The Kansas City Chiefs stared playoff elimination in the eyes on Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills.
With 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter, it looked like it was game over for the Chiefs.
All Buffalo needed to do was execute a squib kick on the kickoff after their go-ahead touchdown, or kick it off short so Kansas City would be forced to return the ball and burn some precious seconds off the clock. From that point, Patrick Mahomes would have time for maybe one play to advance the ball close to midfield, and then it would be a hail mary chance.
Easy enough, right?
Except that’s not how things played out. Buffalo inexplicably kicked the ball into the end zone, resulting in a touchback and no time run off the clock.
Mahomes was able to run two plays and get the ball in field goal range. Harrison Butker tied the game with a 49-yard field goal and the Chiefs won in overtime.
It turns out, the Bills actually wanted to execute a squib kick. But apparently, the call never made it to kicker Tyler Bass.
Who knows how the game plays out if the Bills squib it. Maybe the ball bounces around after it touches a Chiefs player and five seconds run off the clock.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, they aren’t the franchise wondering “what if” this week. They’re the ones preparing to play in the AFC Championship game.
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