KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It rained and rained on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.
The Chiefs were detonated by the Buffalo Bills in a 38–20, AFC title game rematch at Arrowhead Stadium, which was delayed by 62 minutes in its second half due to bad weather.
Buffalo’s Josh Allen — and not Patrick Mahomes — was the best quarterback on the field. Allen burned down the worst-ranked defense in the league for 315 yards and three TD passes. Allen also ran for 59 yards and a score.
Mahomes, on the other hand, had one of his worst games as a pro, while matching against the NFL’s No. The second of his two interceptions—from a short pass that was deflected by the usually reliable Tyrek Hill hands—was returned 26 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter that extended Buffalo’s lead to 31-13. .
He also lost a fumble late in the fourth quarter, tossing a shotgun snap while the Chiefs were in strike range, dashing remaining hopes of a miraculous rally.
Mahomes’ 70.9 pass efficiency rating against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in February was not as low as his Super Bowl 55 points (52.3), but it was one of the patterns the two-time AFC champs defended.
Falling 2–3 in the season for the first time since 2015, the Chiefs are below .500 when a five-game skid left them at 1–5.
And the chiefs suffered another blow, the effect of which could be long Clyde Edwards-Heller is running back, a first-round pick in 2020, was ruled out of the game with a right knee injury. The specific injury and prognosis are unknown, but Edwards-Hellair was helped off the field by teammates in the third quarter and was kicked out almost immediately for the rest of the game.
It is too early to draw conclusions about how this season will end or whether the balance of power in the AFC has definitely shifted. But Kansas City sit alone in last place in the AFC West while Buffalo (4-1) made a statement in spectacular fashion by winning their fourth game in a row.
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