The Kansas City Chiefs advance to Super Bowl LVII after a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
After suffering a sprained ankle last week in the Division Chief’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Patrick Mahomes led the team to a home-and-away victory.
Kansas City took a 6-0 lead after two field goals and before halftime Mahomes found his favorite target – tight end Travis Kelsey to take a 13-3 lead. Kelsey was listed as a doubt to play coming from the match due to a back injury.
Just before halftime, the Bengals drove down the field and kicked a field goal to cut the lead to 13-6.
On the Bengals’ first offensive possession of the second half, quarterback Joe Burrow found wide receiver Ty Higgins for 27 yards to tie the game at 13. Marques Valdes-Scantling to take the lead at right wingback.
The Chiefs defensive unit shut down the Bengals’ high-powered offense until the first play of the fourth quarter.
On fourth down, Burrow punted the ball down field and found Ja’Marr Chase for a 35-yard strike to move Cincinnati deeper into Kansas City territory. Two plays later, the Bengals scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Samaji Perrin to tie the game again.
The Chiefs sacked Burrow on third down to give them the ball back with less than a minute left and tie the score at 20. Kickback Skyy Moore returned a Bengals punt 29 yards to set up the offense with a good field position. On third down, Mahomes hurried out and out of bounds, was pushed by Bengals defensive end Joseph Usai and called for an unnecessary 15-yard rough kick that put the Chiefs within goal range.
Kansas City kicker Harrison Butker kicked the 45-yard field goal to put the Chiefs back in the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons.
The final game on February 12 will mark the first time in history that the two rival Super Bowl teams will start with black running backs.
Mahomes, who became the third black quarterback to win a Super Bowl in 2020, aims to become the first black quarterback in history to win multiple Super Bowls, while Jalen Hurts, a black quarterback, may become the fourth black quarterback to win the Lombardi Trophy.
earlier in the day, The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the San Francisco 49ers31-7, at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia, to advance to the Championship Game for the first time since the 2017-18 season.
The Eagles scored on their first possession and never looked back in defeating the 49ers.
The 49ers were momentarily left without a starter starting quarterback Brock Purdy after suffering a right elbow injury in the first quarter, after Eagles linebacker Hasson Reddick forced a fumble. Josh Johnson, San Francisco’s fourth quarterback, filled in for Purdy until the third quarter before being ruled out of the game with a concussion.
Playing on the injured elbow, Purdy returned to the game but the 49ers offense struggled to pick up any points.
Meanwhile, Eagles quarterback Hurts and Philadelphia’s All-Stars ran on the 49ers defense, recording 148 rushing yards and scoring all four touchdowns on the ground. With his rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, Hurts (15) passed Cameron Newton (14) for most rushing touchdowns in a single season by a QB in NFL history, including playoffs, According to NFL Research.
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