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The Kansas Town Chiefs knew the NFL had their quantity all season. They didn’t blink.

The Chiefs used stellar training and a solid of ability to reply to just about each and every problem and engineer a moment consecutive Tremendous Bowl berth. 

Megastar quarterback Patrick Mahomes posted a impressive AFC championship efficiency only one week after getting into the NFL’s concussion protocol. He cleared protocol on Friday and returned to guide his workforce to a decisive 38-24 win over the Buffalo Expenses at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday night time.

The Chiefs will face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Tampa for Tremendous Bowl 55 on Feb. 7. The Bucs beat Inexperienced Bay in Lambeau Box 31-26 within the NFC championship sport and can change into the primary workforce in NFL historical past to play the Tremendous Bowl in its house stadium.

The Chiefs will intention to change into the primary workforce to protect their Tremendous Bowl name since Brady and the Patriots after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. And they’re going to have to overcome Brady, who reached his 10th Tremendous Bowl in 20 seasons, to take action.

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The AFC Championship, for a lot of the night time, wasn’t an in depth contest.

The similar Chiefs workforce that had received its earlier 8 video games by means of a mean of 4 issues fell right into a Nine-Zero hollow after second-year receiver Mecole Hardman muffed a punt midway during the first quarter. Buffalo recovered on the Three-yard line and promptly scored a landing the next play. However by means of halftime, the deficit — and Hardman’s blunder — have been mere reminiscences. The Chiefs scored 21 unanswered issues, Hardman pitching in to arrange Kansas Town’s first landing with a convincing 50-yard jet sweep.

Possibly a four-play, 75-yard landing force summed up the Chiefs’ day very best. Mahomes used to be sacked for no loss, then nailed Hill last in on a slant course simply as he won the primary down. Hill didn’t prevent there. He zigged and zagged, breaking tackles and outracing defenders at a most sensible pace of 20.76 miles consistent with hour, consistent with NextGen Stats.

By the point defenders finally controlled to tug him out of bounds, Hill had moved the chains 71 yards to the three. 3 snaps later, Kelce would muscle a shovel cross Mahomes up a crowded heart of the sphere for a 1-yard landing.

The Hill-Kelce duo crushed Buffalo defenders, Hill scurrying for 172 yards on 9 catches whilst Kelce had 118 yards and two touchdowns on a championship game-record 13 catches. The process – a low shovel, a top loft each and every to the top zone– mattered not up to the participant, Kelce reputedly unstoppable because the Chiefs posted their highest-scoring sport in 3 months. Every week after beating the Browns, Hill and Kelce was the primary teammates in postseason historical past to submit more than one 100-yard video games each and every, in step with CBS.

The Expenses, against this, couldn’t in finding rhythm. Megastar receiver Stefon Diggs struggled mightily till it used to be too past due. Allen’s arm used to be sturdy now and then, inconsistent at others. The strong Expenses quarterback took benefit of his scrambling acumen, commencing for 88 yards on seven performs. However the Expenses couldn’t maintain drives, changing simply five of 14 third-down conversions and settling for box objectives two times within the purple zone.

That would possibly paintings in opposition to some, however no longer in opposition to Mahomes, whose Chiefs entered the purple zone 5 instances and exited with 5 touchdowns.

Mahomes, who stated Friday he had no additional concussion signs nor did docs be expecting lingering problems, completed an effective 29-of-38 for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Practice USA TODAY Sports activities’ Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein


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