The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 27-24 on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Chiefs started out hot but could not sustain their groove into the second half.
The Chiefs scored a touchdown on their first three possessions. Tyreek Hill started the scoring by catching a 10 yard pass from Patrick Mahomes to put the Chiefs ahead 7-0. The Bengals managed to respond with only an Evan McPherson field goal to end the first quarter with Kansas City ahead 7-3.
The second quarter started much the same way the first quarter did. Travis Kelce caught a five yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to put the Chiefs ahead 14-3 early in the second quarter. The Chiefs scored again when Mahomes found Mecole Hardman on a quick out route from three yards away to put Kansas City ahead 21-3.
Finally, the Bengals broke through and scored a touchdown on a Samaje Perine catch and run touchdown of 41 yards. This touchdown scamper made the score 21-10. The Chiefs pushed the envelope, but they could not score before halftime.
The second half was a completely different story. The Bengals struck first in the third quarter with a McPherson field to make the score 21-13. The Bengals scored again when Joe Burrow found Ja’Marr Chase for a two yard touchdown. The two point conversion tied the game at 21. The third quarter ended with the score knotted at 21.
The first score of the fourth quarter did not come until about six minutes left in the game. McPherson hit yet another field goal to put the Bengals ahead by three. However, Mahomes drove his unit back down the field to tie the game at 24 at the end of regulation and send it into overtime.
The Chiefs won the coin toss but failed to capitalize. Patrick Mahomes was intercepted by Vonn Bell, and that was all the Bengals needed. Joe Burrow led his offensive unit down the field and into possession for another McPherson field goal to send the Cincinnati Bengals.
It was a frustrating finish to the game and to the season for the Kansas City Chiefs. They failed to make the Super Bowl and only scored three points in the second half of today’s game. However, Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and the rest of this strong team will be back next year.