Chiefs Vs Bills Will Be Patrick Mahomes’ 1st Away Playoff Game
Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes has numerous MVP awards and Super Bowl rings at just 28-years-old. However, there is still one thing he has not done in the NFL. When the Chiefs travel to Buffalo this weekend to take on the Bills, it will officially be Mahomes first road playoff game as the away team (minus the neutral-site Super Bowls).
It seems hard to believe. Mahomes has been in the league for seven seasons now. Although his first year, he did not play and served as a backup to learn as a rookie. He would then lead the Chiefs to the Super Bowl in three of the next six seasons, winning two of them. During this time, Mahomes is 12-3 in the playoffs. Those three losses include the Chiefs losing to the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers during Super Bowl LV.
How Is This Possible?
It’s actually quite simple. The Chiefs have simply always had the home field advantage due to being a higher-seeded playoff team than their opponent. In other words, Sunday’s game vs. the Bills will be the first time the Mahomes Chiefs era is a lower-ranked team than their opponent during his time in the AFC playoffs. Now, there is not a huge separation, but nonetheless, the Chiefs are the away team seeded #3. The Bills, who defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, are the #2 seed and, therefore, are the home team.
Mahomes has played in Buffalo once before. During the 2020 season, the Chiefs went into Buffalo and won 26-17. USA Today recently highlighted the Mahomes vs. Josh Allen rivalry. “Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen have met six times in their NFL careers: four regular-season games and two playoff games,” they state. The Chiefs won both of those playoff games. In fact, the 2020 postseason matchup was the AFC championship game.
Earlier this season, the Bills went into Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City and beat the Chiefs 20-17 in a thriller. The rematch is the last game of the weekend and certainly should be as entertaining.
Mahomes vs. road playoff game will kick off on Sunday at 6:30pm this Sunday (January 21). The winner moves on to the AFC Championship round.