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5 takeaways from the Bills’ 27-24 postseason loss to the Chiefs

The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs played another barn burner in the NFL postseason.

The two teams went back and forth and it finished in a tight, one-score fashion. The Chiefs won in a 27-24 final, ending the Bills’ Super Bowl dreams in the divisional round.

With that, here are five takeaways from the Bills’ postseason loss to the Chiefs:

Kelce cooked

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(Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Chiefs have been starved for playmakers all of 2023. The lone threat in the passing game on paper is tight end Travis Kelce.

Despite all the focus likely being on him, he cooked the Bills defense. Kelce finished with five catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns. His efforts also opened up things on the ground for Kansas City as rusher Isiah Pacheco had 97 yards and averaged 6.5 yards per carry.

The often stout Bills defensive line wasn’t there.

Bills ground and pound

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(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Where the Bills had a balanced attack which worked for a time. Quarterback Josh Allen led the Bills with 72 rushing yards and two rushing scores. Running back James Cook had 61 yards, but only averaged 3.4 yards per carry.

All-in-all, Buffalo held the game in their hand as this helped them carry the time of possession by a 37:03 to 22:57 edge. But there was just something… not there.

Diggs goes missing

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(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

The Bills needed a big play. That’s where your best players are supposed to shine. No. 1 receiver Stefon Diggs did not do his part.

Diggs had drops and only three catches the entire game for 21 yards. Look at that compared to Kelce.

But in Diggs’ defense, the entire Buffalo offense didn’t do their part. Plays down the field of more than 20 yards? The Chiefs had eight. The Bills had none. The explosive plays were not there for the home team.

Khalil Shakir had the lone receiving touchdown for the Bills. Allen rushed in two others.

Late-game questions

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(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

The missed fake punt. The running game hitting a wall. Throwing it into the end zone in the fourth quarter and settling for a 44-yard field goal on a windy western New York night. There are questions worth asking. It feels like the Bills blew it.

See you in 2024

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(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Bills are 0-3 against the Chiefs under their current look with quarterback Patrick Mahomes & Co. in the postseason. Their Super Bowl dreams end early again.

We’ll see you in 2024.

Story originally appeared on Bills Wire