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Ja’Marr Chase scored three touchdowns and posted an NFL rookie record of 266 yards received to lead the Bengals to a dramatic comeback win against the Chiefs, who miss a chance to block the # 1 seed. 1 in the AFC

Last updated: 02/01/22 22:10

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The highlights of the week 17 clash between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs

The highlights of the week 17 clash between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs

Evan McPherson kicked a 20-yard basket when time ran out as the Cincinnati Bengals overcame a 14-point deficit to clinch the AFC North title with a 34-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Game history

Ja’Marr Chase scored three touchdowns, including 72 and 69 yards, finishing with an NFL rookie record of 266 yards received as an inexorable thorn for the Chiefs, who squandered the opportunity to block the No. 1 in the AFC.

Choice No. 5 of the overall standings made a crucial 30-yard hold on line 3 and 27 to keep Cincinnati’s decisive push alive, before the Bengals were denied at the yard line on seven consecutive plays in the last two minutes only to be saved by a penalty that gave them a new series of downs and created the eventual McPherson winner after an unsuccessful fourth and call.

A win elsewhere for the Tennessee Titans over the Miami Dolphins means they can snatch the top spot in the conference from Andy Reid’s team with a win over the Houston Texans in week 18 after beating Kansas City earlier in the season.

Cincinnati Bengals rookie Evan McPherson kicks a winning field goal and makes Bengals AFC North Division champions

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Cincinnati Bengals rookie Evan McPherson kicks a winning field goal and makes Bengals AFC North Division champions

Cincinnati Bengals rookie Evan McPherson kicks a winning field goal and makes Bengals AFC North Division champions

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Joe Burrow finished 30 of 39 for 446 yards and four touchdowns overnight, while counterpart Patrick Mahomes scored 26 of 35 for two touchdowns as Kansas City’s eight-game streak drew to a close.

The Bengals first took the lead in the contest with 11.44 remaining when Burrow floated a five-yard touchdown to Tyler Boyd for 31-28.

Chase’s 69-yard score had scored the only points of the third quarter, bringing the Bengals to four of the Chiefs after trailing 14-0 and then 21-7 before half-time.

Mahomes finished the first of four consecutive halftime touchdowns for the Chiefs with a 29-yard dagger on Demarcus Robinson after Blake Bell turned on fourth and one, before Travis Kelce’s three-yard receipt on stealth doubled the Kansas City advantage.

See all the catches made by wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals during his 266-yard game in week 17 of the 2021 season

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See all the catches made by wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals during his 266-yard game in week 17 of the 2021 season

See all the catches made by wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals during his 266-yard game in week 17 of the 2021 season

In a year where defenses adopted two deep cover as a means of countering the likes of Chase downfield, Burrow’s old teammate reminded everyone of his explosiveness yards after the catch with an astounding 72-yard catch-and- run to halve the deficit.

Eli Apple was punished for dropping a potential interception when Darrel Williams struck another one from a yard after Mahomes found Mecole Hardman on the sideline for 53 yards.

But Chase is back, who captured an 18-yard touchdown on Chavarius Ward, who endured a miserable day against the rookie after coming out second in a nearly identical matchup two games earlier.

Williams ‘one-yard run second score extended the Chiefs’ lead before McPherson’s 46-yard field goal pulled back three for the Bengals, leaving them 28-17 behind at half-time.

The Bengals beat the Chiefs 17-3 in the second half after Kansas City saw the return of Byron Pringle’s kickoff for a touchdown canceled before half-time due to a penalty against Zayne Anderson.

Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase crosses the Chiefs defense for this 72-yard touchdown

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Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase crosses the Chiefs defense for this 72-yard touchdown

Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase crosses the Chiefs defense for this 72-yard touchdown

Leading statistics

leaders

  • Passing: Patrick Mahomes, 26/35, 259 yards, 2 TD
  • Race: Darrel Williams, 14 transports, 88 yards, 2 TDs
  • Reception: Hardman Mecules, one catch, 53 yards
Demarcus Robinson, wide receiver of the Kansas City Chiefs, receives a pass from Mahomes TD from 29 yards to open the scoring against the Bengals

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Demarcus Robinson, wide receiver of the Kansas City Chiefs, receives a pass from Mahomes TD from 29 yards to open the scoring against the Bengals

Demarcus Robinson, wide receiver of the Kansas City Chiefs, receives a pass from Mahomes TD from 29 yards to open the scoring against the Bengals

Bengali

  • Passes: Joe Burrow, 30/39, 446 yards, 4 TD
  • Race: Joe Mixon, 12 courses, 46 yards
  • Reception: Ja’Marr Chase, 11 tricks, 266 yards, 3 TDs

Score summary

Score summary

FIRST FOURTH
heads 7-0 Bengalis Patrick Mahomes goes from 29 yards TD to Demarcus Robinson (extra point)
heads 14-0 Bengalis Patrick Mahomes goes from three yards to Travis Kelce (extra point)
heads 14-7 Bengalis Joe Burrow goes from 72 yard TD to Ja’Marr Chase (extra point)
SECOND FOURTH
heads 21-7 Bengalis Darrel Williams 1 yard on TD run (extra point)
heads 21-14 Bengalis Joe Burrow goes from 18 yard TD to Ja’Marr Chase (extra point)
heads 28-14 Bengalis Darrel Williams 1 yard on TD run (extra point)
leaders 28-17 Bengalis Evan McPherson to basket from 46 yards
THIRD QUARTER
leaders 28-24 Bengalis Joe Burrow pass from 69 yards to Ja’Marr Chase (extra point)
FOURTH FOURTH
leaders 28-31 Bengalis Joe Burrow passes five-yard TD to Tyler Boyd (extra point)
heads 31-31 Bengalis Harrison Butker field goal from 34 yards
heads 31-34 Bengalis Evan McPherson 20-yard basket

What’s next?

The Chiefs (11-5) complete the regular season away against the Denver Broncos, while the Bengals (10-6) visit the Cleveland Browns.

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