Kansas City Chiefs overturn 9-0 deficit to reach second successive Super Bowl final, and the chance to defend their title.
In the final game of the AFC playoffs Buffalo Bills took on defending champions Kansas City Chiefs for a place in Super Bowl 55.
The game started well for the Bills who took A 9-0 lead in the first quarter, taking advantage of a slow start from the Chiefs.
However, the Bills defensive play fell apart in the second quarter as the Chiefs moved through the gears and found themselves leading 21-9, with the Bills only managing a meager 3 points in response, seeing their 9-0 lead reduced to a 9 point deficit by half time.
The third quarter was much of the same with the Chiefs offensive line proving too much for the Bills defense. With the third quarter finishing 10-3 in the Chiefs favor they took a comfortable 16 point lead into the final quarter.
The Bills pushed on for a late revival deep into the final quarter and managed to outscore the Chiefs 9-7, but it wasn’t enough to slash the deficit and the Kansas side sailed to a 38-32-24 victory and booked a place in their second successive Super Bowl final.
The stand out performer for the Chiefs was, as expected, Patrick Mahomes. Last years MVP proved his worth with a calm and calculated performance despite an ongoing injury and last weeks concussion scare preventing him from playing his usual game.
Mahomes scored 3 touchdowns and threw for 325 yards.
One worry for the Chiefs going into the final will be the loss of Eric Fisher, the Chiefs starting offensive tackle and essential part of their already damaged offensive unit, who was taken out of the game deep into the final quarter with a suspected Achilles injury that could see him miss the final.
With their opponents for the final, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, adding 10 time finalist and 6 time winner Tom Brady to their ranks this could prove a decisive blow to the Chiefs hopes of defending their title.