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NFL fans couldn’t have asked for a better final for this year’s divisional round of the playoffs.
The Bills and Chiefs delivered a thrilling finish, with a final quarter shootout leading to the end of overtime. The Chiefs took a 42-36 lead to advance to their fourth straight AFC Championship game.
The Offenses, led by Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes, filled the box score with stunning stats. Sporting News breaks down some of the wildest numbers in the game.
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The statistics of Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes
The two were considered the AFC’s preeminent quarterbacks for several years, and they each solidified their case for the new top QB rivalry.
Allen completed 27 of 37 passes for 329 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, while Mahomes completed 33 of 44 passes for 378 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. And that’s just the tip of their impressive parties; each led their team in rushing, with Allen carrying the ball 11 times for 68 yards and Mahomes rushing for 69 yards and a score on seven carries.
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Several historical numbers came out of their duel. It was the only playoff game in NFL history where quarterbacks combined for 700 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns and no interceptions, according to Stathead.
Mahomes and Allen also posted 21st and 22nd playoff games with 300 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a completion percentage of at least 72%, according to Stathead. It was the second time each had done it in the playoffs. It was also the first time two quarterbacks had posted those stats in the same game. Allen’s performance in the wildcard round was the only previous time a quarterback had hit all of those passing milestones while rushing for at least 60 yards.
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The last two minutes
The two teams battled it out the entire game, but what happened in the final two minutes of regulation time sent the heartbeats of those watching.
- 1:54: Bills take a 29-26 lead
- 1:02: Chiefs take a 33-29 lead
- 0:13: Bills take a 36-33 lead
- 0:00: The Chiefs tie the game at 36
For those following at home, that’s 25 points in the last two minutes of play.
These are the most combined points between playoff teams in the Super Bowl era, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Most? 28 by the Vikings & Ravens in 2013.
— ESPN Stats and Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 24, 2022
The only game with a crazier finish came on Dec. 8, 2013, when the Ravens and Vikings combined for 28 points in the final two minutes. Baltimore won 29-26 on a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Marlon Brown.
Gabriel Davis’ Historic Night
If NFL fans didn’t know Gabriel Davis’ name during Sunday’s contest, they certainly do now.
Davis single-handedly destroyed the Chiefs’ secondary, catching all four of Allen’s touchdowns and racking up 201 receiving yards on just eight catches. And two of his touchdown receptions came when the Bills needed him the most.
Several aspects of the second-year wide receiver’s performance make this a historic event. He became the first player to catch four touchdown passes in a playoff game. He’s only the ninth receiver to rack up more than 200 receiving yards in a game, per Stathead. His two touchdowns in the fourth quarter tied him the most in a playoff game, according to Stathead.
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It was not a game for a defensive aficionado to watch. Neither attack could be slowed down, with Buffalo rushing for 422 total yards and Kansas City for 552.
The combined 974 yards ranked 15th in playoff history, according to Stathead, and was the most by two teams that didn’t return the ball.
The 683 combined passing yards are tied for 29th in a playoff game, per Stathead.
And according to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the second time two playoff teams have combined for five or more fourth down tries without a failed attempt.
Tonight, the Chiefs and Bills combined to go 5/5 on fourth down. This is only the second time in the Super Bowl era that two teams have combined for more than 5 fourth down conversions without a single turnover on downs in a playoff game.
— Elias Sports Office (@EliasSports) January 24, 2022
Josh Allen’s Luck at the Coin Toss
The NFL’s overtime rules come under fire again, as the Chiefs were able to win the game without the Bills having a chance to respond. But Allen has had success on coin tosses in the past.
ESPN’s Field Yates reported that Allen was a perfect 9-0 this season on in-game coin tosses. He guessed tails on Sunday, and the coin fell heads. The Chiefs made him pay for his 50-50 bet, going down the field for 75 yards in eight plays to score the game-winning touchdown.
A crazy stat that’s more relevant after extra time ends: Josh Allen entered today’s game 9-0 on draws this season.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 24, 2022
Lack of sanctions
For a game with as much firepower as this, it was really clean.
The Bills had just three penalties for 15 yards. The Chiefs were given a 10-yard penalty.
It was one of 33 playoff games in NFL history with 25 or less combined penalty yards, and the 78 combined points was the most of any matchup on the list, according to Stathead. It was also one of 55 playoff games to have four or fewer penalties combined, and was again the highest scoring of these competitions.
Bills vs Chiefs by the numbers: Breaking down the craziest stats from the thrilling division playoff game
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