the Miami Dolphins Jan. 15, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photograph/Joshua Bessex)

There’s a truthful quantity of familiarity between the Payments and Chiefs. The rivals have break up their previous six conferences, together with the playoffs, since 2020.

“There’s no secrets and techniques,” Chiefs defensive deal with Chris Jones stated.

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Wherever the setting, Allen appreciates how troublesome will probably be to beat the defending champions.

“They’re on the high of the mountain. They know what it takes to get there. We’ve but to do this,” stated Allen, whose lone AFC championship recreation look led to a 38-24 loss at Kansas Metropolis. “As a competitor, to be in a state of affairs like that is one thing you dream about.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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