KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s written somewhere that there will have to be an AFC Championship Game next week at some point. Really? Can’t we just stop time here Sunday night where Kansas City and Buffalo played one of the best NFL games ever. Not just playoff. Not just regular season.
One of the best ever.
Congratulations Chiefs after pulling out a 42-36 AFC divisional playoff win over the Bills. Now top that.
The truth is, it can’t be surpassed. Not in this town. The result might be the most heart-rending in the half-century history of Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are in their fourth consecutive AFC Championship Game. They won a Super Bowl a couple of years ago. But this?
The lead changed hands three times and was tied once — in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime. Buffalo’s Josh Allen was the best player in the game, throwing what seemed like a slam-dunk game-winning touchdown with 13 seconds left. Until he wasn’t.
Patrick Mahomes outdid, well, himself throwing the game-winner to Travis Kelce ending the first possession of overtime.
“This is definitely another step for him into the hall of fame,” Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill said of his quarterback.
“When things look grim,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid told Mahomes, “be the Grim Reaper.”
And they were grim. Kansas City trailed by three twice in the final 1:54 only to rally both times. Then, almost unfairly, a quarterback duel of the highest order came down to a coin flip. You know, the one that starts overtime. Kansas City won it and eight plays later won the game.
“The rules are what they are,” Allen said. “If it was the other way around we’d be celebrating.”
Allen threw for four touchdowns and solidified his rep as one of the best running quarterback in the NFL. Mahomes threw for three and solidified his rep as a minor god in this town. Both quarterbacks were their teams’ leading rushers. No wonder defense was optional. The…