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The Detroit Lions dream of the Super Bowl. © APA / GREGORY SHAMUS

The Pircher team dreams of a title in the NFL

The Detroit Lions led by South Tyrolean Maximilian Pircher won their home playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs once again prevailed against the Buffalo Bills.

The defending champions won 27:24 in quarterback Patrick Mahomes' first away playoff game on Sunday. The superstar threw two touchdown passes - both to Travis Kelce, whose girlfriend Taylor Swift cheered. The Chiefs will now face the Baltimore Ravens in the American Football Conference final next Sunday. The winner of this game will be in the Super Bowl on February 11th and will play in Las Vegas against the winner of the duel between the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions.

For the Bills, the Chiefs were the final destination in the playoffs for the third time in the past four years. The team around quarterback Josh Allen was the host for the first time, but was unable to take advantage of the home advantage. Buffalo took the lead a total of four times (3:0, 10:3, 17:13 and 24:20), but the Chiefs found an answer each time and made life difficult for the injury-plagued defense. A missed field goal opportunity from 44 yards by Tyler Bass took away all chances for the Bills with 107 seconds left in the game.

Lions continue to surprise

With the Lions up 31:23, Amon-Ra St. Brown contributed the fourth touchdown, securing the preliminary decision six and a half minutes before the end. In a first quarter without any major highlights, there were field goals for both teams and little else to see on offense. The Lions defenders quickly rushed to Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield again and again and pulled him to the ground, but on the other hand the Lions couldn't get into their rhythm.

The Lions' quarterback: Jared Goff © APA / GREGORY SHAMUS

After the score was 10:10 at halftime, that changed after the break. The hosts had the game better and better under control. The touchdowns from Jahmyr Gibbs and St. Brown in the final quarter increased the lead to more than seven points for the first time and created an exuberant atmosphere at Ford Field in Detroit. Maximilian Pircher from Brixen has not yet played in the current season.

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