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ORCHARD PARK, NY – Brandon Beane said he has not been able to see the full band of the Buffalo Bills’ 42-36 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs outside of the last game. It’s just too early, according to Bills’ general manager.
“It’s painful and still going through it,” Beane said during his 71-minute news conference at the end of the season on Wednesday. “I’m not in a good place. But I’ll go through it and we’ll learn from it, I promise you. There’s a lot of pain in this city and there’s a lot of pain in that building over there and we We will do everything in our power not to let it happen again. “
The loss in the division round marked the second year in a row in which the Bills season ended against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium; last year it was in the AFC Championship Game.
What makes it even more painful this time is that Buffalo – after allowing Kansas City to run down in the final 13 seconds of regulation and kick a matching field goal – did not get a chance to get the ball in overtime.
The current rules allow the game to end with only one team having ball possession in OT if it scores a touchdown on the opening drive. The Chiefs gained possession after winning the coin toss, and walked away with the victory when Patrick Mahomes hit tight-end Travis Kelce with a touchdown pass.
Since the current overtime rules in the playoffs were passed in 2010, the team that won the coin toss has now scored a touchdown on opening possession in seven out of 11 games, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Beane said Wednesday he would step in to see the rules revised.
“At the end of the day, we lost the match the other night. But of course we would have loved it, I think the TV audience would have loved to have seen Josh (Allen) and our offensive get it back.” said Bean. “I would definitely love to see it brought back to the table.
“I’m not saying I have the exact idea, but I think there are some ways to do it. Without going into details, I think there’s a way you can do it in the regular season. , that handles it, but let’s do something in the off-season when it’s all at stake. “
Beane said he has yet to have his meeting at the end of the season with coach Sean McDermott and team owners Kim and Terry Pegula, where the topic is likely to come up.
Matches that take place during long periods of overtime in the regular season are not necessarily practical due to wear and tear on the players’ bodies, but the playoffs are different. Beane noted how the current overtime rule in the 2018 AFC Championship game hurt the Chiefs in their loss to the New England Patriots, and that Kansas City was trying to get the rule changed out of season.
“So maybe there will be more ties in the regular season, but let’s make sure we give both offenses a chance when the season is at stake,” Beane said.
“I’m sure even if it benefited (Chiefs) the other night, I’m sure they would be for. If you have Pat Mahomes, you always want to make sure he gets the ball and we feel it. same about Josh. “
With the game as close as it was and the teams seemingly more equal than last year, Beane believes the Bills are right there with the Chiefs, as they beat in Kansas City in the regular season.
“I really think if we played them 10 times, it’s probably 5-5. And that’s my heart,” Beane said. “They may think differently, that’s how I see it. If we had just finished the match we know, we are not sitting here right now, we are preparing for another one. I think we took some steps in the right direction. direction.”
The Bills finished 11-6 in the regular season, winning back-to-back AFC East titles for the first time since winning four straight from 1988-91. They were led by another strong season from Allen and had the league’s No. 1 defense, which helped destroy the Patriots, 47-17, in the opening round of the playoffs.
The general manager pointed out the season’s second most painful loss – a 9-6 defeat to the Jaguars in Jacksonville – and apologized to the fans while thanking them for staying and showing them love instead of buhge them.
“I mean, I would have bowed us. I bowed myself,” he said.
Beane and McDermott often talk about game management, and they’ll have to learn from Sunday’s end – specifically Kansas City’s tie-breaking drive with just 13 seconds left of regulation. Beane said he would “fix it” if he could, after thinking about the ending “a million times”, but instead he will focus on what they can take from it for the future.
“I’ve learned the most in my life and the most in the five years I’ve been GM about the things I did wrong,” Beane said. “And so we have to learn from not only this match, we have to learn from some of the matches we lost this year. Because like I said, I want to play every playoff match (at home). And you always ask yourself, “What if Kansas City had to come here? How would it have been?” The benefit of playing at home in January, getting up here in the cold, the elements, whatever it is.
“We’ll definitely be looking at everything that went right this year, but we’ll take a hard look at everything that went wrong, including the last 13 seconds.”