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AFC Championship Game Preview: Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs

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AFC Championship Game Preview: Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs

2021-01-24 14:17:31

 

-Posted by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Buffalo Bills star wide receiver Stefon Diggs. (Image Source: Bryan M. Bennett / Getty Images)

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME // SUNDAY, JAN. 24, 2021 // 6:40 PM ET

ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 24-21-1 STREAKS: Chiefs have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 10/19/20: Chiefs 26 at Bills 17 LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/26/17: Bills 16, Chiefs 10

PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 2-1 STREAKS: Bills have won past 2

LAST GAME: 1/23/94: Chiefs 13 at Bills 30 LAST GAME AT SITE: First meeting at site

BILLS TEAM NOTES

• BILLS advanced to 6th AFC Champ. game in franchise history. Aim for 1st SB appearance since 1993 season (lost SB XXVIII).

• SEAN MCDERMOTT makes 1st Champ. game appearance as HC.

• BUFFALO had 5 players named to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: QB JOSH ALLEN, WR STEFON DIGGS, LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS, KR/ PR ANDRE ROBERTS & CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE.

• BILLS OFFENSE ranked 2nd in NFL with 31.3 points per game & tied-2nd with 396.4 yards per game.

• BUFFALO DEFENSE ranked tied-3rd in NFL with 26 takeaways

Injury Report

    

QUESTIONABLE

DT Vernon Butler (quadricep), WR Gabriel Davis (ankle)

BILLS PLAYER NOTES

• QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 4,544 yards & 37 TDs in 2020, both franchise records. Passed for 206 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in AFC-D vs. Bal. Has 794 pass yards (264.7 per game) & 5 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush, 1 rec.) vs. 0 INTs for 90.1 rating in 3 career postseason starts. Had 24 TDs (20 pass, 3 rush, 1 rec.) vs. 4 INTs for 110.5 rating in 8 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 320+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating.

• RB DEVIN SINGLETARY recorded 956 scrimmage yards in 2020. Had 45 scrimmage yards (32 rush, 13 rec.) in Week 6 meeting.

• WR STEFON DIGGS led NFL with 127 catches & 1,535 rec. yards in 2020, both most in franchise history & 6th-most catches in single season in NFL history. Aims for his 4th in row in postseason with TD catch & 3rd in row in postseason with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 8th in row with 75+ rec. yards, incl. postseason. Had TD catch in Week 6 meeting. WR COLE BEASLEY set career highs in catches (82) & rec. yards (967) in 2020. Had TD catch in Week 6 meeting & has 3 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. KC. WR JOHN BROWN had 8 catches for 62 yards in AFC-D vs. Bal. Had rec. TD in only career game at KC (12/9/18 with Bal.). Rookie WR GABRIEL DAVIS tied-2nd among rookies with 7 rec. TDs in 2020.

• CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE led team with 11 PD & 3 INTs in 2020. Had 6 tackles, TFL & PD in AFC-D vs. Bal. Has PD in 3 of 4 career postseason games. Had INT in last road meeting. CB TARON JOHNSON had 101-yard INT-TD in AFC-D vs. Bal., tied for longest INT-TD in postseason history. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. CB LEVI WALLACE had 1st-career postseason sack in AFC-D vs. Bal.. LB MATT MILANO aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & PD. DE JERRY HUGHES led team with 2 sacks in AFC-D vs. Bal

CHIEFS TEAM NOTES

• CHIEFS are 2nd team in NFL history to host 3 consecutive Conf. Champs games (2002-04 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES).

• ANDY REID makes 8th Champ. game appearance as HC. Led KC to SB LIV championship in 2019.

• KANSAS CITY tied league-high with 7 players named to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: DE FRANK CLARK, T ERIC FISHER, WR TYREEK HILL, DT CHRIS JONES, TE TRAVIS KELCE, QB PATRICK MAHOMES & S TYRANN MATHIEU.

• CHIEFS led NFL in total offense in 2020 (415.8 yards per game).

Injury Report

    

OUT

LB Willie Gay (ankle)

 

    

QUESTIONABLE

RB Le'Veon Bell (knee), CB Bashaud Breeland (concussion, shoulder), RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle, hip), CB Rashad Fenton (foot), WR Sammy Watkins (calf)

CHIEFS PLAYER NOTES

• QB PATRICK MAHOMES ranked 2nd in NFL with 4,740 pass yards, ranked 3rd with 108.2 rating & ranked 4th with 38 TD passes in 2020, becoming 3rd player in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards in 3 of 1st 4 seasons. Completed 21 of 30 passes (70 pct.) for 255 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 106.9 rating & rushed for TD in AFC-D vs. Cle. Has 15 TDs (12 pass, 3 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 113.6 rating in 5 career postseason starts at home. Passed for 225 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.4 rating in Week 6 meeting.

• RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE ranked 4th among rookies with 1,100 scrimmage yards & 803 rush yards in 2020. Rushed for career-high 161 yards in Week 6 meeting. RB DARREL WILLIAMS led team with 78 rush yards last week. Had rush TD in Week 6 meeting. RB LE’VEON BELL has 521 scrimmage yards (104.2 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career postseason games.

• WR TYREEK HILL ranked 2nd among WRs with career-high 17 TDs (15 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. Had 8 catches for team-high 110 yards in AFC-D vs. Bal. Aims for his 4th in row in postseason with 5+ catches & 3rd in row in postseason with 100+ rec. yards. TE TRAVIS KELCE ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,416 rec. yards in 2020, most by TE in single season in NFL history. Had 8 catches for 109 yards & TD in AFC-D vs. Cle. Aims for his 3rd in row in postseason with TD catch. Aims for his 6th in row with rec. TD, incl. postseason. Had 2 TD catches in Week 6 meeting.

• S TYRANN MATHIEU led team with career-high 6 INTs in 2020. Had 1st-career postseason INT in AFC-D vs. Cle. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 in postseason. DT CHRIS JONES led team with 7.5 sacks in 2020. Has 7 PD in his past 6 in postseason. DE FRANK CLARK aims for his 6th in row in postseason with TFL. Has sack in 5 of his past 6 in postseason. 

 
 

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