[picappgallerysingle id="10098292"]How fitting was it that the winless Buffalo Bills would put a scare into the Chiefs on Halloween? At the end of the day, Chiefs’ coach Todd Haley would give the Bills a trick while kicker Ryan Succop would provide the treat all Chiefs fans were looking for.
Early in the second quarter, Haley made yet another questionable fourth-down decision, one that almost came back to haunt his team and their chances to win. On fourth and one from the Bills 19-yard line, Haley chose a quarterback Matt Cassel pass attempt instead of a Succop chip-shot to take a 3-0 lead. Cassel would get sacked, and the Chiefs would turn the ball over on downs.
Fast forward to the fourth quarter and Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick marched his team down the field, hitting receiver Steve Johnson for a 4-yard touchdown pass on fourth and goal. That touchdown with 2:18 remaining in regulation wouldn’t have meant a thing if the Chiefs were sporting a 10-point lead at the time, but Haley’s earlier decision to forego that second quarter field goal would mean the Chiefs would need to do a little more work in overtime to get the win.
In overtime, the Bills would immediately take the momentum they had generated in the fourth quarter and move down the field to setup a Rian Lindell 53-yard field goal attempt to win the game. Haley would provide his Halloween trick for the Bills by calling timeout right as the ball was being snapped for the field goal attempt. Lindell would drill the kick only to find out he’d have to do it again because of the timeout. His second attempt would hit the right upright and provide the Chiefs new life.
After a roaring right to left wind would trick Succop on his own overtime miss from 39 yards out on the next series, he would give the Chiefs a treat from 35 yards out as time ran out.
The win was another example of a bullet dodged by Haley after another questionable fourth down call, as his team would persevere and move to 5-2. The victory was an important one, as the Chiefs head to Oakland and then Denver for two games that could cement them atop the AFC West.