Sean McDermott panned for puzzling decisions to kick field goals

The decisions ended up costing Buffalo a chance at returning to the Super Bowl

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 seemed 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 4th-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 again, rather than go for it on 4th-and-3 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:

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