WOOF. Tough day for the haters who think Travis Kelce is too distracted by Taylor Swift, or those who are simply sick of seeing the international pop megastar at football games, having a good time, being relatable and so forth.
This had the makings of a classic Patrick Mahomes-Josh Allen duel that could’ve gone into overtime, just like the 42-36 thriller at Arrowhead Stadium from two years ago in the Divisional Round.
Alas, Bass’ kick ended the suspense with a thud, as the Chiefs took the air out of the football, ran it down Buffalo’s throat for two plays with Isiah Pacheco, and took knees in victory formation the rest of the way.
Jim Nantz was savage on that wide right call, though!
The Bills really had their chances. Several downfield heaves by Allen, including two in particular to Trent Sherfield and Stefon Diggs, were very catchable but were dropped. As a result, Allen, who rumbled for two rushing TDs and threw for another, averaged only 4.8 yards per pass attempt on 39 throws. Not exactly the explosiveness or efficiency you’re looking for out of your superstar QB, but again, can’t put it all on him in the slightest.
Tyler Bass will be the scapegoat for Bills fans’ latest round of Pain Olympics. Tough to have to wait a whole 365 days to hopefully get to this position in the postseason again. Buffalo will be hard-pressed to ever face Mahomes’ Chiefs at home again. It might happen once every five years or so. Maybe you get one or two more shots at them in your house during Allen’s prime. Tough sledding indeed.
If Mahomes drags this KC team to the Super Bowl, it’ll be so demoralizing for the rest of the AFC in particular. The conference is stacked with quality quarterbacks and formidable teams. Every single year he’s started full-time, Mahomes has made it to the AFC Championship Game. It’s just absurd. With how young and strong the Chiefs’ defense is overall and how much room the offense has to improve from this season’s showing, it sure feels like Kansas City isn’t going anywhere any time soon. More nightmare fuel for Buffalo, I’m afraid.