The Buffalo Bills have had their share of dramatic playoff games, especially on the road. Buffalo should have won three of their most dramatic playoff losses, but you can say that they did not play their very best in the 1988 AFC Championship Game loss to the Cincinnati Bengals 21-10. The following year Jim Kelly and the Bills would lose to the Cleveland Browns 34-30 on a last-second touchdown attempt in the 1989 AFC Divisional Playoffs. Every Bills fan wants to forget about what happened in Nashville on January 8, 2000. If the illegal forward pass had actually been called, so much of the past 20 years could have been different. The most recent dramatic playoff game came in the 2019 AFC Wildcard Playoffs against the Texans. The Bills would let a 16-0 lead slip away to lose 22-19 in overtime.
Finally, we have the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2017 AFC Wildcard Game. The Bills lost 10-3, but a lack of quarterback play from former Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor cost the Bills their first playoff for the first time since 1995. The Jaguars also had a monstrous defense that was the main reason they were one win away from Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The last time the Bills won a road playoff game came in the 1992 season. In the AFC Divisional Round at Three Rivers Stadium. Buffalo would dominate the Steelers 24-3, and the Bills would advance to the AFC Championship Game. The Bills would head south to Miami for the conference championship against the Dolphins at Joe Robbie Stadium. Buffalo would dominate their AFC East rival 29-10 to head out to Pasadena to take on the Dallas Cowboys.
All of Buffalo’s most dramatic playoff losses have been on the road, and on Sunday, they have a chance to put an end to a 29-year road game playoff win drought. The Bills have become a much better team than they were when they beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead back in October. Kansas City has also put the pieces together, but they have always had weapons. Buffalo just found more weapons to open up their offense, which explains scoring on all seven positions last week against the Patriots. We have seen players like Devin Singletary and Isaiah McKenzie become more explosive, too.
If the Bills are to win on Sunday, they will have to win a shootout. I expect a lot of scoring due to Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Devin Singletary, Dawson Knox, and Isaiah McKenzie. I expect Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Demarcus Robinson, Josh Gordan, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire to put up a good showing over on the Kansas City side. I expect an offensive shootout and another Bills dramatic playoff game.
Prediction: Bills 41 Chiefs 34