The Buffalo Bills needed to win this way. Not with a blowout filled with highlight-reel splash plays. Not with reserves playing meaningless minutes as the game clock ticked down in the fourth quarter. It had to be like this with Josh Allen trying to make critical plays, his receivers coming up with big catches and Von Miller wreaking havoc when Patrick was looking to create his all too familiar brand of magic.

The Bills got the win they wanted in Kansas City, beating the Chiefs by 24-20 on Sunday afternoon. How they ultimately earned that victory said far more than the result itself. Three of Buffalo’s first four wins of the season came by an average margin of 30 points. The odds of them beating the Chiefs that soundly weren’t good coming in and it’s more beneficial to their long-term goals that it didn’t go that way. The Bills are the best team in the NFL. If they want to still be able to make that claim at the end of the season, they need to win games like this against teams like this. The most fulfilling aspect of Sunday’s contest had to be Buffalo seeing its prized offseason acquisition, Miller, pressuring Mahomes to the point that the quarterback threw the game clinching interception to Bills cornerback Taron Johnson with less than a minute remaining.