NFL fans could not have asked for a better finale to the divisional round of this year’s playoffs.
The Bills and Chiefs delivered a thrilling finish, with a final-quarter shootout leading to an overtime ending. The Chiefs came out ahead 42-36 to advance to their fourth straight AFC championship game.
The offenses, led by Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes, filled up the box score with mind-boggling stats. Sporting News breaks down some of the wildest numbers from the game.
Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes’ stats
The two have been viewed for several years as the preeminent quarterbacks in the AFC, and they each solidified their case for the new best QB rivalry.
Allen completed 27 of 37 passes for 329 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, while Mahomes completed 33 of 44 passes for 378 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. And that is just the tip of their impressive evenings; each led their team in rushing, with Allen carrying the ball 11 times for 68 yards and Mahomes rushing for 69 yards and a score on seven carries.
Several historic numbers came out their duel. This was the only playoff game in NFL history where the quarterbacks combined for 700 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns and no interceptions, according to Stathead.
Mahomes and Allen also posted the 21st and 22nd playoff games of 300 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a completion percentage of at least 72 percent, according to Stathead. It was the second time each has done it this postseason. It also was the first time two quarterbacks have posted those stat lines in the same game. Allen’s performance in the wild-card round was the only previous time a quarterback had reached all those passing milestones while also rushing for at least 60 yards.
The final two minutes
The two teams had been duking it out all game, but what happened in the final two minutes of regulation amped up the heart rates of those watching.
- 1:54: Bills take a 29-26 lead
- 1:02: Chiefs take a 33-29 lead
- 0:13: Bills take a 36-33 lead
- 0:00: Chiefs tie the game at 36
For those keeping track at home, that’s 25 points in the final two minutes of play.
That is the most combined points between playoff teams in the Super Bowl era, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The most? 28 by the Vikings & Ravens in 2013.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 24, 2022
The only game with a crazier finish came on Dec. 8, 2013, when the Ravens and Vikings combined for 28 points in the final two minutes. Baltimore won 29-26 on a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Marlon Brown.
Gabriel Davis’ historic night
If NFL fans didn’t know the name Gabriel Davis coming into Sunday’s contest, they certainly do now.
Davis single-handedly wrecked the Chiefs’ secondary, catching all four of Allen’s touchdowns and racking up 201 receiving yards on just eight catches. And two of his touchdown receptions came when the Bills needed him the most.
Several aspects of the second-year wide receiver’s performance make it historic. He became the first player to catch four touchdown passes in a playoff game. He is only the ninth receiver to rack up 200-plus receiving yards in a game, per Stathead. His two fourth-quarter go-ahead touchdowns tied him for the most in a playoff game, per Stathead.
This wasn’t a game for a defensive aficionado to watch. Neither offense could be slowed down, with Buffalo racking up 422 total yards of offense and Kansas City tallying 552.
The 683 combined passing yards are tied for the 29th-most in a playoff game, per Stathead.
And according to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the second time two playoff teams had combined for five or more fourth-down tries without a failed attempt.
Tonight, the Chiefs and Bills combined to go 5/5 on fourth down. This is only the second time in the Super Bowl Era that two teams combined for 5+ fourth down conversions without a single turnover on downs in a playoff game.
— Elias Sports Bureau (@EliasSports) January 24, 2022
Josh Allen’s coin flip luck
The NFL overtime rules are once again under fire, as the Chiefs were able to win the game without the Bills getting a chance to respond. But Allen had success on coin flips in the past.
ESPN’s Field Yates reported that Allen was a perfect 9-0 this season on coin flips coming into the game. He guessed tails Sunday, and the coin came up heads. The Chiefs made him pay for his 50-50 gamble, marching down the field 75 yards in eight plays to score the game-winning touchdown.
A crazy stat that is more relevant after the overtime finish: Josh Allen came into today’s game 9-0 on coin tosses this season.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 24, 2022
Lack of penalties
For a game with as much firepower as this one, it sure was clean.
The Bills had just three penalties for 15 yards. The Chiefs had one penalty for 10 yards.
It was one of only 33 playoff games in NFL history with 25 or fewer combined penalty yards, and the 78 combined points were the most of any matchup on the list, according to Stathead. It was also one of only 55 playoff games that had four or fewer combined penalties, and was again the highest-scoring of those contests.