KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are going to their fifth Super Bowl.
A 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship cemented their name in the biggest football game of the year.
After a 13-6 first half dominated by the Chiefs’ defense, Kansas City’s miscues helped the Bengals hang around in the second half.
A three-and-out helped the Bengals tie the game at 13 in the third quarter and a Mahomes fumble helped the Bengals tie the game at 20 in the fourth quarter.
Defensive end Frank Clark highlighted the defense with 1.5 sacks while Chris Jones tallied the first playoff sack of his career.
Rookie corner Jaylen Watson made consistent plays throughout the night along with an interception in the first half.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns while tight end Travis Kelce had 78 yards and a touchdown.
Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling also had a breakout game with 116 yards and a touchdown.
Patrick Mahomes fumbled near the end of the third quarter and the Bengals capitalized.
Samaje Perine’s two-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter evened the game up at 20 in the fourth quarter after being set up by a 35-yard Ja’Marr Chase reception in double-coverage on 4th & 6.
Both defenses stood tall after that but the Chiefs pulled through.
A Bryan Cook deflection led to a Joshua Williams interception with 7:02 left in the fourth quarter.
Then, on the Bengals’ next drive after forcing a Chiefs punt, Chris Jones got his second sack on Joe Burrow on third down forcing the Bengals to punt.
Skyy Moore would get a massive 29-yard punt return to the Chiefs’ 47-yard line with 41 seconds that gave the Chiefs great field position.
A few plays later, Mahomes scrambles for five yards before being hit out-of-bounds by Bengals defensive end Joseph Ossai that added an extra 15 yards and set Harrison Butker up for a 45-yard field goal.
Butker knocked down the field goal with three seconds remaining giving the Chiefs a 23-20 win, helping them advance to their fourth Super Bowl.
Big plays from the rookies, timely sacks from Chris Jones and Frank Clark, tough plays from Patrick Mahomes and the defense as a whole helped carry the Chiefs to a win.
Super Bowl 57 will be on February 12 at 5:30 p.m.