The second-seed Buffalo Bills (15-3) face the reigning Super Bowl champions and top-seed Kansas City Chiefs (15-2) at 6:40 p.m. EST Sunday evening in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Bills advanced to their first AFC Championship game since the 1993 season with a dominant 17-3 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round, while the Chiefs survived a second-half comeback attempt by the Cleveland Browns and held on for a 22-17 win to advance into their third straight AFC title game.
Now, with a win over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, the Bills could advance to their first Super Bowl since the 1990s-era Bills went to four consecutive Super Bowls, the only team to ever accomplish that feat.
Mahomes, who left the win over the Browns after an injury to his head/neck and was in the NFL’s concussion protocol this week, said he was cleared from the protocol and will play this weekend.
Sunday’s AFC Championship will be a rematch from Week 6, when, on a rainy evening at Bills Stadium, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 161 yards as Kansas City’s ground game gashed the Bills for 245 yards en route to a 26-17 victory.
Mahomes completed 21 of 26 passes for 225 yards with two TDs, while Kansas City held Josh Allen to his worst game of the year as he threw for just 122 yards (with two TDs and one interception), completed 51.9 percent of his passes, and averaged 4.5 yards per attempt, all season lows.
Allen led the Bills in rushing yards (eight carries for 42 yards), while the Chiefs held All-Pro wide receiver Stefon Diggs in check with only six catches for 46 yards and a TD. Cole Beasley caught four passes for 45 yards and a TD, but no other Bills player had more than one catch as Buffalo was held to its second-lowest scoring output this year.
This will be the 50th meeting all-time between the Bills and Chiefs. The Bills lead the series 26-22-1, including splitting a pair of matchups in championship games.
Kansas City routed the Bills 31-7 in the 1966 AFL Championship and robbed the Bills of a chance to represent the AFL in the first Super Bowl.
In 1994, Buffalo ended Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana’s career, knocking him out of the AFC title game with a concussion as Buffalo thumped Kansas City 30-13. Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas rushed for three TDs and 186 yards as the Bills became the first (and so far only) team to advance to win four straight conference championships.
Kansas City is currently listed as a three-point favorite in this year’s AFC title game. The Bills will wear their white jerseys with blue pants and white helmet vs. the Chiefs. Here are all the ways to catch Saturday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Time: 6:40 p.m. EST
Channel: The game will be carried nationally on CBS.
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analyst), and Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn and Jay Feely (sideline reporters).
Location: Arrowhead Stadium | Kansas City, MO
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Steve Tasker with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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- Questionable: DT Vernon Butler (quad), WR Gabriel Davis (ankle).
- Will play: K Tyler Bass (hand), WR Cole Beasley (knee), WR Stefon Diggs (oblique), LB Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring), DT Quinton Jefferson (ankle), DE Darryl Johnson (knee).
Kansas City Chiefs
- Out: LB Willie Gay (ankle)
- Questionable: RB Le’Veon Bell (knee), CB Bashaud Breeland (concussion/ shoulder), RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/ hip), CB Rashad Fenton (foot), WR Sammy Watkins (calf).
- Will play: QB Patrick Mahomes (concussion/ toe).