Matt Buckler: Chiefs-Bills game filled with greatness

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Jan. 24—For the past 64 years, the 1958 NFL championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants was considered to be the "Greatest Game Ever Played."

Sunday it received some competition for that title.

The Kansas City Chiefs-Buffalo Bills divisional playoff game had everything you could want in a football game — not one great come-from-behind finish, but three of them.

Not even the babble of Tony Romo could ruin it.

It was a showcase for two of the NFL's rising stars — Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. After what Maholmes did in the final 13 seconds of regulation time — take his team down the field to set up a tying field goal to force overtime — he'll be getting even more commercial endorsements than he does now. Subway may even name a sandwich after him.

There were three great playoff games this weekend that preceded the Bills-Chiefs, all decided by a game-winning field goal on the final play.

The Bills and Chiefs, however, surpassed that, and Kansas City's 42-36 overtime victory will be talked about all week — talk show hosts won't let it go.

The Bills and the Chiefs were charter members of the American Football League, where shootouts such as the one Sunday were common events.

Many of those games, however, have been forgotten, Sunday's game will be remembered.

Perhaps it wasn't the greatest game. But it will be difficult to come up with one that was more exciting.