It’s hard to believe Patrick Mahomes has never played in a true hostile environment in the playoffs in his career. Especially considering he’s played in 12 playoff games that weren’t a neutral site.
It’s a remarkable streak that has spanned over five consecutive seasons and has resulted in a 12-3 playoff record with two Lombardi Trophies. And next week, that streak comes to an end.
The reason is two-fold. First of all, it’s because the Chiefs went 5-5 down the stretch. The final loss came at the hands of the Raiders at Arrowhead on Christmas Day.
Fading down the stretch dropped the Chiefs to the number three seed below the Ravens and Bills. The Ravens got the bye as the top seed, so in order to send the Chiefs on the road in the Divisional round, the Bills needed to win.
Well, the Bills just beat the Steelers 31-17 and as the two seed, they will hold the Chiefs in Buffalo next Sunday. And thus we get to see if Mahomes can be Mahomes in front of a stadium full of noisy Bills fans.
The Chiefs and Bills met twice in the playoffs over the past three years with the Chiefs winning both matchups. The first one in 2020 the Chiefs went on to win the Super Bowl, the last one in 2021 they would lose to the Bengals in the AFC Championship game.
Now we get to see if the Bills can take their homefield advantage and pull out the win to send the Chiefs home.