The Bills were thoroughly outplayed by the Chiefs in their Week 6 matchup, and there are a few key reasons why. Here’s a look at how Buffalo lost to Kansas City.
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How the game started
It all started with an interception by Chiefs’ cornerback Kendall Fuller. The ball was tipped by linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon and Fuller made the catch at the Bills’ 19-yard line. That set up the Chiefs in good field position. The very next play, Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce.
The first quarter
The game started off with a Buffalo turnover, as quarterback Josh Allen threw an interception on the Bills’ first drive. The Chiefs then took advantage of the short field and scored a touchdown on their first drive, with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes finding tight end Travis Kelce for a 19-yard score.
The Bills then went three-and-out on their next drive, and the Chiefs scored again, this time on a one-yard touchdown run by running back Damien Williams. The Bills then responded with a touchdown of their own, as Allen found running back Devin Singletary for a six-yard score.
However, the Chiefs then scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter, with Mahomes finding Kelce again for a touchdown, and Williams scoring his second touchdown of the game, this time from eight yards out. The Bills then closed out the half with another touchdown, as Allen found wide receiver Cole Beasley for an eight-yard score.
The second quarter
The second quarter started with the Bills down 10-7. After a Chiefs punt, the Bills took over on their own 12-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Frank Reich threw a pass to Andre Reed that was deflected by Chiefs linebacker Percy Snow and intercepted by safetyhands off to Thurman Thomas, who ran it in for a touchdown. The Chiefs then went on to score 27 unanswered points, en route to a 37-14 victory.
The third quarter
The third quarter started out much like the second, with the Bills carrying a 14-3 lead into halftime. The Chiefs were able to put together a few drives, but they all stalled in the red zone. Meanwhile, the Bills were able to extend their lead to 21-3 with a touchdown late in the third quarter.
It wasn’t until early in the fourth quarter that the Chiefs finally got on the board, courtesy of a field goal from Harrison Butker. But that’s when things started to unravel for Buffalo.
Just moments after Butker’s field goal, Josh Allen threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu. Then, on the Bills’ next drive, Allen fumbled the ball while being sacked by Frank Clark, and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi scooped it up and ran it back for another touchdown.
In the span of just a few minutes, the Chiefs had gone from trailing by 18 points to leading by four. And they would never relinquish that lead, ultimately winning 22-17.
How the game ended
In a heart-breaking loss, the Buffalo Bills were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs. The game was tied until the very last second, when the Chiefs scored a touchdown.
The fourth quarter
The game was ultimately decided in the fourth quarter, when the Chiefs outscored the Bills 21-7. Kansas City’s offense was simply too much for Buffalo’s defense to handle, as the Chiefs racked up nearly 500 yards of total offense. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was especially effective, completing 28 of 38 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns.
In overtime, each team gets one possession. If the score is tied at the end of the overtime, the game ends in a tie. In the playoffs, if a team scores a touchdown on its first possession, it wins. If it kicks a field goal, the other team gets a chance to score. If the score is still tied after both teams have had a chance to score, or if both teams score field goals on their first possessions, the game goes into sudden death. In sudden death, the first team to score wins.