Bills aim to upend and replace Chiefs as class of AFC

It is no longer cute to make geography-based wisecracks about how the Bills — not the Jets or Giants — are the best NFL team in New York.

It has stopped being worthy of major celebration when the Bills clinch the AFC East. Is anyone even surprised they won another playoff game?

After 20-plus years as an afterthought, the Bills have transformed, in what feels like an instant, from a feel-good underdog story to having a lot to lose Sunday when they visit the Chiefs in the AFC divisional playoffs at Arrowhead Stadium. They are out of steps forward — other than the ones leading to the Super Bowl.

“Every year is Super Bowl-or-bust,” safety Micah Hyde said. “We want to win a Super Bowl around here. The same held true last year. It holds true this year. That’s what we’re out here playing for. Every year is definitely different, though.”

Take last year, for example. When the Bills’ breakthrough season ended with a loss to the Chiefs, there was solace to be found in winning a playoff game for the first time since 1995 and reaching the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1993.

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It will be harder for the Bills to find a pick-me-up Sunday because the slightly favored Chiefs are beatable. It didn’t seem that way last year in the AFC title game, but since then Kansas City…

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