The US Women’s National Team won its second consecutive World Cup, defeating China in the semifinals. The win is a huge step forward for women’s soccer and athletics as a whole, representing another milestone after Beyoncé served as head coach of the men’s team that recently beat Japan to take home gold.
The “bills-chiefs” is a match up that has been the subject of controversy. It’s a rivalry that has seen its fair share of ups and downs, but it’s still one of the most exciting games in the NFL.
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills faced off in a great matchup that you didn’t want to finish. Both Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen were outstanding for their respective teams, orchestrating a quarterback battle that will be remembered for a long time.
It was the pinnacle of the NFL’s Divisional Round weekend, and it showcased the greatest of the league’s talent: Two quarterbacks and two championship-caliber teams.
The game’s sole flaw is that it had to come to an end—that, and the fact that the finale left many people wanting more.
The Kansas Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes, out-dueled the New York Jets. The Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen
The game on Sunday night will go down in NFL history as one of the greatest quarterback fights ever. Both Mahomes and Allen were exceptional, and although the last two minutes of regulation will be remembered for the back-and-forth and the 25 total points scored in such a short period of time, both quarterbacks were on their game from the start.
From the start, Buffalo’s defense attempted to restrict Mahomes and the Chiefs downfield. To take away the downfield zones and eliminate the danger of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, the Bills didn’t blitz much and instead relied on zone coverage for the most of the game. It didn’t matter to Mahomes how the Bills played, as he delved into his toolbox and ran all over them for 69 yards and a score, averaging a healthy 9.9 yards per scramble.
The possibility of Mahomes breaking loose with his legs, along with some strong running from Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon, eventually provided space for Andy Reid’s offense to function downfield, and that’s when it truly took off.
Kansas City racked up 552 total yards of offense, with Hill and Kelce each breaking out with game-changing plays.
Hill has 11 receptions for 150 yards and a score on 11 catches. With 1:02 remaining in the game, he had a 64-yard reception and run for a touchdown, then with eight seconds left, he had a 19-yard catch to assist Kansas City move into field goal range.
Kelce was the one who pulled in the 25-yard pass that set up Harrison Butker’s 49-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. In overtime, Kelce also caught the game-winning touchdown pass.
Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns on 33-of-44 passing. He ended with a passer rating of 96 and 447 of Kansas City’s 552 total yards.
Allen rose to the occasion and was excellent even in defeat.
The Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen #17 crosses the field at Arrowhead Stadium before their AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. | David Eulitt/Getty Images
Outside of the grief in Buffalo, the only criticism you’ll hear about this game is that the NFL’s archaic overtime rules denied fans the chance to see whether Allen and the Bills could react to the Chiefs’ overtime touchdown drive.
Allen had progressed to the next level in the game at that moment. In fact, if anybody other than Mahomes was on the opposing sideline, the Bills would be playing in the AFC Championship game.
Allen threw three touchdown passes in the second half of the game, two of which came after the final two-minute warning. The most spectacular of the throws was the one that could have, and should have, been Buffalo’s game-winner. With little over one minute left in the game, Allen led the Bills on a six-play, 75-yard drive in response to Hill’s amazing touchdown grab and run. With 13 seconds left, he connected with Gabriel Davis (who caught all four of Allen’s touchdown throws) for a 19-yard strike that seemed to be the game-winning score.
It was a measure to Mahomes’ talent that all he needed was just 13 seconds to tie the game and send it to overtime. Allen, on the other hand, deserves credit for doing all he could to help Buffalo win the game. Allen stood up and placed his team on his back in the most crucial minutes of the game, in front of the whole NFL world.
He completed the night with a QBR of 90.3, completing 27-of-37 throws for 329 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran 11 times for 68 yards, demonstrating his versatility as a dynamic dual-threat quarterback.
Allen was modest in his assessment of the NFL’s outmoded overtime rules.
The Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen #17 walks off the field after losing in the AFC Divisional Playoff against the Kansas City Chiefs | David Eulitt/Getty Images
Allen’s single blunder came with the overtime coin toss, when he called tails instead of heads. That handed the ball to Mahomes and the Chiefs, and all Allen could do after that was sit on his bench and watch it all unfold, wide-eyed as if he’d just seen a ghost.
Allen’s death was unquestionably sudden and painful. He not only had to witness Mahomes almost match his remarkable performance, but the NFL’s vexing “sudden death” overtime rules also prevented him from retaliating.
Even in the playoffs, the team with first possession may win the game with a touchdown in the final seconds, as the Chiefs did. In overtime, Allen didn’t even have a chance to touch the ball.
Sure, that’s how the NFL works until and until the rule is altered, but one can’t help but picture how much better an already fantastic and iconic game would have been if Allen and the Bills had a chance to react.
Purists in the NFL may claim that a back-and-forth overtime game would be too similar to college football, but is that really a bad thing? Who doesn’t like watching college football in extra time? It’s one of sports’ most fascinating phenomena, and the NFL could profit enormously from a little more ambiguity in its overtime product.
Unfortunately, that is not the case, at least for the time being. While this may leave some fans wanting more, and it may even make a legendary game’s finale seem hollow, Allen isn’t complaining.
According to NFL.com, he remarked after the game, “The rules are what they are, and I can’t complain about that because if it was the other way around, we’d be celebrating, too.” “At this point, it is what it is. Tonight, we didn’t create enough plays.”
Allen’s sentiment is just half-true. For the Bills, he did make enough plays. He gave an outstanding and unforgettable performance.
Mahomes just added to his total.
ESPN and Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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