Bills quarterback Josh Allen scrambled to the left on the mushy turf in Arrowhead Stadium, noticed the Chiefs defensive again go low for the deal with and made like an Olympian by leaping over him for a primary down.
Apropos as Buffalo lastly cleared considered one of its greatest hurdles in the AFC on Sunday evening.
Allen threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns whereas working for one more rating, Micah Hyde returned a uncommon choose by Patrick Mahomes 26 yards for a TD of his personal, and the Bills rolled to a 38-20 victory over Kansas Metropolis in a convention title sport rematch that was delayed greater than an hour by lightning.
“I feel that is going to be made an even bigger deal than it’s. We’re in Week 5,” Allen stated. “4 wins would not get you to the playoffs. We ended up with a win. That is our objective each week, to come back out and be resilient by way of lightning delays. I am pleased with how our group dealt with the scenario.”
Emmanuel Sanders had two TD catches for the Bills. Dawson Knox had 117 yards receiving and the opposite one.
“We will take pleasure in it on the aircraft again. You possibly can inform I am having fun with it on the market; I misplaced my voice screaming,” Sanders stated, “however on the identical time, it is not like we received the Tremendous Bowl. It is Week 5. We have now to get again to work.”
Mahomes completed with 272 yards passing and two touchdowns to go together with two interceptions and a misplaced fumble — three of his group’s 4 turnovers in all. Mahomes additionally wound up being the main rusher for the Chiefs (2-3) with 61 yards as they struggled to get going offensively towards a brutally tough Buffalo protection.
It did not assist that working again Clyde Edwards-Helaire left with a knee harm early in the second half. Travis Kelce additionally left in the closing minutes after taking a blow to the pinnacle on an incomplete move.
Nonetheless, the Chiefs had closed to 31-20 early in the fourth quarter when Rashad Fenton picked off Allen’s move on a third-down leap ball close to midfield. However Chiefs defensive finish Frank Clark was known as for roughing the passer, giving the Bills the ball and a recent set of downs, and so they marched downfield for the clinching landing.
“We all know we now have what it takes to be nice. We have now numerous nice gamers which have been actually good different locations,” Mahomes stated. “We all know we now have what it takes. It is a matter of coming collectively now and discovering a method to try this.”
The sport had been hotly anticipated since January, when the Chiefs romped previous Buffalo on their approach to the Tremendous Bowl, largely as a result of it promised to as soon as once more showcase two of the AFC’s finest offenses in prime time.
The issue for Kansas Metropolis? It additionally has one of many worst defenses.
That was clear lengthy earlier than L’Jarius Sneed blew protection on a 35-yard landing move to Emmanuel Sanders that gave Buffalo a 14-10 lead. Or Daniel Sorensen blew protection on a 61-yard move to Stefon Diggs that led to a discipline objective, or when the protection blew protection on tight finish Dawson Knox that resulted in a 53-yard landing reception.
Allen solely accomplished seven passes in the primary half. They went for 219 yards and two scores.
“They’re embarrassed by it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid stated of the defensive efficiency. “We have now to do higher.”
The Chiefs have been lucky to path solely 24-13 at halftime, when lightning lit up the sky and despatched followers scurrying for the concourses. The Bills had begun to heat up however have been pulled off the sector for what turned an hour-long wait.
Issues did not get a complete lot higher for Kansas Metropolis when the sport lastly resumed.
After the groups traded punts, Mahomes slung a bullet that bounced off Tyreek Hill’s arms and proper to Hyde, who had nothing however mushy inexperienced discipline in entrance of him. He returned it 26 yards for his first profession pick-six.
The Chiefs shortly drove into the Buffalo crimson zone on their subsequent possession, however Mahomes threw a move that Greg Rousseau batted on the line of scrimmage. The rookie defensive finish managed to corral it for one more interception.
“We knew we have been going to take some punches popping out,” Hyde stated. “We needed to climate the storm, actually. And we have been in a position to try this. We had some massive takeaways in the second half that put us over the sting.”