The Cincinnati Bengals stunned the two-time defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs by rallying down from 18 points to force overtime, where they triumphed on a 33-yard Evan McPherson field goal.
Cincinnati trailed 21-3 late in the second quarter, but a Joe Burrow touchdown to Samaje Perine cut the lead, and the Bengals stonewalled the Chiefs to end the first half. In the second half, Cincinnatis defense buckled down on Patrick Mahomes, holding him without a score after he threw three in the first two quarters.
The Bengals lost the coin flip, but Vonn Bells interception off a Jessie Bates III deflection gave Cincinnati the ball with the opportunity to score.
Bengals-Chiefs score: Tied at 21-21 with 0:14 left in the third quarter
Do we have another down-to-the-wire playoff game?
After B.J. Hills interception, the Bengals turned to their star target in JaMarr Chase. The record-setting rookie hauled in a 17-yard catch and then 2-yard touchdown reception.
Joe Burrow then found the two-point conversion to tie the game.
Cincinnati got the game-changing play it needed in the form of a Kansas City turnover.
Patrick Mahomes pass was deflected by defensive tackle B.J. Hill, who then hauled in the pick to set up the Bengals at the 26-yard line.
Bengals-Chiefs score: Cincinnati stuns Kansas City with 27-24 win in overtime
After rallying from down 18 points to force overtime, Cincinnati beat the two-time defending AFC champions on Evan McPhersons 33-yard field goal.
The Bengals now head to their first Super Bowl in 33 years and will face the winner of the NFC championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.
Well, maybe well go one week without an overtime rules debate.
The Bengals lost the coin flip but came up with a huge interception of Patrick Mahomes on the opening drive of the extra period.
Jessie Bates III deflected a pass that Vonn Bell secured.
Bengals-Chiefs score: Kansas City 14-3 with 12:14 remaining in second quarter
The Chiefs are confounding the Bengals defense early.
After starting off the second drive with a 31-yard connection to Mecole Hardman, Patrick Mahomes pulled out a bit more of his patented magic. On third-and-2 from the Bengals 5-yard line, Mahomes twirled around in the pocket to evade the rush, rolled right and found Travis Kelce for a touchdown.
Kansas City now has scored on six straight possessions dating back to its game against the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round.
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