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Patrick Mahomes has developed a well-earned reputation for keeping it cool for the Kansas City Chiefs. But the way this one ended, with the Chiefs’ clever Travis Kelce backward pass for a touchdown to Kadarius Toney?

No. Not even Mahomes could keep his cool after the Buffalo Bills turned a loss into an important 20-17 win on Sunday at K.C.

How did it all unfold, with Buffalo jumping to 7-6 with the upset win? Follow along!

The playoffs have come early for the Buffalo Bills with five games left to play in the regular season. And if Buffalo is going to make the playoffs for the fifth straight year, it’ll have to begin its run at a familiar place. 

The Bills go out of the bye week and straight into the fire as they face the Kansas City Chiefs at 4:25 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium. In the last two regular season games at Arrowhead, the Bills have beaten Kansas City 38-20 in 2022 and 24-20 last season. The Chiefs (8-4) have won the two playoff games in their building 38-24 in 2021 and 42-36 in 2022. 

The week has been anything but normal for Buffalo heading into a must-win game. Rather than another chapter in the Josh Allen vs. Patrick Mahomes rivalry grabbing the headlines, Bills head coach Sean McDermott has had to defend his character after his comments about 9/11 were unveiled in a Tyler Dunne article on GoLongTD.com on Thursday. 

With the distractions and pressure heading the matchup between perennial AFC contenders, can McDermott block out the noise and coach the Bills to a win in their biggest game of the season? A win over a conference rival would start a tough five-game stretch on the right foot, but a loss would diminish Buffalo’s already slim playoff chances and cause even more chaos for a team that’s lived in it for much of the season. 

The Chiefs will be down four starters on Sunday with running back Isiah Pacheco (shoulder), left tackle Donovan Smith (neck), defensive back Bryan Cook (ankle) and linebacker Drue Tranquill (concussion) being ruled out on Friday. 

Buffalo tight end Dawson Knox is active for the first time in five games after having his 21-day practice window opened earlier this week. Knox suffered a wrist injury that required surgery, which landed him on the Injured Reserve. 

WHAT: Buffalo Bills (6-6, 1-4 Road) at Kansas City Chiefs (8-4, 4-2)

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, 4:25 p.m. ET

WHERE: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO (73,426)

Stay here for live updates and highlights throughout the game.

1ST QUARTER:

The Chiefs get the ball to start the game after Richie James calls for a fair catch on the opening kickoff. 

Kansas City gets back-to-back first downs on a seven-yard pass from Mahomes to Travis Kelce on second down followed by a five-yard run by Clyde Edwards-Helaire on second and one. 

After a 19-yard run by Kadarius Toney and a five-yard run by Edwards-Helaire, Mahomes is intercepted by A.J. Epenesa at the Bills’ 47-yard line.

End of possession

A screen to James Cook gains 13 yards to the Chiefs’ 41-yard line. 

After a one-yard run by Cook, back-to-back incomplete passes bring the drive to a halt. 

Sam Martin’s punt is run back six yards by James to the Chiefs’ 13-yard line with 9:50 left in the first quarter. 

End of possession

A nine-yard pass followed by a six-yard run from Edwards-Helaire gives the Chiefs a first down. 

Jerick McKinnon runs for three yards and then Mahomes throws an incompletion. On third and seven, Mahomes is sacked by Ed Oliver for an eight-yard loss. 

Deonte Harty returns a short punt seven yards to the Bills’ 47-yard line.

End of possession

Allen runs for four yards and then he completes an 11-yard pass to Dawson Knox for 11 yards. 

Allen runs for eight yards and then connects with Stefon Diggs for three yards for another first down at the Chiefs’ 27-yard line. 

Cook runs for two yards and then Allen finds him for a 25-yard touchdown.

Tyler Bass’ extra point is good with 3:43 left in the first quarter.

Bills 7, Chiefs 0

End of possession

After a three-yard run by Edwards-Helaire, an incomplete pass followed by a false start led to Mahomes and McKinnon connecting for only five yards on third and 12. 

Harty calls for a fair catch at the Bills’ 27-yard line with 2:19 left in the first quarter. 

End of possession

Cook runs for 11 yards on second and 10 for a first down. 

Ty Johnson runs for five yards and then gains six on second down to move the chains again. 

Allen throws it away, and before second down, the Chiefs call a timeout with six seconds left in the first quarter. Allen finds Cook who is wide open along the sideline for a 27-yard gain to the Chiefs’ 23-yard line on the final play of the opening quarter. 

End of the quarter

2ND QUARTER: 

After a three-yard pass to Diggs and an incomplete pass, Allen runs for six yards on third and seven. On fourth and one, Allen finds Dalton Kincaid for a four-yard gain to keep the drive alive and make it first and goal.

On second and goal from the six, Allen keeps it and runs it in for a touchdown. 

Bass’ extra point is good with 11:50 left in the first half.

Bills 14, Chiefs 0

End of possession

Kansas City begins the drive at its 25-yard line after James calls for a fair catch. 

Edwards-Helaire was stopped for no gain, but holding on Bills defensive tackle Linval Joseph gives the Chiefs a first down. 

Edwards-Helaire runs for two yards, then offensive pass interference on Kelce makes it second and 18. After a dropped pass, Mahomes scrambles and finds Kelce for 23 yards and a first down. 

Mahomes and Justin Watson connect for a 19-yard gain to the Bills’ 36-yard line. 

Edwards-Helaire loses two yards and then Mahomes’ pass on second down is dropped by Toney. On third and 12, Mahomes’ pass is incomplete.

The punt is downed at the Bills’ seven-yard line with 8:26 left in the second quarter and players from both teams get into it after the play. 

End of possession

A one-yard run by Johnson and an eight-yard pass from Allen to Kincaid make it third and one. Murray runs for four yards for a first down.

Allen’s pass to Cook gains eight yards and then he finds Trent Sherfield for nine yards to move the chains again. Chiefs safety Justin Reid is down on the field. 

Allen is sacked by George Karilaftis and Chris Jones for a five-yard loss. Buffalo calls its first timeout of the game with 4:32 left in the first half. Allen’s pass to Cook gains 11 yards. On third and four, Allen rolls right and then he throws an interception to Chamarri Conner at the Chiefs’ 48-yard line. 

End of possession

A five-yard pass to Rashee Rice followed by a nine-yard pass to Toney gave Kansas City a first down. 

Mahomes finds Kelce for a 12-yard gain to move the chains again at the Bills’ 26-yard line. 

McKinnon runs for seven yards, but holding negates the play and moves the Chiefs back 10 yards. The game has reached the two-minute warning. A false start by Jawaan Taylor moves Kansas City back five more yards. 

On first and 25, Mahomes finds Rice for a 17-yard gain. Buffalo calls its second timeout with 1:52 left in the first half. Mahomes’ pass to Toney gains six yards. The Bills call their final timeout with 1:42 left in the second quarter. On third and two from Buffalo’s 18-yard line, Mahomes’ pass to James gains four yards and he gets out of bounds.

Mahomes’ pass on first down is incomplete, then he finds McKinnon on second down for six yards before he goes out of bounds. Micah Hyde is down on the field and being helped by trainers. On third and four, McKinnon runs it into the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown. 

Harrison Butker’s extra point is good with 1:19 left in the first half. 

Bills 14, Chiefs 7

End of possession

Butker’s kick goes through the end zone for a touchback. 

Allen’s pass to Kincaid gains four yards and then he throws an incomplete pass on second down. On third and six, Allen finds Knox for 13 yards to extend the drive.

Allen’s pass to Diggs gains 10 yards for another first down. The officials are now reviewing if Diggs gained enough for a first down with 26 seconds left in the first half.  After review, he was a yard short. Allen goes deep for Gabe Davis but the pass is incomplete. On third and one, Allen runs for four yards. 

Allen spikes it at the Chiefs’ 44-yard line with five seconds left in the first half. Allen just throws it into the ground on second down. Allen heaves it into the end zone on a hail mary but the pass is batted down on the final play of the first half. 

HALFTIME: Bills 14, Chiefs 7

3RD QUARTER:

Buffalo begins the drive at its 25-yard line after the touchback. 

The Bills open the drive with back-to-back first downs on an 11-yard pass to Knox and an 11-yard run by Cook. 

After running for three yards, Cook breaks a big run for 15 yards to the Chiefs’ 34-yard line. 

Cook runs for six more yards, and then a screen to Khalil Shakir gains 12 yards. 

Holding negates a first down run by Johnson. Allen’s pass to Diggs gains nine yards and then a screen to Johnson loses a yard. Jones jumps offsides to make it third and seven. Allen has to scramble but he’s stopped for no gain. 

Bass’ 31-yard field goal is good with 8:38 left in the third quarter.

Bills 17, Chiefs 7

End of possession

Kansas City begins the drive at its 25-yard line. 

Mahomes’ pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling gains 15 yards and then he finds Kelce for a 12-yard gain to the Bills’ 48-yard line. 

Edwards-Helaire runs for seven yards and McKinnon gains two. On third and one, McKinnon runs for seven yards to move the chains.

Mahomes’ pass to Kelce gains 22 yards to the Bills’ 11-yard line. 

Edwards-Helaire runs for a yard and then Mahomes’ pass to Rice gains five yards. On third and four, Mahomes finds Rice in the back of the end zone for a four-yard touchdown. 

Butker’s extra point is good with 3:30 left in the third quarter. 

Bills 17, Chiefs 14

End of possession

Johnson returns the kickoff to the Bills’ 26-yard line. 

Allen’s pass to Johnson gains two yards and then Cook runs for five yards. On third and three, Allen’s pass intended for Diggs is incomplete.

James returns the punt 18 yards to the Chiefs’ 26-yard line with 1:47 left in the third quarter. 

End of possession

Back-to-back incomplete passes make it third and 10. Kansas City is challenging if Kelce made the catch on second down. After review, the call is overturned to a catch, making it third and one. Mahomes’ pass to McKinnon gains eight yards to move the chains.

After an incomplete pass, Mahomes’ pass is completed to Rice on second down and then he’s stripped by Christian Benford and the fumble is recovered by Taron Johnson with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

End of possession

Allen throws back-to-back incomplete passes. On third and 10, Allen is sacked on the final play of the third quarter. 

End of the quarter

4TH QUARTER:

James returns the punt 27 yards to the Chiefs’ 43-yard line. 

End of possession

Mahomes’ pass to Rice gains 15 yards to the Bills’ 44-yard line. 

Edwards-Helaire runs four yards and then Mahomes scrambles for eight yards and a first down before going out of bounds. 

Mahomes dumps it off to Edwards-Helaire and he hurdles a defender on his way to a 20-yard gain to Buffalo’s 12-yard line.

Toney runs for two yards and then Mahomes’ pass on second down is incomplete. Mahomes fumbles and it’s recovered by Johnson. It’s changed to an incomplete pass and it’s fourth and eight.

Butker’s 28-yard field goal is good with 11:31 left in the game. 

Bills 17, Chiefs 17

End of possession

Buffalo begins the drive at its 25-yard line after the touchback. 

Allen only runs for a yard on first down and then he throws an incomplete pass on second down. On third and nine, Allen rolls left and is nearly out of bounds and he throws it to Murray. He has enough for a first down, and then he fumbles and after a frantic scramble, Buffalo recovers. Kansas City is challenging if Murray made the catch. After review, the call stands and Buffalo has a first down at the Bills’ 47-yard line. 

Allen’s pass to Kincaid gains three yards. Allen finds Kincaid for a first down, but holding on Dion Dawkins negates it. Allen has to avoid pressure from Karilaftis and throws it away. On third and 17, Allen has to buy time and finds Murray for a 12-yard gain, but holding negates that play as well. On third and 27, Allen is sacked by Charles Omenihu. 

The punt went out of bounds at the Chiefs’ 31-yard line with 7:53 left in the game. 

End of possession

Edwards-Helaire runs for three yards and Mahomes’ pass on second down is incomplete. On third and seven, Mahomes’ pass is also incomplete. 

Harty returns the punt seven yards to the Bills’ 30-yard line. 

End of possession

Cook runs for two yards on first down then gains three more on second down. On third and five, Allen finds Harty for a 35-yard gain to the Chiefs’ 40-yard line. 

Johnson runs for seven yards and Murray gains one. On third and two, Allen keeps it and runs for five yards. 

Johnson is stopped for no gain and then Allen’s pass intended for Kincaid is incomplete on second down. On third and 10, Allen is sacked by Karilaftis, but illegal contact gives the Bills a first down. 

Back-to-back passes from Allen intended for Diggs are incomplete. A Chiefs defensive back is down with 2:06 left in the game. On third and 10, Allen avoids pressure and his pass to Kincaid only gains two yards on the final play before the two-minute warning. 

Bass’ 39-yard field goal is good with 1:54 left in the game. 

Bills 20, Chiefs 17

End of possession

James calls for a fair catch and the Chiefs begin the drive at their 25-yard line.

Mahomes’ pass to Valdes-Scantling gains seven yards before he goes out of bounds. The play is under review to see if he made the catch. After review, the call stands. Mahoms’ pass to Rice gains 19 yards to the Bills’ 49-yard line. 

Mahomes’ pass intended for Rice is incomplete. 

But then … Mahomes finds Kelce, who is wide open, and then Kelce – after drawing tacklers toward him –  throws it backward to Toney, and Toney runs it into the end zone.

Game over? Chiefs win? Nope.

The play is negated by Toney being lined up in the neutral zone, making it 2nd and 15 at the Chiefs’ 46-yard line. Mahomes is under pressure and he throws it away. Mahomes’ pass is batted down by Oliver on third down. Before fourth and 15, Kansas City calls its second timeout and then Buffalo calls its first timeout. 

On fourth and 15, Mahomes’ pass is incomplete. … at which point the usually cool QB comes unglued.

End of possession

Allen takes two knees and that’s the ballgame. 

FINAL: Bills 20, Chiefs 17

Source: https://www.si.com/nfl/bills/news/bleeping-terrible-patrick-mahomes-loses-it-on-referees-for-kelce-kadarius-call-in-buffalo-bills-win-at-chiefs-live-updates

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