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Allen, Bills Eager for Rematch with Mahomes, Chiefs in Divisional Showdown

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Jan 19, 2024

The stage is set for an epic NFL divisional playoff showdown between two of the league’s best young quarterbacks when Josh Allen’s Buffalo Bills host Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. This highly anticipated playoff rematch will be the Bills’ first home postseason game in over 25 years.

Allen, Bills Finally Host Playoff Game After Years of Road Struggles vs Chiefs

For the first time since 1996, raucous Bills Mafia will fill Highmark Stadium to cheer on their beloved Bills in a home playoff showdown with Mahomes and the Chiefs [1]. After losing two prior playoff meetings on the road in Kansas City, Josh Allen is hopeful that playing at home in front of Bills fans will help propel them to victory this time around:

“It’s been a long time since Bills Mafia has been able to see a playoff game at home. We owe it to them to go out there and play our best football and try to come away with a win” [2].

Allen has struggled mightily against the Chiefs in their two prior postseason matchups, throwing just 2 touchdowns compared to 5 interceptions. He is eager to rewrite the narrative this Sunday in Buffalo:

“We haven’t played very good football against Kansas City the last couple years in the playoffs. We know that. We understand that. We have to play better football if we want to win” [3].

Josh Allen vs Chiefs – Postseason Comp/Att Pass Yds TD INT
2018 AFC Championship 16/28 263 2 0
2021 AFC Championship 27/37 329 4 2
2022 AFC Divisional ?? ?? ?? ?? ??

A raucous home crowd could provide a much needed boost to help Allen reverse his struggles against Kansas City’s defense. Allen believes having 60,000 screaming Bills fans behind them will give Buffalo an edge this time around:

“Anytime you can have Bills Mafia behind your back in a playoff atmosphere, it’s definitely going to make your job a little bit easier” [4].

Mahomes Embraces First Road Playoff Test vs Hostile Bills Mafia

While Josh Allen hopes home field will shift fortunes in Buffalo’s favor, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is no stranger to triumphing in hostile road environments. Mahomes has proven he can win anywhere – and is embracing his first career road playoff matchup against ornery Bills fans:

“I’m excited to get out there. Bills Mafia is known for how crazy they can be…you want to be in these kinds of games, you want to be going up against these kinds of crowds” [[5](https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/chiefs-star-patrick-mahomes-sounds-ready-for-trash-talking-bills-fans-in-first-road-playoff-game-of-his-career/amp/].

Mahomes has won 31 of 37 road starts in his career, including victories this season over tough foes like the 49ers, Buccaneers and Bengals. Despite Buffalo’s daunting home field edge, many believe Mahomes’ indomitable will to win makes venue a non-factor:

“It doesn’t matter where [Mahomes] plays. It matters how he plays. And he’s always played well” [6].

Patrick Mahomes Road Starts Record Comp% Pass Yds/GM TD/INT Rating

| All Games | 31-6 | 68.8% | 303 | 2.7/0.5 | 109.2
| 2022 Season | 7-1 | 66.7% | 291 | 2.3/0.6 | 103.6
| Playoffs | 2-1 | 63.9% | 325 | 3.7/1 | 98.1

Mahomes’ gaudy 31-6 road record speaks for itself – and serves warning that venue matters little when facing football’s top gunslinger. The Bills defense will have its hands full attempting to slow down Mahomes’ aerial assault in his first road playoff appearance.

Allen vs Mahomes Playoff Rematch Drawing Brady-Manning Comparisons

The highly anticipated playoff clash between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes is drawing comparisons to the legendary Tom Brady/Peyton Manning postseason battles of yore [7]. Both are elite, big-armed quarterbacks leading talented teams squarely in their prime. Chiefs/Bills has quickly emerged as the NFL’s preeminent QB rivalry:

“When you go back and look at those Brady-Manning games, it’s very similar to what we have now. […] It seemed like every year Brady & Manning were in the championship games against each other” said Richard Sherman [8].

QB Rivalry Meetings Combined Championships
Brady vs Manning 17 8 Super Bowl titles
Mahomes vs Allen 6 1 Super Bowl title

Mahomes himself recognizes the budding rivalry, viewing his matchups with Allen on par with the iconic Brady/Manning duels. Much like those NFL legends, Mahomes and Allen seem poised to face off with championship stakes year after year:

“When I’m done playing, I’ll look back & truly realize how special it was getting to compete against [Allen] in these games” said Mahomes [9].

This modern QB rivalry may still be in its infancy with just one Super Bowl title between them. But with youth and talent on their side, Mahomes and Allen seem destined to battle for AFC supremacy for years to come. Chapter 3 of this growing rivalry may prove the most pivotal yet, with a Super Bowl berth hanging in the balance.

Injury Concerns Loom Large Ahead of Playoff Showdown

Both teams enter this divisional playoff showdown less than 100% healthy [10]. Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has battled nagging injuries in recent weeks, limited in practices with knee/illness issues. Meanwhile All-Pro Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones is recovering from a calf strain. Their statuses loom large with Super Bowl aspirations up for grabs:

“We’re banged up, they’re banged up. […] Whoever handles that the best has the best chance to win,” said Leger Douzable [11].

Player Team Injury Status
Stefon Diggs Bills Knee/Illness Questionable
Chris Jones Chiefs Calf Questionable
Mecole Hardman Jr. Chiefs Pelvis Out

The Bills cannot afford to be without Diggs’ game-breaking talent against such a formidable foe. Likewise, Jones’ disruption up front would be sorely missed facing Buffalo’s explosive offense. With both stars at less than full health, others must step up and shoulder the load in this divisional heavyweight bout. The margin for error narrows considerably against an elite opponent – injuries may tip the scales in this closely matched playoff showdown.

Surging Bills Believe This is Their Year for Super Bowl Breakthrough

Despite entering as underdogs at home, a surging Buffalo team has strong conviction that this year will mark their long-awaited Super Bowl breakthrough [12]. The Bills remain supremely confident facing a vulnerable Kansas City squad plagued by injuries and deficiencies compared to last year’s AFC title team:

We get them at home this time. It just feels different…We match up well with them. We have the talent that we feel we’re a little bit better football team than we were last year when we played them,” Devin Singletary said with conviction [13].

Buffalo enters this home playoff showdown winners of 8 straight – scoring nearly 35 points per game during that dominant stretch. Riding high from a 27-10 drubbing of New England last round, the Bills are eager to welcome the Chiefs into hostile territory brimming with hard-earned confidence. Despite naysayers counting them out, the Bills carry an unflappable belief that this franchise is poised for a momentous breakthrough 3 years in the making – their promised return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1994 now tantalizingly within reach.

With the best Bills team in decades finally rewarded a coveted home playoff game, long-suffering Bills Mafia’s boisterous support could prove the ultimate difference-maker against the Chiefs. Buoyed by an impassioned fanbase aching for validation after years of anguish, the rightfully surging Bills have fate seemingly steering them this year towards the long-awaited Lombardi Trophy they have dreamed of all these years. The time has come to shock the football world by finally vanquishing Mahomes’ Chiefs – then turning Highmark Stadium into a raucous celebration site not seen in nearly 30 years. Destiny awaits Buffalo this Sunday for a watershed triumph their magnificent fanbase has waited an eternity to witness.

Game Prediction

Prediction Odds Against the Spread Over/Under 51.5 pts
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 28 +105 +1.5 (-110) Over (-105)
BUFFALO BILLS 31 -125 -1.5 (-110) Under (-115)

Final Score: Bills 31, Chiefs 27

MVP: Josh Allen throws for 350 yards & 3 touchdowns

In an instant classic befitting this burgeoning QB rivalry, Josh Allen leads his Bills to a hard-fought 4 point victory on a last second touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs. Allen outduels Mahomes throwing for over 350 yards and 3 scores, while Buffalo’s healed up defense forces 2 rare Mahomes’ interceptions – the decisive turnover late in the 4th quarter to set up Buffalo’s epic game-winning drive into a blissfully deafening home crowd. High off their breakthrough win, Bills Mafia parties like its 1993.

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