KC Chiefs VS Bengals ReCap

KC Chiefs VS Bengals ReCap

Josh Weishapl, Sports Editor

Kansas City Chiefs v.s. Cincinnati Bengals- The Chiefs looked to reach their third Super Bowl in a row when they faced the Bengals this past Sunday. The game started all Chiefs, as Mahomes and the offense marched down the field and into the red zone four times in the first half, capitalizing on three trips. The first scoring play was a 10-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill on 1st-and-goal. The Bengal’s offense stalled the next drive after making it inside the KC 15 yard line, and they settled for a field goal to make it 7-3. The Kansas City offense would score on their next two drives, touchdown passes to TE Travis Kelce and WR Mecole Hardman, respectively. The Bengals offense would finally hit a big play as a check-down pass from Joe Burrow to RB Samaje Perine would turn into a 42-yard score to make it 21-10. However, the Cincy defense would have to make a crucial stop before halftime, as the KC offense moved down the field quickly, trying to get one more score in. The Chiefs had the ball at the one-yard line with four seconds left before the intermission, and Mahomes threw a screen pass to Hill, which Bengals CB Eli Apple would blow up, thus ending the half. 

The second half started very slow, with both teams stalling out on their first two drives of the third quarter. Finally, Cincinnati broke the scoreless half as they put a 31-yard field goal through the uprights, making it 21-13. On the Chiefs following drive, the Bengals get a gift as a Mahomes throw bounces off the hands and into the arms of Cincy defensive lineman B.J. Hill. The Bengals offense went back to work as Joe Burrow hit WR Ja’marr Chase for a three-yard touchdown pass. Cincinnati would capitalize on the 2-point conversion to tie it up at 21 apiece. Both teams would go on to stall on a few more drives until Bengals kicker Evan McPherson would notch his third field goal of the game while also putting Cincinnati in the driver’s seat, up 24-21. Kansas City would drive down the field at will on their next possession; however, a screw-up from Patrick Mahomes in the red zone forced the Chiefs only to tie the game up before the end, forcing both teams to overtime. Kansas City would end up winning the OT coin toss for the second weekend in a row. However, this time it wouldn’t go as planned. Mahomes would throw an interception on third down, giving the Bengals the ball back. Cincinnati would take advantage of this uncommon error, marching down the field to put Evan McPherson in position to kick the game-winning field goal. And with only five minutes and 38 seconds had gone off the clock in OT, McPherson would nail his 2nd 31-yard kick, in turn sending Cincinnati to their third Super Bowl appearance and their first appearance since 1989.