Showdown between Mahomes and Allen overshadowed by NFL’s overtime rules

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates with teammates after catching an 8-yard touchdown pass during overtime in an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the Buffalo Bills. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

NFL fans were treated to an instant classic to close out the divisional-round schedule as Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen provided the backdrop for the game of the year.

The game had multiple lead changes in the final moments and a dramatic ending with Mahomes finding Travis Kelce in the endzone for the game-winning score.

Unfortunately, the duel between Mahomes and Allen was overshadowed by the fact that the Bills quarterback sat on the bench and did not get the chance to touch the ball in overtime.

For those unfamiliar with the NFL’s overtime rules, the team who wins the coin toss and elects to receive it can win the game by scoring a touchdown on the opening drive. The other team only gets a chance to respond if there is a field goal or no points scored.

Since the Chiefs won the coin toss and scored, Buffalo’s season was over and many fans were left frustrated with the fact that Allen couldn’t respond.

Of course, this kickstarted the debate about whether the league needs to consider changing the rule once again. Many pointed to the fact that the CFL and NCAA allow both teams to get the same number of offensive possessions and the period continues until there is a winner.

The NFL has had many great rivalries over the years from Terry Bradshaw vs. Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw vs. Roger Staubach, Steve Young vs. Troy Aikman and of course, the legendary battles between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Now it looks like Mahomes vs. Allen represents the next great rivalry with Sunday’s game being the next chapter.

Throughout the game, Allen and Mahomes went back-and-forth with 25 points being put up in the final two minutes.

For Chiefs fans, they were reminded why Mahomes was handed a 10-year, $450-million contract.

With 13 seconds left, Kansas City needed to get into field goal range which would seem like a near-impossible task. However, for Mahomes, that’s all he needed to get in position for Harrison Butker to kick the tying field goal.

All in all, this weekend represented a great slate of games for the NFL and more anticipation for next week’s conference championship games that will determine the matchup for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.

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