The road to the Super Bowl still runs through Kansas City, but it took a herculean effort by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense to get past the Bills in Sunday’s AFC divisional round playoff game. The Chiefs’ 42-36 overtime win capped off a memorable weekend that saw all four games come down to the wire. The weekend’s first three games were decided on last-second field goals, while the Chiefs needed a 49-yard field goal by Harrison Butker at the end of regulation before winning it in overtime.
Anyone who watched the Bills-Chiefs game quickly realized that they were witnessing an instant classic unfold in real time. The frantic and furious action in the game’s final stages merits it a place on the all-time list of greatest playoff games in NFL history. Here’s where the game officially stands where compared with the NFL’s other all-time playoff games.
The criteria used when determining the list was as follows:
How competitive was the game from start to finish Big plays on both sides of the ballExcitement/entertainment value Unique factor; what made the game stand out from other great playoff games
The 12 greatest NFL playoff games
12. 1971 divisional round: Dolphins 27, Chiefs 24 (OT)
This game, played on Christmas Day, 1971, remains the longest game in NFL history at 82 minutes and 40 seconds. Miami won despite an all-time performance by Chiefs running back Ed Podolak, who amassed 350 total yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins won the game in the second overtime on Garo Yepremian’s 37-yard field goal that was set up by Larry Csonka’s 29-yard run through an exhausted Chiefs defense.
“I lost like 18 pounds that day,” Csonka said years later. “I lost so much weight that my pants were loose.”
11. 1974 divisional round: Raiders 28, Dolphins 26
Sports Illustrated billed it as Super Bowl VIII 1/2, and the game certainly didn’t disappoint. The game started with an…