The Buffalo Bills didn't have a choice if they wanted to make the playoffs. The game began with Buffalo seeming to get that but ended, as most games have this season for the Bills, with disappointment.
The Bills started on offense and during the first series Tyrod Taylor competed a 48 yard pass to Sammy Watkins, less than a week after Watkins voiced his frustrating about not getting the ball against the New England Patriots. The series ended however, with only a field goal making in 3 - 0.
After a Kansas City Chiefs offensive series, the Bills got the ball back and LeSean McCoy fumbled and Kansas City recovered. Buffalo's defense was able to hold the Chiefs to a three and out and another punt. The Bills came back and finished strong when Tyrod Taylor threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins. With the extra point the Bills were up 10 - 0.
The Chiefs came alive in the second quarter with an 80-yard drive that ended in a rushing touchdown making it 10 - 7 but soon back came the Bills, more specifically, Sammy Watkins. Tyrod Taylor again threw a touchdown pass to Sammy giving the receiver nearly 160 yards in the first half. Dan Carpenter missed the extra point making it 16 - 7. The Chiefs answered the touchdown with one of their own late in the second putting them within two of the Bills. It was 16 - 14 Buffalo at the half.
The second half began all in the Chiefs favor. Alex Smith lead a drive down the field ending in a Travis Kelce touchdown reception in less than four minutes into the 3rd quarter. The Bills got the ball back but Tyrod Taylor fumbled after he was hit and the Chiefs recovered the ball which lead to three more points for them and widening the lead for the Chiefs to 16 - 24 with less than 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Bills had the ball late in the third and were about to punt when the Chiefs got a penalty giving the Bills a first down. After two other Chiefs penalties including a roughing the passer, the Bills were able to convert and LeSean McCoy ran it in for the touchdown. A failed two-point conversion attempt made the score 22-24 at the end of the third quarter.
Kansas City added three early in the fourth to widen the lead to 22 - 27. Another failed attempt at points for the Bills lead to yet another field goal for the Chiefs. It was 22 - 30 late in the fourth. That is where the score stayed as the Bills saw the number 16 flashing before them - 16 years of being shut out of the post season. The Bills fell to 5 - 6 and the Chiefs improved to 6 - 5