Was KC Chiefs’ overtime victory over Bills the greatest postseason game ever played?

Tammy Ljungblad/tljungblad@kcstar.com
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The first three NFL Divisional playoff games of the weekend were all decided by a field goal as time expired, but the best was saved for last.

The Chiefs’ 42-36 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday featured a stunning 25 points in the final two minutes of regulation. ESPN said that was the most in postseason history and the second-most in any game since 1966. The Ravens and Vikings scored 28 in 2013.

Buffalo lost the coin toss before overtime, and the Chiefs took the opening drive and won the game on Patrick Mahomes’ 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce.

Our question: Do you think this was the best playoff game in NFL history? Here are some others that are considered among the greatest.

2018 AFC Championship Game: Patriots 37, Chiefs 31 (OT)

The teams combined to score an astounding 38 points in the fourth quarter alone. New England won the toss and scored on the only possession of overtime.

Super Bowl LII: Eagles 41, Patriots 33

The teams combined for a mind-boggling 1,151 yards. This game had the iconic “Philly Special,” and Philadelphia went ahead in the fourth quarter with 2:21 to play.

1992 AFC Wild Card Game: Bills 41, Oilers 38 (OT)

Houston was in full control of the game, up 35-3 in the second half when Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich led a stunning comeback to force OT — and then the Bills won it.

1982 AFC Divisional Round: Chargers 41, Dolphins 38 (OT)

The Chargers jumped to a 24-0 lead, but the Dolphins cut it to seven at halftime on a “hook-and-lateral” play. Kellen Winslow blocked a potential game-winning kick by Miami and the Chargers won in overtime.

1981 NFC Championship Game: 49ers 28, Cowboys 27

San Francisco won on “The Catch,” the play from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark with 58 seconds to go. It was the seventh and final lead change of the game.

1971 AFC Divisional Round: Dolphins 27, Chiefs 24 (2OT)

This epic on Christmas Day remains the longest game in NFL history, and the Chiefs were left kicking themselves after missing field goals at the end of regulation and in overtime.

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