Buffalo had Kansas Metropolis proper the place they wished them with two minutes left at house in the primary occasion of the Divisional Spherical. It regarded like Josh Allen and the Payments would possibly lastly vanquish their nemesis from the Midwest, and ship them house with a loss in Patrick Mahomes’ first highway playoff recreation. Nonetheless, it simply wasn’t meant to be as the Bills squandered a grand alternative, shedding in an all-too-familiar manner by lacking a discipline purpose with the sport on the road.
Extensive Proper! You heard proper. Excuse the pun. Everybody in Buffalo is aware of the importance of these phrases, as does anybody sufficiently old to have witnessed Scott Norwood’s missed discipline purpose that may’ve crushed the New York Giants in Tremendous Bowl XXV. Virtually 33 years later to the day, Tyler Bass missed one that may’ve stored the Payments’ season alive, even when just for one other couple of minutes.
Though the stakes weren’t as excessive as when Norwood missed, and the Chiefs would’ve nonetheless had loads of time for Mahomes to make one thing occur, it’s ironic that the ultimate play of Buffalo’s marketing campaign will as soon as once more be summed up in two phrases: Extensive proper.
As soon as we take into account the truth that the Payments have failed every time within the playoffs in opposition to Reid and Mahomes, shedding by taking a visit down reminiscence lane appears like a merciless joke. Lose another manner, however that’s what many followers in Buffalo will agonize over for six months. Not that Bass’ miss was the one motive they misplaced. The Payments had greater than sufficient alternatives to stay it to KC on that final drive and couldn’t capitalize. However the miss by Bass is what people will bear in mind.
Kansas Metropolis’s protection additionally did a superb job containing Buffalo’s passing recreation. Allen accomplished greater than 66 p.c of his passes, however totaled solely 186 yards for one landing by way of the air. He added one other two on the bottom. There have been missed and dropped passes that may have put the Payments in prime place to go forward late on this one. Finally, it wasn’t meant to be, and Buffalo was eradicated as soon as once more by Mahomes and the Chiefs.
At this level, in that Payments locker room, they’ve received to be questioning how they’ll overcome these guys when it issues most. Buffalo marched into KC a bit of over a month in the past and pulled out the win, 20-17. Allen and crew had crushed the Chiefs earlier than within the common season, however when the brightest lights are on within the playoffs, they’re 0-3 in opposition to Kansas Metropolis.
Ultimately, one thing wants to alter in Buffalo to ensure that them to shake this curse of falling to KC within the playoffs. It’s nice that they’ve beat them within the common season, however come January it’s been a much different story for Allen. All their video games are shut for essentially the most half and possibly that’s the issue.
It appears like if the Payments ever get the very best of the Chiefs in a postseason contest, they’ll have to blow them out. Mahomes and KC simply appear to be too chill and relaxed in these tight, late-game conditions. Winters are already lengthy in western New York, and the offseason simply received that for much longer.