It’s rematch time in Kansas City, as Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals meet Patrick Mahomes and the players. Kings at Arrowhead Stadium in the AFC Championship game for the second consecutive season.
The winner will advance Super Bowl LVII in Arizona (Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App), where they will face Philadelphia Eagleswhich it downloaded San Francisco 49ers31-7, in the NFC title game earlier on FOX.
Here are the big ones!
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Clark grabs Burrow
Frank Clark ended the Bengals’ opening drive when he sacked Burrow for a 10-yard loss on third down, forcing Cincinnati to punt.
It is not known what the impact is Travis Kelce He would have participated in Sunday’s game, because he injured his back during Friday’s practice. It didn’t seem to bother him on Kansas City’s opening drive, however, as he caught and ran for 16 yards on the Chiefs’ third play of the game.
Kadarius Toney came near this for a touchdown on the Chiefs’ opening drive. However, he was unable to carry the eagle as it hit the ground, rendering it incomplete.
Kansas City contested the play, but the on-field call was upheld. The Chiefs were able to score three points on the drive, when Harrison Butker connected on a 43-yard field goal on the next play.
Bengal’s batting line-up faced difficulties early on. After allowing the third sack under the first drive, the team left the sacks on the back-to-back plays on the second drive.
Willie Gay came up with a second down on second down to make it third and 18. Then, Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones came up with a 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. When he joined the Bengals, Kelce also worked as a starter. But as soon as he made it, Kelce threw the ball to Jerick McKinnon’s left. The throw was not clean, but McKinnon fell on it to ensure Kansas City would keep it.
Isiah Pacheco drove into the end zone a few plays later, but the touchdown was taken off the board due to a holding penalty. So the Chiefs settled for three more, giving them a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Four is a party!
George Karlaftis made an entertaining run for the Chiefs, helping them get their fourth sack in the Bengals’ first three plays of the game.
Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst was close enough to come up with a third down touchdown. Burrow’s pass to him at the end went through his hands and failed, forcing Cincy to settle for three and make it a 6-3 game.
MVS on the go
Marques Valdez-Scantling followed a pass from Mahomes as he ran the other side of the ball and scampered 29 yards to put the Chiefs in Bengals territory.
The Chiefs elected to go for it on fourth and short and the decision paid off. After Mahomes bought time and hung around, he found Kelce 1-on-1 late in the game to make it 13-3 late in the first half.
Bad going for Burrow
Burrow made a serious mistake two minutes before he was booked in the first half when he taunted his host because he was under pressure. Jaylen Watson was the beneficiary of the toss as the seventh player recorded a touchdown for the second consecutive game, putting the Chiefs in Bengal territory.
The Bengals gain momentum
On third down in their own zone, the Bengals looked like they were about to give the ball back to the Chiefs before halftime. To make matters worse, Chiefs looked to be on the brink of possession when Burrow crossed to Hurst. However, Chiefs safety Bryan Cook hit Hurst before the ball arrived, causing a fumble.
Higgins takes a deep shot
Tee Higgins was the Bengals’ quarterback on their drive before halftime. After five catches and 11 yards, Higgins scampered down the sidelines for a 21-yard gain to move the Bengals to the Chiefs’ 5-yard line.
The drive stalled there for Cincinnati, but they managed to kick a field goal as the half ended to take a 13-6 lead into halftime.
Burrow while walking
The Bengals QB used his legs to get Cincy a first down on third and 6 and drive deep into Chiefs territory.
The Bengals were able to force the Chiefs to go three-and-out on the opening drive of the second quarter and took advantage. After Burrow’s first fumble on third down, the Bengals went in search of a big play and succeeded. Burrow threw a deep pass to Higgins, who came down and received a Chiefs defender at the goal line to tie the game at 13-13.
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