The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium by a score of 34-31 in a shootout from start to finish.
After both teams went three and out on their first possession, the Chiefs managed to strike first. Patrick Mahomes found Demarcus Robinson for a 29-yard touchdown pass. The Harrison Butker extra point put the Chiefs up 7-0. After another stop by the Kansas City defense, Mahomes and company drove back down the field and completed the drive with a Travis Kelce touchdown reception. The Harrison Butker extra point made the score 14-0. The Bengals quickly responded when Joe Burrow connected with Ja’Marr Chase for a catch and run touchdown of 72 yards. The extra point made the score 14-7.
The Chiefs quickly responded to begin the second quarter. Mahomes found Mecole Hardman for a third and long conversion, which was then followed by a Darrell Williams one yard rushing touchdown. Butker completed the extra point to put the Chiefs ahead 21-7. The Bengals responded again with another Chase touchdown reception to make the score 21-14. The Chiefs would not be denied, however, as Williams found the end zone for the second time, also from one yard out. This touchdown and extra point made the score 28-14. The Bengals added a field goal to make the halftime score 28-17.
The Kansas City offense slowed down dramatically in the third quarter. They were unable to score in the third quarter. On the other side, the Bengals managed a touchdown to bring them within four at 28-24.
The Bengals also struck first in the fourth quarter to go ahead by a score of 31-28. The Chiefs would respond, however, when Harrison Butker hit a 34-yard field goal to tie the game. However, the Chiefs would not get the ball back. The Bengals drained the clock and kicked a walk-off field at the end of regulation.
It was a tale of two halves for the Kansas City offense. They did not score a touchdown and only managed three points in the entirety of the second half. Darrell Williams did have a fantastic day, rushing for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Give credit to Cincinnati in keeping both Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill in check.
Next week, the Chiefs travel to Denver with an opportunity to clinch that number one seed in the playoffs and earn a much needed bye week.