April 23, 2024

Buffalo Payments kicker Tyler Bass missed a game-tying kick late within the fourth quarter that led the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs to a 27-24 victory on the street. 

The Chiefs will head to the AFC Championship Sport for the sixth straight season, this time to face the No. 1-seeded Baltimore Ravens subsequent week. 

Josh Allen led the Payments down the sector to the purpose the place it seemed like he might kill clock and rating a landing to take the outright lead. Nevertheless, the Chiefs’ protection got here up clutch on third-and-9, forcing an incompletion that led Bass out on the sector to aim a 44-yard discipline purpose. 


Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs celebrates after scoring a 22 yard landing in opposition to the Buffalo Payments through the second quarter within the AFC Divisional Playoff recreation at Highmark Stadium on January 21, 2024 in Orchard Park, New York. (Al Bello/Getty Photos)

When the kick went up, it was according to the suitable purpose submit, however shortly made a right-hand flip for the miss. The house Payments followers couldn’t consider it, because the Chiefs ran the clock out to maneuver on. 

The third chapter of the Allen-Patrick Mahomes postseason parlay noticed one more battle of sensible quarterback play, and dare we are saying, one other traditional. However Allen didn’t need this to be a traditional that ended with Mahomes on high, however he’s now 0-3 within the playoffs in opposition to him.

This recreation began with discipline purpose drives for each squad, nevertheless it was Allen and James Cook dinner establishing the run recreation for Buffalo their subsequent day trip. It got here all the way down to second-and-3 from Kansas Metropolis’s 5-yard line, the place Allen scampered into the top zone for the primary landing of the sport. 


The Chiefs responded with a discipline purpose on the following drive, however after getting a Payments punt, Mahomes had the possibility to take the primary lead of the sport on the street. 

He wanted simply 5 performs to take action, and who higher than star tight finish Travis Kelce getting his first landing since Week 11 of the common season for a 22-yard rating the place he was broad open down the left sideline.

 However each Allen and Kelce weren’t completed making an influence for his or her groups on this recreation, as they’d get their second touchdowns the following time every crew noticed the top zone. 

First, it was Allen busting his means by means of tackler from two yards out to attain earlier than the primary half ended, making it a 17-13 recreation. 

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Payments celebrates after scoring a landing in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs through the second quarter within the AFC Divisional Playoff recreation at Highmark Stadium on January 21, 2024 in Orchard Park, New York. (Al Bello/Getty Photos)

Then, it was Kelce getting in as soon as once more to start out the second half, however this one wasn’t straightforward. He caught a display screen from Mahomes and used some blocking to run three yards and recover from the purpose line. 

There have been 5 whole touchdowns with a kneel-down to finish the primary half in between that noticed a number of lead adjustments in a recreation that had everybody watching within the stands and at residence on the sting of their seats. 

After Kelce received in for the second time, the Payments took 15 performs to go 75 yards, killing 8:25 of clock, to get their lead again because of a seed from Allen to Khalil Shakir. The speedy wideout, who has develop into a form of safety blanket for Allen within the go recreation, made an amazing catch close to the entrance left pylon, whereas conserving his ft inbounds for the rating. 

Now, 24-20, everybody had the sensation Mahomes was simply going to fireside again with a landing of his personal. He did simply that, orchestrating a drive that ended with Isiah Pacheco moving into the top zone once more this postseason.

With each offenses taking part in so effectively, defenses knew that one cease could possibly be the decisive issue within the recreation. The Chiefs received that when the Payments turned it over on downs after making an attempt a pretend punt with Damar Hamlin on fourth-and-five on their very own 30-yard line. 

The Chiefs received proper into purple zone territory with a Rashee Rice reception, however on the very subsequent play, momentum as soon as once more shifted again to the Payments. 

Mecole Hardman took a run to the left aspect, and he tried extending the ball over the purpose line to present the Chiefs a extra sizable lead. However Buffalo security Jordan Poyer, their trusty captain on protection, received the ball out of his palms earlier than he might do it. 

Patrick Mahomes looks to pass

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs appears to go in opposition to the Buffalo Payments through the first quarter within the AFC Divisional Playoff recreation at Highmark Stadium on January 21, 2024 in Orchard Park, New York. (Al Bello/Getty Photos)

The fumble ended up going out of bounds ultimately zone, which pressured a controversial rule to be referred to as: Touchback with change of possession. 

Nothing got here of the drive, however the Payments had been in a position to make the Chiefs punt as effectively, giving them an opportunity to at the very least tie it within the fourth quarter. 

After all, the fingers are being pointed at Bass ultimately right here, however Allen would be the first to inform you he wants to increase that drive to recover from the purpose line as soon as extra to safe a win for Buffalo. 

As a substitute, Payments followers should cope with one other “broad proper” recreation – the 1991 Tremendous Bowl the place Scott Norwood’s 47-yard miss isn’t forgotten – because the Chiefs hit the street once more. 

Wanting on the stat sheet, Allen had two speeding touchdowns and a team-high 72 yards on the bottom on 12 carries. Cook dinner had 61 yards on 18 carries as effectively. 

Within the go recreation, Allen was simply 26-of-39 for 186 yards along with his landing to Shakir, who had 44 yards on seven receptions (team-high). Tight finish Dalton Kincaid was the Payments’ main receiver with 45 yards on 5 catches, whereas Stefon Diggs had one other lackluster recreation with three catches for 21 yards on eight targets. 

Tyler Bass looks at kick

Tyler Bass #2 of the Buffalo Payments watches his kick after making a 27 yard discipline purpose in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs through the first quarter within the AFC Divisional Playoff recreation at Highmark Stadium on January 21, 2024 in Orchard Park, New York. (Al Bello/Getty Photos)

There was a play on that last Payments drive the place Allen unloaded a deep ball to Diggs, who noticed it go proper by means of his arms. It might’ve set the Payments up fantastically in Chiefs territory. 


Talking of the Chiefs, Mahomes went 17-of-23 for 215 yards along with his two touchdowns to Kelce, who completed with a game-high 75 yards on 5 catches. And Pacheco really set the tone on the bottom, speeding for 97 yards on 15 carries along with his rating.