The winner will advance to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona (Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App), where they’ll face the Philadelphia Eagleswhich took down the san francisco 49ers, 31-7in the NFC title game earlier on FOX.
Here are the highlights!
Clark catches Burrow
Frank Clark put an end to the Bengals’ opening drive when he dropped Burrow for a 10-yard loss on third down, forcing Cincinnati to punt.
It was unknown how much of an impact Travis Kelce would have entering Sunday’s game, as he suffered a back injury during Friday’s practice. It didn’t appear to bother him on Kansas City’s opening drive, however, as he made a grab and fought for 16 yards on the Chiefs’ third play of the game.
Kadarius Toney came this close to making a touchdown catch on the Chiefs’ opening drive. However, he wasn’t able to secure the grab as he hit the ground, making it an incomplete pass.
Kansas City challenged the play, but the call on the field was upheld. The Chiefs were able to get three points on the drive though, as Harrison Butker connected on a 43-yard field goal on the next play.
The Bengals’ offensive line faced trouble early. After allowing a third-down sack on the first drive, the unit gave up sacks on back-to-back plays on the second drive.
The Chiefs were moving the ball down the field again on their second drive of the game. As they made their way into Bengals territory, Kelce made another first-down grab. But right after making the catch, Kelce tossed the ball to his left to Jerick McKinnon. The toss wasn’t clean, but the McKinnon fell on it to make sure that Kansas City retained possession.
Isiah Pacheco made his way into the end zone a few plays later, but the touchdown was wiped off the board due to a holding penalty. So the Chiefs settled for three again, giving them a 6-0 lead at the beginning of the second quarter.
Four’s a party!
George Karlaftis got in the sacking fun for the Chiefs, helping them get their fourth sack in the Bengals’ first three drives of the game.
Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst was so close to coming up with a touchdown grab on third down. Burrow’s pass to him in the end zone went through his hands and fell incomplete, forcing Cincy to settle for three and make it a 6-3 game.
M-V-S on the move
Marques Valdez-Scantling tracked a pass from Mahomes while he was running in the other direction from the ball and hauled in a 29-yard catch to get the Chiefs deep into Bengals’ territory.
The Chiefs opted to go for it on fourth-and-short and the decision paid off. After Mahomes bought time by scrambling around, he found Kelce 1-on-1 in the end zone for the game’s first touchdown to make it 13-3 late in the first half.
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