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Chiefs rally past Buffalo 42-36 in OT in wild playoff game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes discovered Travis Kelce in the nook of the tip zone from 8 yards early in time beyond regulation, and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied to beat the Buffalo Bills 42-36 on Sunday night time in a scorching end to a wild divisional-round weekend.

The lead modified fingers 3 times in the ultimate two minutes of regulation earlier than Harrison Butker, who earlier missed a area objective and further level, drilled a 49-yarder for Kansas City as time expired to pressure time beyond regulation.

The Chiefs gained the coin toss, marched swiftly downfield towards the NFL’s top-ranked however exhausted protection, and proper into their fourth straight AFC title game. They’ll play the Bengals subsequent Sunday night time for a spot in the Super Bowl.

Mahomes completed with 378 yards passing and three touchdowns, together with a 64-yarder to Tyreek Hill throughout the thrilling ultimate minutes of regulation and the clutch throw to Kelce that despatched gamers streaming off the bench.

“The guys didn’t flinch,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid stated. “You talk about an epic game, well, that’s the way the players took it. They had tremendous respect for Buffalo and they knew it was going to be a battle and they kept going.”

What was Reid’s recommendation for Mahomes when the Chiefs had been up towards it?

“When it’s grim, be the grim reaper, and go get it,” Reid stated. “He made everyone around him better.”

Josh Allen was fairly good, too. He threw a go-ahead landing go to Gabriel Davis with 1:54 left in the regulation, then one other to Davis — his playoff-record fourth TD catch — with 13 seconds remaining in regulation.

Allen’s solely mistake? Calling tails on the coin toss for time beyond regulation.

He completed with 329 yards passing, and Davis with eight catches for 201 yards, because the Bills — who had overwhelmed the Chiefs in October — misplaced their ninth straight street playoff game courting to their final victory in the 1992 season’s AFC championship.

In a playoff game for the historical past books Sunday night time, the Bills and Chiefs performed 58 minutes that few will keep in mind. And about two minutes and an time beyond regulation that few will overlook.

The Chiefs had been main 26-21 when Allen, who had been practically excellent all night time, related with Davis for the third time in the game — a fourth-and-13 dart that gave the Bills the lead.

Not to be outdone, the Chiefs answered when Mahomes discovered Hill over the center. The fleet-footed extensive receiver ran away from cornerback Levi Wallace for a 64-yard landing that gave Kansas City the lead again.

Then it was the Bills’ flip. Allen threw a 28-yard go to Davis, hit him once more for 12 yards, then discovered Emmanuel Sanders to provide coach Sean McDermott’s workforce an opportunity with 17 seconds on the clock.

Allen hit Davis proper between the numbers, their 19-yard strike giving him the postseason-record, however not the victory.

Mahomes wasn’t executed conjuring up playoff magic. He discovered Hill for 19 yards, then hit Kelce for 25 extra. That gave Butker an opportunity to attempt a 49-yarder right into a slight, chilly breeze as time expired.

Naturally, it cut up the uprights.

Overtime.

A becoming method to finish a divisional-round weekend crammed with last-second heroics.

INJURIES

Bills: CB Micah Hyde left with an undisclosed harm he sustained on the ultimate play of regulation.

Chiefs: Tyrann Mathieu left on the opening drive with a concussion after the Pro Bowl security was hit by teammate Jarran Reed’s knee. … CB Charvarius Ward was harm making an attempt to deal with Allen with 5 1/2 minutes left in the game.

UP NEXT

The Chiefs get a go to from Cincinnati subsequent Sunday, turning into the primary franchise in NFL historical past to host 4 consecutive convention championship video games. The 49ers play the Rams for the NFC title in the nightcap.

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