AFC Championship Recap

Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs:

The Cincinnati Bengals are going to the Super Bowl after 33 years and the city couldn’t be any more excited and ready. The Bengals were big underdogs as they were going against the best remaining seed in all of the playoffs.

The game started out rough for the Bengals as they went down eighteen in the second quarter. The defense was playing bad and the offense wasn’t able to push the ball down the field. It was looking like the Bengals dream run was going to end, but with under two minutes left in the first half Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, hit running back Samaje Perine on a screen play that went for a forty-one yard touchdown to cut the lead down to eleven. The Chiefs got the ball back with a little over a minute left. This drive is the turning point of the game and what changes all of the momentum leading on.

The Chiefs drive all the way down to the one yard line of the Bengals. The Chiefs had no timeouts left and had only five seconds left. Patrick Mahomes threw a pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill who then got tackled a yard short in bounds by cornerback Eli Apple to end the half and prevent the Chiefs from scoring any point on that drive. Patrick Mahomes went on to throw two interceptions later on in the game, one to defensive lineman BJ Hill and safety Vonn Bell. The Bengals defense held the Chiefs to three points for the rest of the game. They sacked Patrick Mahomes three times and forced a fumble on him in the second half. The Bengals went on to score thirteen unanswered points throughout the whole game until the final five minutes when the Chiefs got the ball. Patrick Mahomes drove down the field and the Chiefs’ drive came to a halt. They were inside the ten yard line when the Bengals stopped them on first down and then sacked Patrick Mahomes on second and third down. The Chiefs settled for a field goal to make the score 24-24 going into the end of regulation. 

The Chiefs won the coin toss and chose to receive the ball, but the drive just never got going as they were stopped on first and second down with the drive then ending in a Patrick Mahomes interception. The Bengals got the ball and then drove down to kick a thirty one yard field goal to win the game for the Bengals 27-24. The Bengals will be facing the Rams in the Super Bowl and are looking to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

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