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Chiefs break Buffalo hearts in thrilling playoff duel in western New York

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In a thrilling playoff matchup, the Kansas City Chiefs secured a 27-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills, advancing to their sixth consecutive AFC championship game. Patrick Mahomes delivered a standout performance, throwing two touchdown passes to Travis Kelce.

The Chiefs, who move on to face the Baltimore Ravens in the next round, demonstrated their ability to win in challenging environments, including road games. Mahomes, with a postseason record of 13-3, expressed excitement about the upcoming challenge against the Ravens, acknowledging the strength of their opponent.

Kansas City has become accustomed to ending the Bills’ playoff journey, having done so in three of the last four postseasons. The Chiefs scored on five of their first six possessions in a closely contested game that saw multiple lead changes.

The decisive moment came when Buffalo’s kicker, Tyler Bass, missed a potential game-tying field goal wide right from 44 yards, allowing the Chiefs to secure the win in the final minutes. Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen took responsibility for the final drive stall, expressing disappointment but emphasizing that one play doesn’t define a game or a season.

The Bills have faced heartbreaking losses to the Chiefs in recent playoff history, including the memorable “13 Seconds” game in the 2021 divisional round. Despite winning the AFC East title and showcasing a strong performance in the regular season, Buffalo fell short once again.

For the Chiefs, Mahomes and Kelce’s connection continued to shine, with their two touchdown passes marking the 15th and 16th times they’ve combined for scores in the playoffs, surpassing the record held by Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.

The victory sets the stage for an exciting matchup against the Ravens, where the Chiefs will aim to continue their postseason success and reach the Super Bowl.