The Buffalo Bills won 13 regular season games and reached the AFC Championship Game in large part because head coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll never took their foot off the gas, putting faith in Josh Allen's ability to play at an elite level.
For whatever reason, that strategy seems to have been abandoned with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, and Patrick Mahomes standing on the opposing sideline.
Trailing 21-9 in the waning minutes of the first half of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bills elected to kick a 20-yard field goal, rather than going for it on fourth-and-goal on the two-yard line of the defending Super Bowl Champions.
After holding the Chiefs to a field goal on the opening drive of the second half of the game, McDermott decided to again send Tyler Bass and the field goal team onto the field, rather than go for it on fourth-and-three on the Chiefs eight-yard line.
Following the second consecutive conservative drive, the Chiefs, one of the most prolific offenses the league has ever seen, used just over two minutes to go 75 yards for a touchdown, extending their lead to 31-15.
Confused by the Bills deciding to play things safe against Andy Reid's Chiefs? You aren't alone: