Team News Coke : The Kansas City Chiefs advance to Super Bowl LVII after a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
After suffering a high ankle sprain last week in the Chiefs’ Divisional Round win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Patrick Mahomes led the team to victory in a back-and-forth game.
Kansas City jumped out to a 6–0 lead after two field goals, and before halftime, Mahomes found his favorite target – tight end Travis Kelce’s touchdown run to take a 13–3 lead. Kelce was listed as questionable coming into the game due to a back injury.
Just before halftime, the Bengals drove down the field and kicked a field goal to cut the deficit to 13–6.
On the Bengals’ first offensive possession of the second half, quarterback Joe Burrows found wide receiver Tee Higgins for a 27-yard touchdown to tie the game at 13. Marquez Valdes-scantling to retake the lead.
The core defensive unit shut down the high-powered Bengals offense until the first play of the fourth quarter.
On fourth down, Burrow drove the ball down the field and found Jammer Chase for a 35-yard strike to move Cincinnati deep into Kansas City territory. Two plays later, the Bengals scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Samaje Perine to tie the game again.
The Chiefs sacked Burrow on third down with the ball back with less than a minute remaining and the score tied at 20. Key returner Skye Moore returned a Bengals punt 29 yards to set up the offense with a good field position.
On third down, Mahomes scrambled and as he went out of bounds, Bengals defensive end Joseph Osai pushed him and was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty that put the Chiefs in field goal range.
Kansas City kicker Harrison Butker nailed a 45-yard field goal to send the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons.
The February 12 finale will mark the first time in history that both teams participating in the Super Bowl will start Black quarterbacks.
Mahomes, who became the third black quarterback to win the Super Bowl in 2020, aims to become the first black quarterback in history to win multiple Super Bowls, while Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts could become the fourth black quarterback to win the Lombardi Trophy.
Earlier in the day, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 31–7, at Lincoln Financial Field 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 the rout of the 49ers.
The 49ers were momentarily left without a rookie after starting quarterback Brock Purdy suffered a right elbow injury in the first quarter on a hit by Eagles linebacker Hassan Reddick that forced a fumble.
Josh Johnson, the fourth-string quarterback for San Francisco, filled in for Purdy until the third quarter before exiting the game with an injury.
Purdy re-entered the game, playing on an injured elbow, but the 49ers’ offense struggled for any points.
Meanwhile, Eagles quarterback Hurts and the Philadelphia run game, ran through the entire 49ers defense, notching 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 the most rushing touchdowns in a single season, including the playoffs, in NFL history, according to NFL Research.