Patrick Mahomes jumped into Travis Kelce’s arms in the long run zone to rejoice their game-winning landing hookup. Then he did a 180, sprinting again to midfield and dodging his teammates who needed to take part on the revelry like they had been Buffalo Bills’ omcoming cross rushers.
Mahomes dropped his helmet and wrapped his arms round one other participant on the sphere. But it wasn’t somebody in crimson and gold. It was Josh Allen.
“A lot of respect for Pat. He throws the winning touchdown and he comes straight over and finds me,” Allen mentioned after his Bills’ crushing 42-36 overtime loss to the Chiefs. “To be in that sutation and to do that, that was pretty cool of him to do that.”
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Allen, who was specactular within the playoffs — he had 9 touchdowns passes, 771 complete yards and no turnovers in two video games — by no means obtained an opportunity to contact the ball in extra time. Kansas City received the coin toss and promptly drove 75 yards for the win.
Mahomes has been in Allen’s cleats earlier than. Three years in the past, the New England Patriots received the coin toss, marched 75 yards and received the AFC Championship Game on the primary possession of extra time to advance to the Super Bowl towards the Chiefs. Mahomes by no means obtained the ball in extra time. Tom Brady sought out Mahomes in the Chiefs’ locker room after the game to give him recommendation and encouragement.
Allen and Mahomes placed on a present, duking it out in a heavyweight combat that deserved to be greater than the second spherical of the playoffs. They mixed to full 60 of 81 passes for 707 yards and 7 touchdowns and every led their group in speeding. It was the primary playoff recreation in NFL historical past that each quarterbacks had a passer ranking of 123 factors or greater. There had been 25 factors scored within the last two minutes of regulation.
It’s the second straight yr the Bills’ season has ended within the playoffs in that stadium. Buffalo is 0-4 on the street within the playoffs beneath head coach Sean McDermott.
Allen stayed on the sphere to see and really feel the festivities at Arrowhead Stadium.
“It sucks the way it happened. We wanted to win that game,” Allen mentioned. “I was taking it all in and holding onto that feeling, making sure we don’t feel like this again. Back-to-back years in the same spot, it’s tough to take in but it’s part of the game, part of the learning process.”