7. The defense put together a game to remember.
The Bills entered Sunday’s game with the top scoring offense in the NFL since Week 7, but with the exception of Buffalo’s early touchdown following Hardman’s fumble, the Bills didn’t find the end zone again until four minutes remained in the game and the contest was out of reach.
Kansas City held Buffalo – the top third-down offense in the NFL – to just 5-of-14 on third down and 2-of-5 in the red zone in terms of touchdowns, preventing the Bills from ever getting going offensively.
A key example of that defensive success occurred on the Bills’ final drive of the first half (when they drove to the Chiefs’ 3-yard line) and their opening possession of the second half (when they drove to the Chiefs’ 8-yard line. Buffalo marched inside the Chiefs’ 10-yard line on back-to-back possessions, but they came away with only six total points combined on the two drives.
The defense was also impressive during the Chiefs’ 21-point explosion in the second quarter. While Kansas City chipped away at and ultimately overcame the Bills’ lead, the defense held Buffalo to just one first down and a net total of negative four yards on their two offensive possessions sandwiched by the Chiefs’ first three touchdowns.
8. Frank Clark and Chris Jones, in particular, were living in the backfield.
A big reason why the Chiefs had so much success defensively on Sunday was due to their pass rush. According to Pro Football Focus, the Chiefs pressured Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen on 24 of his 58 dropbacks, with defensive tackle Chris Jones recording seven of those pressures all by himself.
Elsewhere, ESPN’s advanced metrics marked it as the top pass-rushing performance in a postseason game since the company began recording this kind of data.