Once the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and the Buffalo Bills drafted Josh Allen with the 7th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, a rivalry was created between two historic franchises that has — and will continue to — deliver for years to come. While only one of these two quarterbacks has produced a Super Bowl trophy for their team (two trophies, to be exact), every time these two teams face off, the game seems to be a classic. And there’s certainly still time for Josh Allen to bring the city of Buffalo their first ever Super Bowl trophy. Yet, in order to do so, he will need to topple the dynasty that Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs have created.
In this article, we’ll discuss the head to head history between the Chiefs and Bills, talk about the background to their rivalry, break down the infamous 2022 AFC Divisional Playoff matchup between these two teams, and predict whether we’ll see them square off in the 2024 NFL playoffs.
Chiefs vs Bills Head to Head History
The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills have played each other a total of 53 times (including 5 postseason games). In those, the Bills lead the all-time series, 28-24-1. In the playoffs, however, the Chiefs have a 3-2 edge.
The first game ever played between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs franchises was on November 6, 1960, when the Dallas Texans (the former name/location of the Chiefs franchise) beat the Bills, 45-28. The most recent game between these two teams occurred on October 16, 2022, when the Bills beat the Chiefs 24-20.
In this series, the longest winning streak is held by the Buffalo Bills, who won 7 straight games against the Chiefs from December 2, 1962, to December 12, 1965.
Chiefs vs Bills Game Logs
|Date||Visitor||Visitor Score||Home||Home Score||Result||Notes|
|12/10/2023||Buffalo Bills||–||Kansas City Chiefs||–||–||Scheduled|
|10/16/2022||Buffalo Bills||24||Kansas City Chiefs||20||W||–|
|01/23/2022||Buffalo Bills||36||Kansas City Chiefs||42||L/OT||*|
|10/10/2021||Buffalo Bills||38||Kansas City Chiefs||20||W||–|
|01/24/2021||Buffalo Bills||24||Kansas City Chiefs||38||L||†|
|10/19/2020||Kansas City Chiefs||26||Buffalo Bills||17||L||–|
|11/26/2017||Buffalo Bills||16||Kansas City Chiefs||10||W||–|
|11/29/2015||Buffalo Bills||22||Kansas City Chiefs||30||L||–|
|11/09/2014||Kansas City Chiefs||17||Buffalo Bills||13||L||–|
|11/03/2013||Kansas City Chiefs||23||Buffalo Bills||13||L||–|
|09/16/2012||Kansas City Chiefs||17||Buffalo Bills||35||W||–|
|09/11/2011||Buffalo Bills||41||Kansas City Chiefs||7||W||–|
|10/31/2010||Buffalo Bills||10||Kansas City Chiefs||13||L/OT||–|
|12/13/2009||Buffalo Bills||16||Kansas City Chiefs||10||W||–|
|11/23/2008||Buffalo Bills||54||Kansas City Chiefs||31||W||–|
|11/13/2005||Kansas City Chiefs||3||Buffalo Bills||14||W||–|
|10/26/2003||Buffalo Bills||5||Kansas City Chiefs||38||L||–|
|11/17/2002||Buffalo Bills||16||Kansas City Chiefs||17||L||–|
|11/19/2000||Buffalo Bills||21||Kansas City Chiefs||17||W||–|
|09/14/1997||Buffalo Bills||16||Kansas City Chiefs||22||L||–|
|12/22/1996||Kansas City Chiefs||9||Buffalo Bills||20||W||–|
|10/30/1994||Kansas City Chiefs||10||Buffalo Bills||44||W||–|
|01/23/1994||Kansas City Chiefs||13||Buffalo Bills||30||W||†|
|11/28/1993||Buffalo Bills||7||Kansas City Chiefs||23||L||–|
|01/05/1992||Kansas City Chiefs||14||Buffalo Bills||37||W||*|
|10/07/1991||Buffalo Bills||6||Kansas City Chiefs||33||L||–|
|11/30/1986||Buffalo Bills||17||Kansas City Chiefs||14||W||–|
|09/28/1986||Kansas City Chiefs||20||Buffalo Bills||17||L||–|
|12/04/1983||Buffalo Bills||14||Kansas City Chiefs||9||W||–|
|09/12/1982||Kansas City Chiefs||9||Buffalo Bills||14||W||–|
|12/03/1978||Buffalo Bills||10||Kansas City Chiefs||14||L||–|
|10/01/1978||Kansas City Chiefs||13||Buffalo Bills||28||W||–|
|10/03/1976||Kansas City Chiefs||17||Buffalo Bills||50||W||–|
|10/29/1973||Kansas City Chiefs||14||Buffalo Bills||23||W||–|
|12/19/1971||Buffalo Bills||9||Kansas City Chiefs||22||L||–|
|12/07/1969||Buffalo Bills||19||Kansas City Chiefs||22||L||–|
|11/02/1969||Kansas City Chiefs||29||Buffalo Bills||7||L||–|
|10/05/1968||Kansas City Chiefs||18||Buffalo Bills||7||L||–|
|12/03/1967||Buffalo Bills||13||Kansas City Chiefs||23||L||–|
|01/01/1967||Kansas City Chiefs||31||Buffalo Bills||7||L||‡|
|10/02/1966||Buffalo Bills||29||Kansas City Chiefs||14||W||–|
|09/11/1966||Kansas City Chiefs||42||Buffalo Bills||20||L||–|
|12/12/1965||Kansas City Chiefs||25||Buffalo Bills||34||W||–|
|10/17/1965||Buffalo Bills||23||Kansas City Chiefs||7||W||–|
|10/18/1964||Buffalo Bills||35||Kansas City Chiefs||22||W||–|
|09/13/1964||Kansas City Chiefs||17||Buffalo Bills||34||W||–|
|10/13/1963||Buffalo Bills||35||Kansas City Chiefs||26||W||–|
|09/22/1963||Kansas City Chiefs||27||Buffalo Bills||27||T||–|
|12/02/1962||Dallas Texans||14||Buffalo Bills||23||W||–|
|09/30/1962||Buffalo Bills||21||Dallas Texans||41||L||–|
|11/12/1961||Buffalo Bills||30||Dallas Texans||20||W||–|
|10/15/1961||Dallas Texans||24||Buffalo Bills||27||W||–|
|12/18/1960||Buffalo Bills||7||Dallas Texans||24||L||–|
|11/06/1960||Dallas Texans||45||Buffalo Bills||28||L||–|
- AFC Divisional Playoff Game
Overall Series Record: Buffalo Bills lead 28-24-1 Total Points Scored: Buffalo Bills 1183, Kansas City Chiefs 1106
Chiefs vs Bills Rivalry Background
While these teams have been playing each other for seven decades, the modern rivalry didn’t really begin until the Chiefs and Bills drafted their aforementioned quarterbacks in 2017 and 2018, respectively. But tensions between these teams reached a boiling point after they had an incredible battle in the 2021 AFC Championship game.
Yet, this rivalry isn’t built on bad blood. In fact, much respect has been shown between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes.
In a quote from February 2023, Allen said this about Mahomes and Kansas City: “They’re the mantra of what you want to be and how you need to do it. Because, again they’re just constantly in the AFC Championship Game; [Mahomes] has been in three Super Bowls now.”
Of course, any respect is dismissed whenever these two juggernauts face off on the field.
Chiefs, Bills 2022 AFC Divisional Playoffs
After finishing the 2021-22 NFL regular season with a 12-5 record, the Kansas City Chiefs finished as the #2 seed in the AFC. They went on to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, 42-21.
The Buffalo Bills finished the 2021-22 NFL regular season with an 11-6 record, and earned the #3 seed in the AFC. They faced the New England Patriots in the first round of the playoffs, and defeated them 47-17 — which meant they’d face the Chiefs in the second round.
This 2022 AFC Divisional Playoff battle took place in Kansas City. Buffalo started off the game with a 15-play, 71-yard drive (including 2 fourth down conversions), which ended with a 1-yard touchdown run from Devin Singletary to give them a 7-0 lead. Kansas City responded with a 13-play, 74-yard drive of their own, which finished when Patrick Mahomes had an 8-yard touchdown run to tie the game 7-7.
In the second quarter, the Chiefs completed an 81-yard drive by scoring on a Mahomes 2-yard touchdown pass to Byron Pringle, which gave Kansas City a 14-7 lead. The Bills countered with a drive where Josh Allen rushed twice for 20 yards and completed an 18-yard touchdown completion to Gabe Davis, which tied the score at 14–14. Kansas City kicker Harrison Butker then missed a 50-yard field goal attempt as the second quarter ended.
The Chiefs started the second half with a 64-yard, 15-play drive then culminated with Butker making a 39-yard field goal to give the team a 17–14 lead. The Bills punted on their next drive, then the Chiefs scored again on a 25-yard touchdown run from Mecole Hardman — although Butker missed the extra point, making the score 23-14. Then Josh Allen threw a 75-yard touchdown completion to Davis, making the score 23–21 heading into the fourth quarter.
After Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill returned a punt 45 yards, Kansas City upped their lead to 26-21 on a 28-yard field goal. Buffalo then responded with a 19-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Allen throwing a 27-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Davis. One play later, Allen completed a pass to Stefon Diggs for a 2-point conversion, giving the Bills a 29-26 lead with 1:54 remaining in the game. Kansas City answered with a 64-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill, giving them a 33-29 lead.
Taking the ball back with 57 seconds remaining, Allen brought the Bills down to the Kansas City 19-yard line, then with just 13 seconds left on the clock, he threw another 19-yard touchdown pass to Davis to give Buffalo a 36–33 lead.
On the subsequent kickoff, the Bills kicked long rather than taking a squib kick to try and run off some of the clock — which allowed the Chiefs enough time to march down the field in a few seconds and nail a 49-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.
Kansas City won the coin toss to begin overtime and elected to receive the ball. Getting the ball first in overtime, Mahomes led the Chiefs down the field and ultimately completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce, winning the game for Kansas City and ending the Bills’ season.
Kansas Chiefs, Buffalo Bills 2023-24 Team Analysis
The Kansas Chiefs and Buffalo Bills are scheduled to face each other on December 10, 2023, in Kansas City. Considering that the Chiefs are 7-2, in first place in the AFC, and are playing excellent football, there seems no doubt that they’ll make another deep playoff run. The Bills, however, are only 5-4 to start the 2023-24 NFL season, and look like a shell of the team they have been in the past few seasons, while they still have time to turn it around, they’ll likely need to make big changes to their very depleted defense in order to not only make the playoffs, but compete against elite teams like the Chiefs when they get there. Although I wouldn’t put it past Josh Allen to do so, Buffalo has much work ahead if they want to exact revenge for the devastating overtime loss to the Chiefs they suffered back in 2022.
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