The team around star quarterback Patrick Mahomes prevailed in the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night with 38:24 and now has the chance to defend the title. If they win, Kansas City would be the first team to defend their title since the New England Patriots in 2005.
A few hours earlier, superstar Tom Brady had led his Bucs against the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. (All games and results)
Chiefs make 21 points in a row
Mahomes, who was back in time after his concussion in the Divisional Round against the Cleveland Browns, had to get his team back on track at Arrowhead Stadium after a 9-0 deficit.
A field goal from the first drive of the Bills and a touchdown by tight end Dawson Knox after a dropped punt gave quarterback Josh Allen a better start to the game.
But the Chiefs were not impressed, on the contrary: with three touchdowns in the second quarter (by Mercole Hardman, Darrel Williams and Clyde Edwards-Helaire) the game was turned in just ten minutes. It was the fourth consecutive postseason match in which the Chiefs scored 21 points in a row.
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Kelce with two touchdowns
The Chiefs continued to demonstrate their strength, star receiver Tyreek Hill carried a pass from Mahomes over 71 yards to just before the end zone before tight end Travis Kelce completed the drive in the end zone.
With a touchdown each in the third and last quarter, Kelce single-handedly increased the score for the Chiefs. Before Kelce’s second blow, Bill’s playmaker Allen had thrown the ball at Chiefs defender Rashad Fenton.
Interception from everyone
The subsequent two-point conversion failed – however, the Chiefs’ lead was unmatchable at this point.
Mahomes, in his third AFC Championship game in a row, brought 29 of 38 passes to the man and threw a total of 325 yards and three touchdowns. His opponent Allen had 287 yards and two touchdowns – but also recorded an interception.