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Bills upset the Chiefs, 16-10 at Arrowhead

Buffalo's defense shuts down the Chiefs' offense to snap a three-game losing skid

November 26, 2017 - 1:16 pm

The month of November has not been too kind to the Buffalo Bills. After going 5-2 through the first two months of the season, the Bills had lost three straight to fall back to .500 and out of a playoff spot in the AFC.

However, the Bills finished off the month with a big 16-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The win snaps their three-game losing streak, and gets the Bills back in a decent spot in the AFC playoff picture.

Kansas City was also riding a rough stretch of games heading into Sunday's matchup. After starting the season 5-0, they lost four of their last five games but still held on to the top spot in the AFC West standings.

The Bills entered Sunday with more injuries on offense as wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin did not make the trip to Kansas City with a knee injury suffered last week against the Los Angeles Chargers. Benjamin did not practice throughout the week, and was downgraded to out on Saturday before the Bills left Buffalo.

The Bills were also without left tackle Cordy Glenn for a third consecutive week with a foot/ankle injury that has plagued him for most of the season. Backup running back Mike Tolbert also missed his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury.

Here was the complete list of inactives for the Bills:

Earlier in the week, the Chiefs had signed cornerback Darrelle Revis to help bolster their secondary down the final stretch of the season. However, Revis was listed as inactive.

The game started with both the Bills and Chiefs struggling to get anything going on offense. The Bills only registered one first down in their first three drives of the game, while the Chiefs went three-and-out on their first three drives of the game.

Finally, the Bills put a scoring drive together when Tyrod Taylor led the Bills down the field for nine-play, 58-yard drive that ended with an eleven-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones. 

After another three-and-out series for the Chiefs, the Bills start the second quarter with a quick drive that gets them into field goal position. The Bills get as far as the Chiefs' 16-yards line, but settle for a 34-yard field goal from Stephen Hauschka.

The Chiefs' offensive struggles continue as they fail to get another first down and go three-and-out for the fifth time on the day.

Buffalo looked to make the Chiefs pay once again, driving into Kansas City territory and into field goal range for Hauschka. The Bills set up a 52-yard field goal for Hauschka, but he pushes the attempt too far right to end his streak of consecutive field goals made from 50-or-more yards. Hauschka broke the NFL record last week against the Chargers when he converted on his 13th straight field goal of 50-plus yards.

Going back the other way, the Chiefs offense finally gets going with a five-play drive that gets them up to the Buffalo 26-yard line. The Chiefs are unable to convert on a 3rd and 6 from the 26, but settle for a 45-yard field goal from Harrison Butker for their first points of the game. That field goal extends a Chiefs franchise record for Butker with his 23rd consecutive field goal made.

With less than two minutes to play in the half, the Bills offense got one more chance to put some points on the board before halftime. Taylor leads the Bills into Chiefs territory again, getting as far as the Kansas City 37-yard line. With nine-seconds to play, Hauschka came on to attempt another long field goal from 56-yards out. This time, Hauschka puts his kick right through the upright, down the middle to give the Bills a 13-3 lead going into halftime.

The Chiefs open the second half with a nine-play, 85-yard drive that found them in the endzone with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Albert Wilson.

Buffalo quickly responds as Taylor finds Charles Clay for a 33-yard hookup on the first play of the drive. A facemask penalty on the Chiefs pushes the Bills into Kansas City territory, and set the Bills up in good position at the 27-yard line. Although the Bills lost four yards in the next three plays, Hauschka puts three more points on the board with a 49-yard field goal.

With the Chiefs looking to continue their offensive momentum after their touchdown, the Bills come up with a big 3rd down sack from Lorenzo Alexander to push Kansas City back 16-yards. However, the Bills did not make anything of the big sack as the offense goes three-and-out.

Right before the end of the third quarter, the Bills avoid disaster as Brandon Tate muffed a Kansas City punt inside the Buffalo 20-yard line. While Tate recovered his own fumble, the Bills offense goes three-and-out once again.

With time running out in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs try to move the ball down the field to get into scoring position. Facing a 4th and 4 with less than three minutes to play in the game, Smith attempts a pass to Tyreek Hill at the Buffalo 18-yard line, but Bills safety Jordan Poyer breaks up the pass to force the turnover on downs.

Buffalo trys to run down the clock as much as possible, but Kansas City burns all of their timeouts and force a punt from Colton Schmidt with 2:28 to play.

With one more chance to take the lead, Smith gets the Chiefs offense down the field and back into Buffalo territory. With 1:25 left to play and at the Bills' 36-yard line, Smith misses his target on 3rd and 8 and is picked off by cornerback Tre'Davious White. White returns the interception 63-yards to the Kansas City 10-yard line, and sealed the win for the Bills.

The Bills are now back above .500 on the season, sitting at 6-5 with a matchup with the New England Patriots coming up next Sunday at New Era Field. Kickoff next week is scheduled for 1 p.m. along the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.

Check out how the game unfolded below:


First Quarter:

  • 7-0 Bills (1:36) - Tyrod Taylor rolls out of the pocket to find Zay Jones in the corner of the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown reception. Stephen Hauschka's extra-point is good.
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yards, 4:24

Second Quarter:

  • 10-0 Bills (12:05) - Stephen Hauschka's 34-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 28 yards, 2:50
  • 10-0 Bills (3:36) - Hauschka misses a 52-yard field goal attempt wide-right.
  • 10-3 Bills (1:48) - Harrison Butker is successful on a 45-yard field goal attempt.
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 32 yards, 1:46
  • 13-3 Bills (0:09) - Hauschka's 56-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 8 plays, 38 yards, 1:40

Third Quarter:

  • 13-10 Bills (9:26) - Alex Smith throws a short pass to Albert Wilson, who finds his way into the endzone from 19-yards out. Butker's extra-point attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 85 yards, 5:41
  • 16-10 Bills (6:57) - Hauschka is good on his field goal attempt from 49-yards out.
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 44 yards, 2:27

Fourth Quarter:

  • 16-10 Bills (2:54) - Smith's throw to Tyreek Hill on 4th and 4 is incomplete, and the Chiefs turn the ball over on downs.
  • 16-10 Bills (1:25) - Smith is picked off by Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White at the Buffalo 27-yard line. White returns the interception 63-yards to the Chiefs' 10-yard line.




Buffalo Bills:

Tyrod Taylor: 19 of 29, 183 yards, 1 TD

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith: 23 of 36, 199 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT



Buffalo Bills:

LeSean McCoy: 22 carries, 49 yards

Travaris Cadet: 6 carries, 28 yards

Tyrod Taylor: 9 carries, 27 yards

Kansas City Chiefs:

Alex Smith: 5 carries, 35 yards

Kareem Hunt: 11 carries, 17 yards

Tyreek Hill: 2 carries, 13 yards

Akeem Hunt: 1 carry, -10 yards



Buffalo Bills:

Charles Clay: 4 receptions, 60 yards

Zay Jones: 3 receptions, 33 yards, 1 TD

LeSean McCoy: 4 receptions, 30 yards

Travaris Cadet: 3 receptions, 21 yards

Nick O'Leary: 2 receptions, 18 yards

Jordan Matthews: 2 receptions, 15 yards

Deonte Thompson: 1 reception, 6 yards

Kansas City Chiefs:

Tyreek Hill: 7 receptions, 41 yards

Travis Kelce: 3 receptions, 39 yards

Albert Wilson: 3 receptions, 36 yards, 1 TD

Demetrius Harris: 2 receptions, 33 yards

Demarcus Robinson: 2 receptions, 24 yards

Kareem Hunt: 1 reception, 9 yards

Charcandrick West: 3 receptions, 7 yards

Akeem Hunt: 1 reception, 6 yards

Anthony Sherman: 1 reception, 4 yards



Buffalo Bills:

Preston Brown: 9 tackles

E.J. Gaines: 8 tackles

Tre'Davious White: 1 pass defended, 1 INT

Cedric Thronton: 1 sack

Lorenzo Alexander: 1 sack

Micah Hyde: 1 pass defended

Kansas City Chiefs:

Reggie Ragland: 9 tackles

Daniel Sorenson: 7 tackles, 1 sack

Marcus Peters: 6 tackles

Justin Houston: 4 tackles, 1 sack


Total Yards:

Bills: 268
Chiefs: 236

Passing Yards:

Bills: 164
Chiefs: 181

Rushing Yards:

Bills: 104
Chiefs: 55

First Downs:

Bills: 17
Chiefs: 14


Bills: 6 for 50 yards
Chiefs: 6 for 50 yards

Time of Possession:

Bills: 33:18
Chiefs: 26:42

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