NFL Penalizes Chiefs L’Jarius Sneed Post Bills Playoff Victory

Chiefs' Playoff Triumph Marks Record-Breaking Performance.

by Nouman Rasool
NFL Penalizes Chiefs L’Jarius Sneed Post Bills Playoff Victory
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In a thrilling AFC Divisional Round, the Kansas City Chiefs narrowly edged out the Buffalo Bills with a 27-24 victory, setting the stage for a dramatic showdown in the upcoming AFC Championship Game. This hard-fought win, however, was not without its aftermath for Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, who found himself facing an unexpected challenge off the field: a mandatory drug test by the NFL.

Post-game, Sneed disclosed through a social media post, previously known as Twitter, his selection for the drug test, expressing his frustration with the repeated procedure. This move by the NFL is generally perceived as a nod to players who exhibit exceptional performance.

Sneed, along with the Chiefs' defensive lineup, played a pivotal role in curtailing the impact of Bills' star receiver Stefon Diggs, limiting him to a mere 3 catches for 21 yards. Notably, this is the second instance this season where the Chiefs have successfully restricted Diggs to under 30 yards.

Such defensive prowess has been a cornerstone of the Chiefs' journey to their sixth consecutive AFC Championship Game.

Mahomes-Kelce Historic Duo

The game itself was a riveting exchange of strategic plays and athletic excellence.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes showcased his skill, completing 17 out of 23 passes for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns, maintaining a clean sheet with zero turnovers. His agility was also on display with 19 yards gained over 6 carries.

Tight end Travis Kelce emerged as Mahomes's primary target, securing 5 of 6 passes for 75 yards and snagging both touchdown passes. This duo's synergy etched their names in NFL history, breaking the record for the most touchdowns by a quarterback and tight end in NFL postseason history.

On the ground, running back Isiah Pacheco made significant contributions, rushing 15 times for 97 yards, averaging an impressive 6.4 yards per carry, and scoring a touchdown. The Chiefs' defense, while not registering turnovers or sacks, strategically contained Bills quarterback Josh Allen, limiting his average completion to 4.8 yards and thwarting key passes in the crucial final quarter.

With this victory, the Chiefs are set to face the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, a matchup that promises high stakes and intense competition. The victor of this game will secure a spot in Super Bowl LVIII, slated to be held in Las Vegas.

The anticipation is palpable as the AFC Championship Game is scheduled for Sunday, January 28 at 2 p.m. Central Time. Fans can catch the action live on CBS, where the Chiefs will look to continue their formidable postseason run.

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