Kansas City, Mo. (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Bills traveled to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday for the first time since the infamous "13 seconds" game in the AFC Divisional Round of the 2021 playoffs. With a near perfect injury report and a score to settle, the team looked poised to strike big.
It was a slow start for both sides, but as the sun went down, the offense turned up the intensity.
The Bills narrowly escaped with a win, taking the 24-20 lead with just over minute to go in regulation, and securing the game with an interception from cornerback Taron Johnson.
The Bills have been fixated on this matchup since January when they were eliminated from the playoffs. Head coach Sean McDermott talked about how the team built themselves this offseason, specifically for games like this.
"You try to identify what you need to improve your team. Brandon [Beane] does a great job with that, acquiring those players to help you, that can factor in these games," said McDermott following Sunday's win. "It's not easy coming here, No. 1 against this team. We've had our battles. I was real proud of the guys and how they executed in the final moments of the game."
Along with newly acquired players, McDermott also sites the team's ability to prepare for situations like this, and stick to the original game plan.
"You gotta trust your instincts," McDermott said. "These guys prepare all week, they work hard, and then that's when you gotta let it flow and trust your gut, trust your instincts."
You can listen to the entirety of McDermott's postgame comments with the media in the player below: