KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 16-10 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Finally, the bleeding stops: It seemed improbable. Arrowhead Stadium has long been a tough place for the Bills to win, even when they were consistently good, let alone in their current state.
However, the Bills managed to pull it off. And by beating the Chiefs, they put an end to one of the ugliest three-game stretches in franchise history.
The Bills did it mainly through a stout performance by their defense, which had struggled badly in losses against the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers. They held the Chiefs to a mere 55 rushing yards. Kareem Hunt, the team's standout rookie running back, finished with only 17 yards on 11 carries.
At 6-5, the Bills, as Sean McDermott told reporters a half-dozen times last Wednesday, are very much "in the hunt."
Tyrod's answer: Regardless of Sunday's outcome, McDermott is going to have a hard time living down the bizarre decision he made to bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor before last week's 54-24 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers. That was because rookie Nathan Peterman threw five first-half interceptions to kill whatever chances the Bills had of coming away with a road win, even after Taylor took over in the second half.
Besides possibly compromising the Bills' postseason hopes, the move also was a major insult to Taylor. Sunday, Taylor responded by generally being solid and efficient, which was enough on a day when the Bills' defense played lights-out against an offense that functioned as if it were in the dark for most of the day.
Hauschka's streak ends: With his missed field-goal attempt from 52 yards with 3:30 left in the second quarter, Stephen Hauschka saw the end to an NFL-record streak of 13 consecutive field goals from 50 yards or longer.
However, with four seconds left, he did connect from 56 yards to give the Bills a 13-3 lead. That also give Hauschka his seventh field goal of 50 yards or longer for the season, breaking the team record of six that Dan Carpenter set in 2014.
Counting the house: There were many empty seats on a pretty nice late November day. Clearly, Chiefs fans didn't have a whole lot of faith in a team that had lost four of its five previous games. Nor were they able to work up a whole lot of excitement for an opponent that had lost its previous three games in lopsided fashion.
Up next: The good news for the Bills is that they begin a three-game home stand next Sunday. The bad news is that it starts against the New England Patriots.