Patrick Mahomes had some things to say after his Kansas City Chiefs lost at home to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.
While there is no shame in losing a close game to a fellow Super Bowl contender like Buffalo, this game was at home and the Bills have the head-to-head tiebreaker going forward. A late touchdown put Buffalo up 24-20 and a costly Mahomes interception sealed Kansas City’s fate on Sunday. The Bills improved to 5-1 on the season, while the Chiefs must pick up the pieces at 4-2.
No doubt about it, this loss will sting for a while for Mahomes and the rest of Chiefs Kingdom.
It might only be one game, but this is a team Kansas City will have to probably beat in January.
Keep in mind that Buffalo has seen its season end the last two years at the hands of the Chiefs.
This is quickly becoming the new rivalry that could define the AFC for the next generation-plus.
Patrick Mahomes reflects on Kansas City Chiefs’ home loss to Buffalo Bills
Besides early-season bragging rights, this clash of AFC titans is significant for a few reasons. One, Buffalo became the first AFC team to five wins. Had the Bills lost in Arrowhead, it would have been Kansas City as the first to five. The other interesting component is the Bills would have fallen to 4-2 and been tied with (I can’t believe I’m actually writing this), the New York Jets atop the AFC East.
The good news for the Chiefs is they will still stay atop the AFC West race, regardless of what the Los Angeles Chargers do on Monday Night Football vs. the Denver Broncos. Even better, a second loss this early in the season can serve as even more motivation to get better. Keep in mind how good the AFC is this season. This is the superior conference, so losses like these ones will happen.
Ultimately, Kansas City needs to regroup quickly and prepare for a San Francisco 49ers team that just got embarrassed on the road by Kyle Shanahan’s former employer in the Atlanta Falcons. If the Chiefs get a win in Santa Clara, they will be 5-2 heading into their annual bye. After that, they will need to get ready for a physical game when the Tennessee Titans come in town for primetime.
It may only be an L in the loss column, but this is one that will trigger the emotions for Kansas City.