6:50 p.m. – Bills Draw First Blood
Buffalo’s belief in moving forward on fourth down pays off, as their first drive results in a touchdown. Josh Allen and Co. covered 71 yards on the field in a 13-game drive that lasted almost seven minutes. It’s their fourth straight game they’ve opened with a TD on their first drive. The Bills haven’t punted in three of their last four games and facing a 4-and-2 of 50, they converted thanks to a quarterback run engineered with Allen. They converted a second fourth down on a Devin Singletary touchdown from the Kansas City yard line.
Singletary has now scored in six consecutive games and was +775 on SI Sportsbook for the game’s first touchdown.
6:35 p.m. — Better yet to come?
Now that NFL fans have caught their collective breath after a thrilling finish between the Rams and Buccaneers, we now get what is supposed to be the best game of the weekend. The NFC Championship is set with the Rams hosting the 49ers. Who will meet the Bengals in the AFC Championship? We will find out in four quarters.
5:29 p.m. – The divisional round ends
Possibly the most anticipated game of the NFL Divisional Playoffs, the Chiefs and Bills will go down on an exciting playoff weekend. The game kicks off Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. ET from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
With a win, the Chiefs will return to the AFC Championship for the fourth consecutive season, something Buffalo fans are all too familiar with. The Bills accomplished that feat in the early 1990s when quarterback Jim Kelly and company won four straight AFC titles but couldn’t win a Super Bowl.
A victory for the Bills in Kansas City would put them back in the conference championship, where the Chiefs beat them last year before finally falling to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
Although the winner of tonight’s game is still unknown, one thing we know for sure is that whoever wins will host the Bengals. Cincinnati earned a trip to the AFC title game after pulling off an upset road against the AFC’s top-ranked Titans.
While the Chiefs-Bills rivalry is still somewhat new, it has the best potential to become the league’s closest thing to a Peyton Manning-Tom Brady-esque career battle. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs beat the Bills in last year’s AFC Championship 38-24, but Josh Allen and his Buffalo brothers tied the game this regular season with a 38-20 victory. Mahomes, 26, already has a Super Bowl ring, helped lead his team to back-to-back Super Bowls and won league MVP. Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Allen helped turn the Bills franchise into a permanent playoff threat and Super Bowl contender.
Kansas City will be without its first rusher after the team ruled Darrel Williams inactive. The good news for the Chiefs backfield is that Clyde Edwards-Helaire is active and last week’s best player, Jerick McKinnon, is also in the game. Wide receiver Josh Gordon was also declared inactive.
The Bills have declared a few of their point guards inactive, including running back Matt Breida. Devin Singletary has run away (no pun intended) with Buffalo running back duties, scoring seven touchdowns over the last five games.
With a total of 54.5 games, SI Sportsbook expects this game to be the highest scoring playoff in the division; no other game had a higher pregame total of 48. The Bills are slight underdogs on the road, as the Chiefs scout Buffalo 1.5 points.
Follow throughout the game for more real-time updates for what should be an epic battle between two of the NFL’s top teams.
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