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Bills GM admits to taking playoff loss incredibly hard

Brandon Beane before a game

What is it like to be the architect of a team that loses a gut-wrenching playoff game? Let Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane tell you.

Beane spoke to the media Wednesday in the wake of Sunday’s devastating loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and he clearly wasn’t taking the defeat well. The GM said he had yet to watch the film of the game, and was losing sleep over the outcome.

You can hardly blame Beane for being this broken up about the game. The Bills looked like they were going to win after taking the lead with 13 seconds left, but even that was too much time for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The sense of frustration and regret isn’t helped by the fact that the final game-tying field goal could have theoretically been prevented.

The Bills have been knocked out of the playoffs by the Chiefs in back-to-back seasons. The prospect of starting over and doing it all again just to get back to that point is a daunting one, and Beane is probably feeling that, even if it’s necessary.

Photo: Oct 31, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane enters the field before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Sean McDermott shares his 1 regret from way Bills lost to Chiefs

Sean McDermott on the sideline

The Buffalo Bills made some huge mistakes late in their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. Most would argue that their biggest was kicking the ball deep with 13 seconds remaining, but head coach Sean McDermott still does not see it that way.

After taking a 36-33 lead with 13 seconds left in regulation, the Bills chose to have Tyler Bass kick the ball through the end zone for a touchback rather than running a little time off with a squib. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs then had enough time for two big plays and the game-tying field goal. Kansas City won the coin toss in overtime and scored a touchdown to win.

McDermott was asked on Tuesday about the way he handled the final 13 seconds. He said he didn’t want to get into specifics and would only blame “execution.”

McDermott made similar remarks following Buffalo’s loss, though he did say it “starts with me.”

The Bills should have been able to prevent Kansas City from getting into field goal range, but they didn’t. Had they gone with a squib kick, the Chiefs probably would have only had time for two plays instead of three.

McDermott is right that the execution was poor, but so was the decision to award the Chiefs a touchback. The special teams mistake may not have been as egregious as some we saw from another team over the weekend, but it very well could have cost the Bills a trip to the AFC Championship Game.

Photo: Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott enters the field before a game against theAtlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Insane win probability graphic from Chiefs-Bills game goes viral

Patrick Mahomes

The end of regulation between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills on Sunday was absolutely ludicrous. If you want an idea of just how chaotic it really was, look no further than the win probability calculator for the game.

The Chiefs led for most of the second half of the divisional playoff contest and took a 26-21 lead late into the fourth quarter. But the Bills responded with a Josh Allen touchdown strike to Gabriel Davis and subsequent two-point conversion to take the 29-26 lead. The Chiefs then hit back with a touchdown of their own on a 64-yard catch and run by Tyreek Hill from Patrick Mahomes to go back up 33-29.

Not to be outdone, Allen countered with another touchdown pass to Davis with just 13 seconds left to retake the lead at 36-33. But 13 seconds was all Mahomes and the Chiefs needed. Mahomes got the Chiefs into field goal range with a couple of big pass plays, and Harrison Butker hit a 49-yard field goal to send the game into overtime at 36 all.

The wild seesaw battle produced an ESPN win probability graphic that looked like a seismometer measuring an earthquake. Take a look.

Kansas City went on to win the coin toss in overtime and got the ball first. They then proceeded to score a walk-off touchdown on the opening drive of overtime, getting themselves the 42-36 win and disappointing many fans. Here was the updated win probability graphic after the game finished.

While the ending was anticlimactic, the final minutes of regulation were peak back-and-forth entertainment. They also produced the craziest win probability chart you will ever see (at least since this game a few weeks ago).

Photo: Feb 3, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes speaks with media during the winning coach and Super Bowl MVP Press Conference at Hilton Miami. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bills made big mistake to end regulation in loss to Chiefs

Sean McDermott in Bills gear

The Buffalo Bills suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Divisional round, and one key error late in regulation may have done them in.

The Bills appeared to have won the game when they took a 36-33 lead with 13 seconds left in regulation. However, they opted to kick deep on the ensuing kickoff instead of a squib kick, which could have potentially taken a few seconds off the clock if the Chiefs were forced into a return. The kickoff went for a touchback, and no time came off the clock as a result.

A number of people on Twitter suggested this was a key error that may have cost the Bills the game. Tony Romo also pointed out on CBS prior to the kickoff that putting the ball short of the end zone would be prudent.

Would this have made a difference? It’s certainly possible. The Chiefs wound up getting the ball with 13 seconds left and all three timeouts remaining. That gave them a lot of options to move the ball into field goal range for Harrison Butker, as the remaining timeouts meant the Chiefs could still throw to the middle of the field without the clock running too much. Kansas City needed just two plays to move into range for Butker. Even taking three or four seconds off the clock on a kick return might have left the Chiefs with one play at most, and might have forced them to simply try to set up a Hail Mary attempt instead.

The flipside is the Bills would have been risking a big Tyreek Hill return if something went wrong. Hill had burned the Bills with a 45-yard punt return earlier in the fourth quarter, which was likely in the back of Sean McDermott’s mind.

Buffalo’s mistake here was not nearly as glaring as the errors another special teams unit made over the weekend. Still, a better-executed kickoff might have been the difference between victory and defeat in this one.

Photo: Jan 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott before the AFC Wild Card NFL Playoff game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone said the same thing after Chiefs-Bills overtime playoff game

Josh Allen sitting

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills 42-36 in their AFC Divisional Round playoff game on Sunday, and everyone said the same thing afterwards.

First off, viewers unanimously agreed that it was a great game. But many fans were dissatisfied with the ending because the Chiefs got to win thanks largely to winning the coin toss.

Many viewers, from the media to the fans to even players, all agreed that the overtime rules need to be changed so a hot offense gets a chance to match.

It would be interesting to see whether the Chiefs would like to see the overtime format changed.

The rule benefited them this year, but three years ago, the Patriots did the same thing to them. So they have been on both ends of the overtime rule.

To me, it’s a flaw in the NFL’s rules. They have a great product and delivered an incredible game. It shouldn’t end in such a dissatisfying manner.

Look: Buffalo grocery store has hilarious way of trolling Chiefs

Josh Allen in a Bills hat

The entire city of Buffalo means business ahead of the Bills’ divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.

A funny photo went viral on Friday of the clever way that one local Buffalo grocery store found to troll the Chiefs before Sunday’s game. Dash’s Market pulled what appeared to be all of their bottles of Kansas City barbecue sauce from their shelves. Instead, the store displayed the hilarious sign, “Dash’s is taking down KC in the aisles so the Bills can take them down on the field.”

The Bills and the Chiefs both won their respective divisions this year. They met once during the regular season with the Bills winning 38-20 during a Week 5 matchup in Kansas City.

Sunday’s playoff game will also take place in Kansas City, meaning that Bills fans will largely have to show their support from afar. It looks like that is exactly what they are doing though with the funniest grocery store troll job since this one from several years ago.

Photo: Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports

Josh Allen has great take on Bills’ lack of Pro Bowlers

Josh Allen in a Bills hat

The Buffalo Bills were viewed as one of the best teams in the AFC heading into the 2021 season, and they have lived up to expectations. Despite that, they somehow only had two players voted to the Pro Bowl. They are almost certainly motivated by the snubs, but Josh Allen insists their focus is elsewhere.

During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Thursday, Allen was asked if he feels the Bills have not gotten the respect they deserve this season. He said they are “internally motivated” and not thinking about the Pro Bowl heading into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“We want the respect we deserve, but at the same time I could give two sh–s about all that,” he said. “I’m so focused on just trying to be the best quarterback for this team, the best teammate I can be and trying to win football games for this team. … We’re so internally motivated here in Buffalo. We want to win for each other.”

Allen mentioned how Jordan Poyer, who is considered by many to be one of the best safeties in the NFL, was named an All-Pro but not a Pro Bowler. Allen is an alternate. Allen received a text message about that from his trainer prior to Buffalo’s blowout win over the New England Patriots a few weeks ago.

Poyer has made it clear he is fueled by the Pro Bowl snub, and his wife also went off about it. In reality, the oversights are probably beneficial for the Bills. Fans should be grateful they haven’t been shown the respect they deserve.

Photo: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Funny video of Ryan Fitzpatrick at Bills game goes viral

Ryan Fitzpatrick

You can take Ryan Fitzpatrick out of Buffalo, but you can’t take the Buffalo out of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

A funny video of the veteran quarterback went viral this week. Fitzpatrick attended the Bills’ Wild Card game on Saturday against the New England Patriots. In a video posted on Twitter by a user named Kyle Margeson, a shirtless Fitzpatrick was going nuts in the stands after a Bills touchdown.

Keep in mind that the game, which Buffalo won 47-17, was played in near-zero degree weather. That is definitely a man with some nerves of steel.

Fitzpatrick, who signed a one-year deal with Washington last offseason but barely played this season due to injury, used to be Buffalo’s quarterback. He played for the Bills for four seasons from 2009 to 2012 but never made it to the playoffs with the team.

Now 39 years old, Fitzpatrick had some hilarious viral moments during his Buffalo career. Now it appears that he is still very much a member of Bills Mafia, even all these years later.

Photo: Norm Duve-American Century Championship

Bills accomplish astonishing feat in playoff win over Patriots

Sean McDermott in Bills gear

The Buffalo Bills didn’t just beat the New England Patriots in the playoffs on Saturday night. They destroyed them.

Buffalo smashed New England 47-17 in their AFC Wild Card game, ending the Patriots’ season. Whatever embarrassment the Bills endured during a Monday night loss to the Pats earlier in the season was completely reversed and handed right back.

The Bills scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions of the game. The only time they didn’t score came when they kneeled out the clock at the end. That resulted in a record performance.

According to Football Perspective, the Bills became the first team to go an entire game without punting, kicking a field goal, turning the ball over, or turning the ball over on downs.

That is one heck of an accomplishment, and it perfectly captures how superb and dominant of a game the Bills played.

Remember how badly the Patriots embarrassed the Bills on Dec. 6 in Week 13? New England won a game while attempting just three passes. Not only did Buffalo turn around and win the rematch in Week 16, but then they won the elimination game in the playoffs without leaving a doubt.

What a win for the Bills.

Photo: Jan 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott before the AFC Wild Card NFL Playoff game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bills fans throw sex toy onto field during playoff game against Patriots

Kendrick Bourne points

Buffalo Bills fans are keeping tradition alive.

Some Bills fan threw a sex toy onto the field during the team’s home playoff game against the New England Patriots on Saturday night. The dildo was thrown onto the field after the Patriots connected for a touchdown pass late in the third quarter to make it 33-9.

The dildo was thrown near Kendrick Bourne in the end zone after he caught the TD.

Bourne pointed at the sex toy right after seeing it:

Anyone who’s been watching Patriots-Bills games in Buffalo for the last several years should not be surprised by this.

Bills fans did the same thing in:

2016
2017
2018

Bills Mafia is all about winning and having fun. Breaking tables and tossing sex toys is what they do best.