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--The Chiefs and Bills have faced off three times in the postseason over the past 52 seasons and twice the winner punched its ticket to the Super Bowl. In 1966 season in the AFL Championship Game, the Chiefs won 31-7 and got a berth in the first AFL-NFL Championship Game which later became known as the Super Bowl. At the end of the 1993 season in the AFC Championship Game, the Bills beat Joe Montana and the Chiefs 30-13.

--The last four meetings between the Chiefs and Bills have had a decided Buffalo flavor. The combined score favors the Bills 121-79. In 2008, with Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator of the Chiefs, Buffalo had a 54-31 victory. Last year in the season opening game, Gailey brought the Bills to K.C. and won 41-7.

--Beating the Chiefs is always going to have an extra special meaning to Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey. He was the Kansas City offensive coordinator in 2008 for head coach Herm Edwards and was retained when a regime change happened at Arrowhead Stadium and Todd Haley became head coach. But just after the third preseason game in August 2009, Haley fired Gailey over philosophical differences. Six months later, Gailey was hired to be head coach of the Bills.

--With outside linebacker Tamba Hali back after serving his one-game NFL suspension, can his return be a shot in the arm for a Chiefs defense that started the season with a poor performance against Atlanta? Head coach Romeo Crennel believes his return can help morale. "I think the way he approaches the game and the way he plays down-in and down-out, that impacts the guys around him because I think they want to play up to the level that he plays," Crennel said. "If we can get guys playing up to the level that he plays, then you can lift the team."

26 - That's how many years it's has been since the Chiefs have gone to Buffalo and beaten the Bills. They won that game 20-17 and it was the only Kansas City victory in western New York after 1970.

"You can write the story however you want to write it and explain why, but we lost because we didn't play well enough to win. They did. It's simple." -- Chiefs CB Stanford Routt after losing to Atlanta.

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