AFC Championship Game – Live Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs Live Updates

Will the Kansas City Chiefs make three straight trips to the Super Bowl, or will second-year quarterback Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals prevail in what promises to be a high-scoring showdown?

While Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes has experience on his side, Burrow is the fifth player in the last 30 seasons to appear in a conference championship game while leading the NFL in both scoring percentage completion and yards per attempt (including playoffs). So yeah, he’s pretty good at this football thing.

We’ve got you covered with all the action as Cincinnati tries to win its first AFC title since 1988, and Mahomes & Co. looks to retain the crown in Kansas City.


Q4

Evan McPherson isn’t your average rookie kicker — he’s made the most playoff field goals by a rookie kicker in NFL history. With his FG in the first quarter, McPherson overtook Stephen Gostkowski (8 in 2006) for the record.

His 52 yards give the Bengals a 24-21 lead in the fourth quarter.


Q3

Bengals defensive tackle BJ Hill was the catalyst for a familiar connection in the end zone: Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase. A 2 point conversion later and we suddenly have a draw.

Chase now holds the record for most receiving yards by a rookie in the playoffs in NFL history.

Huge game. The game’s first turnover — the second interception Mahomes has ever thrown at home in the playoffs — comes courtesy of Hill.


Q2

Come for Bengals RB Samaje Perine’s 41-yard TD run and stay for Ja’Marr Chase with the header block. Cincinnati runs 70 yards down the field to make it a 21-10 game before halftime.

Three touchdowns, three different receivers. Mahomes is, in fact, in his bag. The QB completes Kansas City’s third offensive drive (yeah, he threw a score on every one of his team’s drives) with a throw to Mecole Hardman, who finds the end zone to make it a 21-3 game.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Mahomes has never lost by taking a lead of 15 or more points (37-0, including the playoffs).

While we’re talking about relevant stats, it’s also worth mentioning that according to Elias Sports Bureau, the Chiefs are the first team to score touchdowns in their first three drives in a Conference Championship game or Super Bowl since the 1994 season. (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIX).

Mahomes goes Mahomes. It’s unclear which is more predictable at this point: Mahomes displaying an unparalleled ability to scramble, or the QB finding Travis Kelce in the end zone. Either way, the Chiefs started the second quarter with another touchdown to make it a 14-3 game.


Q1

Mahomes wasted no time bringing the Chiefs onto the board. The 26-year-old found one of his favorite targets, Tyreek Hill, in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown. The catch marks Cheetah’s fifth career playoff reception.

And this one will not be a shutout. Cincinnati gets a field goal from the hero of the Bengals’ Divisional Round victory, extremely confident kicker Evan McPherson, with less than a minute left in the first quarter to make it 7-3.


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