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Mahomes & Allen: New generation leads storied NFL franchises Kansas City, Buffalo in battle for trip to Super Bowl LV

AFC Championship: BUFFALO BILLS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Kickoff: Sunday, Jan. 24 at 5:40 p.m.

In the clash for the AFC Championship between two storied franchises Sunday evening, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen personify and showcase the arrival of the NFL’s new generation.

When the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes will try to give his squad a chance to win back-to-back Super Bowl, the first team to accomplish that feat since New England in 2004 & 2005. On the other hand, Allen will attempt to lead Buffalo to its first Super Bowl appearance since 1994 when the Bills played in four consecutive NFL title games.

When Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last season in Super Bowl LIV, it represented the first time in 50 years Kansas City has appeared in the big game. If Buffalo can earn a trip to Super Bowl LV Sunday, the Bills will be playing for their first-ever Lombardi Trophy after losing four straight times in the big game from 1991-94.

Interestingly, the last time Buffalo advanced to the Super Bowl the Bills defeated Kansas City, 30-13, on Dec. 23, 1994 for Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Joe Montana as the starting quarterbacks. After a long stretch of futility that included six straight last-place finishes in the AFC East, Allen helped end Buffalo’s 18-year playoff drought.

In the meantime, the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs (15-2) coasted through the regular season with the league’s top-rated offense and the favorite to earn back-to-back NFL titles for the first time in team history. But as Mahomes left the Divisional Playoff game with a concussion, the Chiefs turned to by backup quarterback Chad Henne to secure a 22-17 clutch victory over the Cleveland Browns. Mahomes has cleared concussion protocol to Sunday’s AFC Championship, but he will also be dealing with a nagging case of turf toe.

In an AFC Championship game rematch 27 years in the making, the shootout between young guns Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen should be a wild one for the ages.

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