Bills head to Kansas City for first AFC title game since ’94

BUFFALO (15-3) at KANSAS CITY (15-2)

Sunday, 6:20 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Chiefs by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Bills 12-6; Chiefs 7-10

SERIES RECORD — Bills lead 26-22-1

LAST MEETING — Chiefs beat Bills 26-17 on Oct. 19, 2020 in Buffalo

LAST WEEK — Bills beat Ravens 17-3; Chiefs beat Browns 22-17

AP PRO32 RANKING — Bills No. 3, Chiefs No. 1

BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (20), PASS (3)

BILLS DEFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (17), PASS (13)

CHIEFS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (16), PASS (1)

CHIEFS DEFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (21), PASS (14)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — The Bills are making their first AFC championship game appearance since a 30-13 home win over Kansas City on Jan. 23, 1994. Buffalo followed it with its fourth straight Super Bowl loss. … The Bills are 2-1 against Kansas City in the playoffs with all three games occurring in Buffalo. … Buffalo is 4-2 in the conference title game. … The Bills won their first AFC East title in 25 years and matched a season record for wins set in 1990 and ’91. Their 27-24 win over Indianapolis in the wild-card round was their first playoff victory since beating Miami 37-22 on Dec. 30, 1995, and ended a six-game playoff skid. … Buffalo has won 11 of 12 since losing to the Chiefs. That includes eight straight, one off the team record set in 1964. … QB Josh Allen set Bills records with 4,544 yards passing, 37 TDs passing, 46 TDs combined (including one receiving) and 396 completions. He finished fourth in the NFL in completing 69.2% of his passes, marking a 10.4% jump from last year. … Allen is 2-1 in the postseason, and has yet to throw an interception in 118 attempts. … All-Pro WR Stefon Diggs became Buffalo’s first player to lead the NFL in yards receiving and catches. He had eight catches for 106 yards against the Ravens, joining Hall of Famer James Lofton in becoming the second Bills player to top 100 yards receiving in consecutive postseason games. … The Bills have won their past two playoff games with a time of possession of less than 26 minutes. … Buffalo managed a season-low 32 yards rushing against the Ravens, the team’s lowest total in a win since finishing with 31 in a 45-39 overtime victory at Minnesota on Sept. 15, 2002. … CB Taron Johnson’s 101-yard interception return for a touchdown against Baltimore matched the longest in NFL playoff history. It was the fifth touchdown return for the Bills in the past six games. … With two sacks against the Ravens, DE Jerry Hughes has five in three career playoff games with Buffalo. … The Bills allowed 273 points in their first 10 games. They have allowed 137 points since, including two playoff games. … Buffalo is playing on a Sunday for just the fourth time in nine weeks. The Bills are 10-1 on Sunday this season. … The Chiefs are the second team in NFL history to host three straight conference title games. The other was Philadelphia, coached by current Chiefs coach Andy Reid. … Reid is making his eighth conference championship game appearance as a head coach. He would extend his franchise record with his seventh playoff win in Kansas City and tie Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs (17) for the fourth-most playoff wins overall in NFL history. … Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was second in the NFL with 4,740 yards passing, third with a 108.2 rating and fourth with 38 TD passes. He became the third player in NFL history with at least 4,000 yards passing in three of his first four seasons. … Mahomes has 15 TDs (12 passing, three rushing) without an interception in five postseason starts at home. He had 255 yards passing with TDs rushing and throwing last week against Cleveland before leaving in the third quarter with a concussion. But he returned to practice this week. … Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire was fourth among all rookies with 1,100 yards from scrimmage this season. He has not played since Week 15 because of a high ankle sprain. … RB Darrel Williams ran for 78 yards against the Browns. He had a TD run against the Bills in Week 6. … Chiefs All-Pro WR Tyreek Hill was second among wide receivers with a career-best 17 TDs (15 catches, 2 runs). He had eight catches for 110 yards against Cleveland. … The Chiefs’ Travis Kelce set a record for TEs with 1,416 yards receiving this season. The unanimous All-Pro had eight catches for 109 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland, his fifth straight game with a TD catch. … Chiefs All-Pro FS Tyrann Mathieu had six interceptions in the regular season and another against the Browns. … Fantasy tip: The Chiefs’ defense held the Browns to just 17 points last week, continuing a trend of being quietly tough. They held Allen to a season-worst 122 yards passing and the Bills to season-lows of 206 yards and 17 points in Week 6. On the flip side, the Bills’ defense allowed the Chiefs to run for a season-best 245 yards.

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