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Buffalo Rumblinks, 12/11: Bills knock off Chiefs!

Recapping a win the Bills needed to have as the defense held on to a late lead

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Following a turbulent week at One Bills Drive, the Buffalo Bills desperately needed a win Sunday afternoon on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs, and thanks to another late-game drive from quarterback Josh Allen (and, finally, a clutch stop late by the defense), the Bills kept their playoff hopes alive with a 20-17 win over the Chiefs.

Today’s edition of Buffalo Rumblinks offers up observations and analysis from Buffalo’s road triumph vs. the Chiefs.

Recapping Buffalo’s 20-17 win over Kansas City

The biggest play of the game occurred when referee Carl Cheffers (correctly) flagged Kadarius Toney for offensive offside, nullifying what would have been a go-ahead touchdown after Travis Kelce caught a pass from Patrick Mahomes, then lateraled the ball to Toney, who raced in for the touchdown. Thankfully for Bills fans, the play didn’t count, and Buffalo’s pass rush made life miserable on the final two Mahomes pass attempts.

Recapping the win by Buffalo here, including dissecting the other key plays and offer up other recaps as the Bills got back into the playoff race in a crowded AFC field.

Observations and analysis from Bills’ win at Arrowhead

Watching head coach Sean McDermott and his players after the final seconds had ticked off the clock, you could tell this was a special win, and not just because it kept Buffalo’s playoff hopes alive. Following a tough, trying week, and read how the Bills rallied around their embattled head coach, how the defense was (finally) able to come up with enough late stops to close out a win, praise the pass rush for applying pressure on Mahomes when it mattered most. Plus, crediting running back James Cook for a productive day as a receiver and as a runner, analyzing the impact that defensive tackle Ed Oliver and defensive end Leonard Floyd had, and more!

Report cards and positional grades

Catch up on report cards to see what players are trending up and whose stock is on the decline following Buffalo’s clutch road win over the Chiefs.

Even more Bills news

Take a look at where the Bills find themselves in the crowded AFC playoff picture following their win in Kansas City and learn how the victory had a nice, added benefit: moving Sean McDermott into second place on Buffalo’s all-time coaching wins list with 69.

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