Bills, Josh Allen try to exorcise the ghosts of Kansas City

The Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs are set to clash in the postseason for the third time in four years, but this time the game will be held at Buffalo. The matchup between star quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen has become a highly anticipated event, especially since the game is not being played at Arrowhead Stadium, which has been a stronghold for the Chiefs in recent years.

Looking back at their playoff history, the Chiefs hold a slight advantage with a 3-2 record against the Bills. Their first postseason meeting took place in 1966 for the AFL title, with Kansas City emerging victorious. However, they fell short in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers.

The 1990s were a challenging period for Bills fans as their team made it to the Super Bowl four years in a row but failed to secure a championship. The Chiefs stood in their way twice during this stretch. In 1991, the Bills defeated the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional game and went on to face the Washington Football Team in the Super Bowl. Although they lost, it was a testament to their resilience. Two years later, Buffalo once again bested Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game but were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

After decades of playoff droughts for both teams, they finally met again in the 2020 AFC Championship Game. This was the first time Allen and Mahomes faced off in the postseason, resulting in Allen’s first playoff loss. The Chiefs advanced to the Super Bowl but were soundly defeated by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The following season, Mahomes and the Chiefs defeated Allen and the Bills in the AFC Divisional game, only to fall short in the AFC championship against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Now, the Bills and Chiefs are set to clash once again, but this time the game will be held in Buffalo. The Bills enter the matchup as the No. 2 seed, while the Chiefs hold the No. 3 seed. Both teams had relatively easy victories in the opening round, but this game promises to be a challenging battle. When these teams face each other, it is never an easy win.

Buffalo, known for its passionate fanbase known as the “Bills Mafia,” creates an intimidating environment for opposing teams. The cold weather, rowdy fans, and unique atmosphere make playing in Buffalo akin to entering the Thunderdome. Mahomes, who boasts an impressive road record of 38-11, will face the challenge of playing in an energized stadium where his teammates might struggle to hear his calls.

In terms of offensive prowess, the Bills have the edge. Allen has been in outstanding form, leading his team to six consecutive wins at the end of the regular season, including a victory over the Chiefs. Allen’s athleticism and playmaking abilities were on full display in the last game, highlighted by his 52-yard rushing touchdown, the second-longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback in playoff history.

On the defensive side, the Chiefs have the advantage, boasting the second-best total defense in the league. They have consistently found ways to disrupt Allen’s rhythm, whether through aggressive blitzing or strategic coverage. Nonetheless, if Allen and the Bills can find a way to overcome the Chiefs’ defensive prowess, they have a legitimate shot at reaching the AFC Championship Game and potentially securing their first Super Bowl victory.

Ultimately, this game could mark a turning point for Allen and the Buffalo Bills. Mahomes has already had his moment, and now it might be time for Allen and the people of Buffalo to have theirs. The stage is set for an epic showdown, and football fans around the world eagerly await the outcome.

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