It’s rematch time in Kansas City Joe Burrow And this Cincinnati Bengals take it Patrick Mahomes And this Leaders Second consecutive season in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium.
The winner advances Super Bowl LVII in Arizona (Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App), where they will face Philadelphia EaglesIt took down San Francisco 49ers, 31-7in the previous NFC title game on FOX.
Here are the highlights!
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Clark grabs Burrow
Frank Clark Ending the Bengals’ opening drive, he overthrew Burrow for a 10-yard loss on third down, forcing Cincinnati to punt.
I don’t know how much impact it has Travis Kelce He would have entered Sunday’s game after injuring his back during Friday’s practice. That didn’t seem to bother him on Kansas City’s opening drive, however, as he struggled with a grab for 16 yards on the Chiefs’ third play.
Catharious Tony came This close For a touchdown catch on the Chiefs’ opening drive. However, Grab was unable to defend as he hit the ground, resulting in an incomplete pass.
Kansas City challenged the play, but the call was upheld on the field. The Chiefs were able to score three points on the drive, as Harrison Budger The next play connected on a 43-yard field goal.
The Bengals’ offensive line struggled early. After allowing a third-down sack on the first drive, the unit gave up sacks on back-to-back plays on the second drive.
Willie K Second down came on second down to make it third and 18. Later, the Chiefs star put on a defensive performance Chris Jones He brought in the sack on the next play — his first sack of the postseason.
The Chiefs were moving the ball down the field again on their second drive of the game. As they entered Bengal’s territory, Kelce made another first-down catch. But immediately after the catch, Kelce tossed the ball to the left Jerick McKinnon. The toss was not clean, but McKinnon fell on it to ensure Kansas City retained possession.
Isiah Pacheco He got into the end zone a few plays later, but the touchdown was wiped off the board due to a holding penalty. So after a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter, the Chiefs again settled for three.
A party of four!
George Carloftis It helped them get their fourth sack on the Bengals’ first three drives.
Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst came close to coming up with a touchdown grab on third down. Burrow’s pass to him in the end zone went through his hands and fell incomplete, giving Cincy a three and making it a 6-3 game.
Directed by MVS
Marquez Valdez-Scandling He tracked Mahomes’ pass as he was running the other way from the ball and hauled in the 29th catch, leading the Chiefs deep into Bengals territory.
The Chiefs decided to go for it on fourth and short. After Mahomes bought time by scrambling around, he found Kelce 1-on-1 in the end zone for the game’s first touchdown, making it 13-3 late in the first half.
Bad Boss Burrow
Burrow made a rare costly mistake just before the two-minute warning in the first half, throwing his intended receiver under pressure. Jaylen Watson The seventh-rounder was the beneficiary of an interception for the second straight game, putting the Chiefs in Bengals territory.
Bengal will get a boost
On third down deep in their own territory, the Bengals looked like they were going to give the ball back before halftime. To make matters worse, Burrow’s pass to Hurst was intercepted and the Chiefs looked like they were getting better field position with the ball. However, the principal security Brian Cook He hit Hurst before the ball got there and drew a pass interference.
Higgins pulls in a deep grip
Dee Higgins He was clutch on the Bengals’ drive before halftime. After a five-yard grab and an 11-yard grab, Higgins caught a pass down the sideline for a 21-yard gain.
The drive stalled there for Cincinnati, but it managed to kick a field goal after halftime to make it 13-6 going into halftime.
Burrow on the move
The Bengals QB used his legs to bring Cincy down on third-and-6 and move deep into Chiefs territory.
Time for tea!
The Bengals were able to force the Chiefs to go three-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, and they took advantage. After Burrow’s first-down scramble on an earlier third down, the Bengals went back to the big game and won. Burrow threw a deep pass to Higgins, who came down with a reception by a pair of Chiefs defenders at the goal line to tie the game at 13-13.
Valdez-Scandling was making a grab in front of the first-down marker on third-and-7, and officials initially called him short. However, Valdez-Scandling went forward and did not get the ball over the marker after the Chiefs challenged the rule on the field.
For the lead!
On another third-down play, Mahomes again found Valdez-Scandling over the middle. This time, the receiver was in the end zone and hauled in the catch while in traffic for a touchdown to give KC a 20-13 lead in the third quarter.
Mahomes makes a huge mistake
The Chiefs star QB was trying to make a screen pass when the ball somehow slipped out of his hands. Sam Hubbard Jumped on it and gave the Bengals the ball around midfield and down seven in the final moments of the third quarter.
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