Bengals overcome 18 Point Deficit to Advance to Super Bowl LVI
For the first time since 1988, the Cincinnati Bengals are heading to the Super Bowl.
The Kansas City Chiefs stormed out to a commanding 21-3 lead in the first half, thanks to 3 touchdown passes by Patrick Mahomes. The passes were to Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Mecole Hardman.
Joe Burrow and the offense were struggling to find their rhythm in the first half through the air. However, a late screen pass to running back Samaje Perine for 41 yards closed the gap to 21-10.
The Chiefs got the ball back with a minute left and got all the way to the goal line. But they were snuffed out as a screen pass to Tyreek Hill was stopped by Eli Apple as time expired.
In the second half, the Chiefs struggled to get anything going offensively. Mahomes was under constant duress and found little success through the air. After 2 straight punts, Mahomes followed that up with an interception to B.J. Hill.
Following the interception, an amazing 2 yard touchdown catch by Ja'Mar Chase and a 2 point conversion tied the game at 21-21.
In the fourth quarter, the Bengal defense continued to hold down the fort, sacking Mahomes 3 times and playing ballhawk defense.
The momentum swung completely in favor of the Bengals following an Evan Mcpherson 52-yard field goal to take a 24-21 lead.
The Chiefs were able to drive the ball down the field and kick a 44 yard field goal as time expired. Making the game go into overtime.
Kansas City won the toss and got the first crack in overtime. Would it be deja vu from last week? No. Patrick Mahomes once again struggled to find his receivers and threw a pick on third down by safety Vonn Bell, giving Joe Burrow the ball back.
Burrow and the Bengals made crucial plays and got themselves in field goal range. McPherson did the rest, making a 31 yard field goal to send the Bengals to the Super Bowl.
The Bengals now await the winner of the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams to see who they will face at Super Bowl LVI.