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AFC Championship Preview 2021'

The AFC Championship between the Bills & Chiefs is just days away. The showdown at Arrowhead Stadium will kick off at 6:40 p.m. on January 24, on CBS.

Kansas City 22-17 Divisional Round Recap

  • Despite losing QB Patrick Mahomes in the 3rd quarter to concussion protocol, the Chiefs held on to advance to their second consecutive AFC Championship game.

Buffalo 17-3 Divisional Round Recap

  • Josh Allen and the Bills dominated the Ravens' defense in the second half, sending the Bills to its first AFC Championship game in 26 years.

Battle at Arrowhead

One of the biggest questions going into the matchup: Will Mahomes play?

After being taken to the locker room, Mahomes sent a tweet that said he was "All Good"

  • Chief fans have no need to worry going in with a limited Mahomes, back-up Chad Henne defied all odds on a major fourth down conversion pass play

Home field Advantage

  • Kansas City will host the AFC Championship, which means "Chiefs Kingdom" will be there to cheer on the reigning Super Bowl Champs.

  • There were over 16,500 fans present against the Browns, and while Buffalo survived behind their home crowd the last two weeks, they will have to travel to for this monumental game.

Defensive Factor

Bills DB Taron Johnson's 101 yard pick six against Baltimore only added to the Ravens' pain. Buffalo forced four sacks against the Ravens and will now compete against one of the best offenses in the league for the title.
  • The Chiefs defense contained the Browns' HB Nick Chubb to an average of 5.3 yards per carry, a huge stat when it comes to the Bill's reliance on HB Devin Singletary.

Offensive Factor

Both teams relied heavily on pass plays in the Divisional Round, Buffalo had 206 receiving yards while the Chiefs had 321 yards.

  • Buffalo receivers WR Stefon Diggs and John Brown, averaged 13.3 yards and 7.8 yards respectively. Allen was sacked twice in the Divisional round, meaning the O-Line will have a challenge against a competitive Chiefs' defense.

  • Three Tight Ends averaged just over 13.5 yards per carry against the Browns. (WR Tyreek Hill: 13.8, Travis Kelce: 13.6 and Mecole Hardman: 14.5) This could be a challenge for the Bills' defense, which allowed 222 yards of offense against the Ravens.

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