Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime in AFC title game, to advance to their first Super Bowl in 33 years. They (13-7) will play the winner of the NFC championship between San Francisco and the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl in Los Angeles on February 13 local time.
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Mahomes and the Chiefs (14-6) will be left to lament blowing a chance at a third straight Super Bowl appearance.
The Bengals covered up an 18-point first half deficit.
It was Evan McPherson’s 31-yard field gial with about 9:22 minutes left in overtime that sealed the game for the Bengals. After that QB Joe Burrow and co kept their cool keep possession and manage to secure a the AFC championship game.
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Erasing the first-half deficit to take a late 24-21 lead, the Bengals were chanrging. But Harrison Butker’s 44-yard field goal as time expired in regulation sent it to overtime.
One week after Buffalo’s Josh Allen called tails and it came up heads for the overtime coin toss — giving Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs the ball — Cincinnati backup quarterback Brandon Allen called heads and the coin came up tails. The Chiefs opened overtime again with the ball, but Vonn Bell intercepted Mahomes on the third play, and Burrow and the Bengals took over.
And now they’re heading to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1989.
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After the game, Bengals QB Joe Burrow said, “It’s something I’m really proud of, being from Ohio… this is something I’ve always wanted: playing in the Super Bowl. The weirdest thing about this is that he’s completely calm while he says it. Maybe that’s the key to his success under unimaginable pressure.”
“We have a special team. We’re not done yet,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said.