The Buffalo Bills' season came to an end on Sunday with a 27-24 win for the Kansas City Chiefs. This allowed them to get to their sixth straight AFC Championship game which will be against the Baltimore Ravens.
For Patrick Mahomes, is now 3-0 against Josh Allen in the playoffs and now has a playoff win in Buffalo on his resume of ways the Bills have lost to him.
For the Chiefs, a big key was how they played on the line of scrimmage when they had the ball against a Buffalo defense that had been stout the past couple of weeks. The blocking up front and the run support they gave the Kansas City offense was a major part of their win.
Buffalo's defense which was top ten in the NFL had not seen Isiah Pacheco against them in their 20-17 regular season win in Arrowhead Stadium. He was able to get help from the Chiefs' offensive line to put on a great performance. On 15 carries, he had 97 yards and a touchdown. Clyde Edwards-Helaire got in on the action with 31 rushing yards and even Mahomes got elusive thanks to the play at the line for 6 carries of his own.
The Chiefs were also stout in pass protection for their star quarterback as well. It turned the Bills' defensive line into a different-looking team as they were tops of the league in sacking the quarterback. They were unable to get Mahomes to the ground at all and got only two tackles in the backfield.
This gave the Chiefs' quarterback time to put up a season-defining game. He finished with 215 yards on 17/23 (74%) through the air and he had two touchdowns to boot with it. He was also turnover-free against a defense that is top five in the NFL in forcing turnovers.
The time Mahomes got to make plays and the run games' success was all in thanks to Buffalo getting defeated at the line of scrimmage.