1) The box scores and game record from this one looked a lot like most Chiefs wins. Kansas City peppered his offensive possession with a 10-15 yard advantage, taking what the Buffalo defense gave as the Bills aimed to prevent the Chiefs’ famous explosive play. The problem was that the Chiefs’ little chunk turned into an explosive play, and by the time we reached the second half the Chiefs had already had three touchdown drives of five minutes or less. It was shocking for so few people who saw it Tyreek Hill finished with nine catches for 172 yards, Travis Kelce catches 13 balls for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Patrick mahomes finishes with passer rank at 127 north. Kansas City provides the internet with a bevy of easily shareable Hill clips streaking across the field and Mahomes extends the game to find open targets for big gains, all with the same theme for those poor defenses trying to stop them. In the end, it was once again simple: Buffalo couldn’t do it, just as Cleveland could not, nor could most of the team that faced the Chiefs in the regular season. Except for a fruitless comeback attempt to make the score a little more respectable, the Bills missing this track was met by a wide margin in a way too familiar to many clubs unfortunate enough to find themselves on the Kansas City track.
2) The exciting battle that so many of us thought was coming never materialized because Bill’s explosive offense couldn’t get gunpowder out of the barrels that had been launched onto the sideline. The credit is due to the Kansas City defense, which sabotaged Buffalo’s efforts to put significant points on the board by limiting the Bill to 5-of-14 a night in the third down, and holding Buffalo to three field goals en route to the Kansas City area – including two possessions that were won. ends within the 10 yard line. The key to Kansas City’s defensive success centered largely on the Chiefs’ ability to take out Stefon Diggs quit the game. In the first half, Diggs only had two catches for 12 yards, and he hit the start of the fourth quarter with a total of four receptions for 28 yards. Josh Allen forced to look elsewhere, finding initial success in a very brief situation by throwing it away Dawson Knox, but without his top receiver making a lot of impact and no rushed play to speak of (Allen led the Bills by 88 yards on seven attempts), Buffalo’s offense entered a habit that couldn’t lift itself up until the game was decided. Add in Kansas City’s ability to catch Allen – the Chiefs hit him on 25% of his drop-back, holding him up to a completion percentage of 33.3 on attempts like that – and four of their sacks for a combined 53 yards loss, and we see what a watered down Bills offense would look like. seen in a very important contest.
3) It’s interesting (if not downright frustrating) to watch coaches who normally direct their team fearlessly then suddenly tighten up in big moments, spinning to pick up points just to keep the game somewhat within reach instead of flirting with outbursts. . That was Sean McDermott’s approach on Sunday night. McDermott sent the field goal unit to try with the ball across Kansas City’s 2-yard line before halftime in game 21-9, then did it again from Kansas City’s 8-yard line in play 24-12 in the middle of the third-quarter play. Sure, that leaves the Bills in attacking range – if a touchdown plus a field goal counts as attacking distance against the league’s most explosive offense – but that doesn’t make for an absolutely critical dent in trying to bring down the reigning champions. It wasn’t until the Bills were down, 38-15, that McDermott threw a caution into the winds that had swept his side’s previous quarter, doing it on fourth and 1st to extend a drive that ended on a touchdown pass. toIsaiah McKenzieto cut the deficit to 38-21. And even then, Buffalo’s two-point conversion attempt failed via an interception in the final zone. Too often, Bill was on the threshold of matching the Chiefs’ goals to their own, but chose to take the point and keep the score at nine, wasting valuable time and wasting rare opportunities to try to keep up with the pace with the fast-moving Chiefs. There is training to win, there is training not to lose, and there is training not to lose by a huge difference in points. Only one of them actually wins your game, and in big moments like Sunday night’s conference championship match, McDermott doesn’t train to snatch the AFC crown out of the grip of the Head.
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