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Bengals Beat Chiefs in Overtime to Reach Super Bowl 2022

by The Black Wall Street Times
Lamar Hunt, Joe Burrow
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The Kansas City Chiefs’ quest for the Super Bowl has come to an end. The Cincinnati Bengals head to Super Bowl 2022.

After falling behind by 18 points, the Bengals stormed back to beat the Chiefs in overtime of the AFC Championship to advance to their first Super Bowl since 1989.

Vonn Bell picked off Patrick Mahomes just 14 seconds into overtime, allowing Evan McPherson to kick a 31-yard field goal to win it for Cincinnati.

Kansas City won the overtime coin toss, but the Bengals defense stepped up to deny them a third straight trip to the Super Bowl.

The Bengals will face either the Rams or 49ers in Super Bowl LVI.

“If you would have told me before the season that we’d be going to the Super Bowl, I probably would have called you crazy,” Burrow said. “But then we played a whole season and nothing surprises me now.”

As time expired, the Chiefs still managed a field goal by Harrison Butker to tie the game 24-24 and send it into overtime.

With 6:04 left in regulation, McPherson kicked a 52-yard field goal to put Cincinnati up 24-21, breaking a stretch of 21 unanswered Bengals points.However, the Chiefs could have done much better. At 1:28 left in regulation, the Bengals had just taken their second timeout and had first-and-goal from the 5. The Bengals’ defensive end Sam Hubbard forced a field goal after sacking Mahomes twice within a matter of seconds after Mahomes ran a 1-yard run.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A Missed Opportunity for Super Bowl 2022

In addition, the Chiefs missed their second opportunity to score a touchdown in a half on Sunday.
With 61 seconds left in the first half, the Chiefs were up 21-10.
In the closing seconds, Mahomes led them down the field thanks to a defensive pass interference by former Giant Eli Apple.

With five seconds left in the half, Apple took down Tyreek Hill on a screen pass, preventing the Chiefs from landing a knockout punch in the end zone. The Chiefs had no more timeouts but tried one last play.

In the second half, the Bengals’ defense maintained its momentum.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass to running back Jerick McKinnon (1) during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

In the third quarter, the Bengals forced two punts from the Chiefs on their first two drives, and on their second drive, they added a field goal of 31 yards to cut the deficit to 21-13.

Initially drafted by the Giants, former defensive lineman BJ Hill made the big play by tripping a Mahomes pass and intercepting it himself.

Five plays later, Burrow connected with Ja’Marr Chase for a 2-yard touchdown.

With 14 seconds left in the third quarter, the Bengals converted the two-point conversion to tie the game 21-21.

As in Week 17, the Bengals came back against the Chiefs after facing an 11-point halftime deficit and won on a McPherson field goal as time expired.

In the second half of Sunday’s game, they destroyed Mahomes.

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