The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs are the AFC champions for the second consecutive season. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs blew previous the Buffalo Payments, 38-24, in Sunday’s AFC championship recreation.
After falling behind 9-Zero early, the Chiefs then surged out to a 38-15 lead scoring on six straight possessions earlier than the Payments regrouped and tried to make it attention-grabbing in rubbish time.
That recreation got here one week after the Chiefs edged the Cleveland Browns, 22-17, within the divisional spherical. There was no rubbish time in that recreation, a nail-biting affair for followers of each groups. Solely a gutsy name Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and a few nice performs backup QB Chad Henne – to not point out a blown officiating name simply earlier than halftime – allowed the Chiefs to flee the upstart Browns.
This isn’t to say the Browns are higher than the Payments due to the ultimate scores. Sport scripts and eventualities are completely different, as are groups’ strengths/weaknesses and the way they match towards the opponent. That is to say, nonetheless, that the Browns ought to rightly really feel they’re near the purpose of successful the AFC and advancing to their first Tremendous Bowl in franchise historical past.
The Browns completed 11-5, blew out the Steelers in Pittsburgh within the wild-card spherical, after which gave the Chiefs all the things they may deal with. They did so regardless of a motley crew of middle-of-field defenders who sorely lacked velocity to match Kansas Metropolis.
All the important thing items on either side of the ball return for the Browns, and lots of have but to hit their prime NFL years. They’ve sufficient cap house to enhance the roster with some free brokers, plus a bevy of draft picks to assist construct depth throughout the roster.
Now they’ll have systematic continuity below Kevin Stefanski and a training workers that can return intact. Browns followers ought to really feel very assured concerning the future and the very actual probability that this franchise can go even deeper within the postseason within the coming season(s). The ultimate two weeks of the AFC playoffs proved the Browns are able to beating anybody.