Some Bills fans want to put Sean McDermott through a table this morning.
It wasn’t as much as Josh Allen’s performance and McDermott’s offense or defense that took center stage in the guilt game, but rather McDermott’s decision to kick a couple of less gutty field goals in the loss. which many are questioning this morning – the first, a 3-pointer just before the half that narrows the distance to 21-12, and the second, a third-quarter kick to bring the score to 24-15.
The Buffalo head coach explained after the game his decision not to go for it:
I thought about going for it on both occasions. Maybe if I had to repeat myself, I would have gone for maybe one of them. But that one before the half, I wanted to get points. We had trouble coming up with points, and I wanted to at least have something to show for them to go in the middle, especially knowing they had the ball after the half. I want to look back at this and reevaluate that, especially the one after half here, and as a whole team, we will learn from experience.
To make matters worse, both field games were tested for chip shots: The first was an attempt from the 8-yard line (27-yard test) and the second was offset from the 2-yard line. (20-yard test). Both tests were easily in “go for it” territory.
McDermott’s decision to cut the goal of the pre-match field was met with criticism from around the world, with some labeling coach Bills a “coward” for the kick. Patrick Mahomes and the world’s biggest offense took the ball to start the second half, meaning maybe it should have been a bit of increased urgency to keep pace from Buffalo’s perspective.
The Chiefs scored a proper field goal in their first car of the second half.
Doubtful kicks have been the MOs of NFL leaders during the 2021 NFL playoff season, with McDermott the new posterboy for the Conservative game after the AFC championship game. The score 38-24 did not adequately reflect how far the bold affair was. Earlier in the day, Packers head coach Mike LaFleur was ruled out for his decision to kick a field goal with the NFC championship game hanging on the balance sheet against the Buccaneers.
However, the Chiefs advanced to the Super Bowl and the Bills did not, and McDermott played directly into that result.