KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 30: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is all smiles on the podium after the AFC Championship game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs on Jan 30, 2022 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

Joe Burrow and Bengals Are AFC Champions

Many people outside of Cincinnati might be surprised to see the Bengals make it to the Super Bowl to represent the AFC, but for Burrow this falls into the category of expectation for himself and his team. In the end, all he does is win!

Big Game Burrow

Often referred to as ‘Joe Cool’ due to his consistently calm and confident demeanor during even the most pressure packed moments, Burrow lived up to his nickname and absolutely balled out in a big way during his first ever AFC Championship appearance, finishing the game with 250 yards passing yards and 2 touchdowns.

Another Slow Start for Cinci

Much like when these two teams played during the regular season, Patrick Mahommes and the Kansas City Chiefs managed to jump ahead to an early lead, and were winning 21-3 with 5:04 remaining in the second quarter.

At this point, Burrow and the Bengals managed to put together a drive that ended with a huge 41 yard catch and run for a touchdown by Samaje Perrine, making it 21-10 with a minute remaining in the first half.

Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve

Prior to the Perrine touchdown, the Chiefs had all the momentum on their side. Following the touchdown, they had an opportunity to immediately get that momentum back when they quickly marched down the field and had 1st & goal with the ball at the 1 yard line with 9 seconds to go in the half.

Rather than trying for the easy 3 points to end the half at 24-10, the Chiefs instead attempted to score a touchdown but were unsuccessful in their efforts, ending the first half with a score of 21-10.

Who knows if everything else plays out the same, but it is worth noting that when the Chiefs kicked a late field goal to force overtime, that kick could have been to win the game had they simply taken the 3 points to close out the first half. A classic could’ve, would’ve, should’ve moment for Kansas City.

Defensive Adjustments

Not sure what changes the Bengals made at half time of the game, but whatever it was it totally worked, AGAIN! For the second time this season the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense held Patrick Mahommes and the Chiefs offense to only 3 second half points.

That’s right, in two games this season the Kansas City Chiefs scored a combined 49 first half points, but only managed a total of 6 second half points in those games.

Super Bowl Redemption Was Close

The Cincinnati Bengals have been to the Super Bowl twice in the franchise’s history, both of which resulted in losses to the San Francisco 49ers. Ironically, the 49ers were incredibly close to meeting the Bengals in the Super Bowl for a third time.

The 49ers entered the final quarter of the NFC Championship game with a 17-7 lead over the Rams, though they ultimately blew the lead, losing the game 20-17.

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