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Buffalo 24-38 Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes, supported by Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, led the defending-champion Kansas City Chiefs back to the Super Bowl with victory over the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game.

Mahomes threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, while his two receivers combined for 22 catches, 290 of those yards, and Kelce’s two touchdowns, as the Chiefs overcame their customary early playoff deficit to overwhelm the Bills.

Buffalo started the faster and, after a field goal on the opening drive, were handed a huge assist when Mecole Hardman muffed a punt on the next which Buffalo recovered at the Chiefs’ three-yard line, allowing Josh Allen to find Dawson Knox to go up 9-0.

With plenty of experience of playing from behind in the playoffs however, the Chiefs responded with three consecutive touchdown drives.

Hardman atoned for his error by catching a 3-yard touchdown from Mahomes, then took an end-around 50 yards, leading to a Darrel Williams scoring run before Clyde Edwards-Helaire added another.

From there, Kansas City’s secondary stepped up, keeping regular season receiving leader Stefon Diggs in check and limiting the Bills to field goals.

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Meanwhile Kelce and Hill became the first pair to both go over 100 yards in the playoffs twice together.

A Rashad Fenton interception of Allen late in the third quarter, compounded by Kelce’s second touchdown, sealed the game despite a late Buffalo rally.

The Chiefs will face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, looking to become the first to repeat since Brady’s New England Patriots in February 2005.

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