AFC Championship Match History, 2022 Matches and Betting Odds
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After one of the greatest games in NFL playoff history – and perhaps one of the greatest games in NFL history – the AFC Championship Game is set.
It took overtime and a superhero performance from Patrick Mahomes, but the Kansas City Chiefs make their fourth straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game. The AFC’s second-seeded Chiefs outlasted Josh Allen and the third-seeded Buffalo Bills 42-36 in a game that will go down in the NFL history books.
The Chiefs will play for their third consecutive AFC title against the Cincinnati Bengals, the No. 4 seed in the AFC. After snapping their three-decade playoff drought against the Raiders in the wildcard round, the Bengals upset the AFC’s top seed Tennessee Titans on Saturday.
As is the case with the NFC Championship Game, both participants in the AFC title game qualified for the Conference Championship weekend with straight wins, but did so in a manner radically different.
Burrow, Bengals overcome nine sacks to start Titans in Nashville
With the return of Derrick Henry after being sidelined since Halloween, the Titans had every reason to be confident of taking care of the Bengals to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
And more often than not, picking up nine bags should land you a win. But the Bengals kept Henry relatively in check and knocked out Ryan Tannehill three times, and Joe Burrow swept all nine of his sacks to complete more than 75% of his passes and throw nearly 350 yards.
Burrow’s 37th and final pass of the game put the Bengals in basket territory after Logan Wilson knocked out Tannehill with 20 seconds left. From there, rookie kicker Evan McPherson coolly punched a 52-yard field goal to send the Bengals to their first AFC Championship game since the 1988 season.
Chiefs overcome heroism of Allen and Davis in overtime epic
The last time the Bengals appeared in the AFC Championship Game, they defeated the Buffalo Bills to advance to Super Bowl XXIII and a game against the San Francisco 49ers.
That same storyline was almost in play, but Mahomes decided to be Mahomes in a season where he wasn’t always Mahomes. In other words, he was at his best when needed.
In the final minutes of absolutely messy regulation, the Bills and Chiefs traded blows. 24 points were scored in the final 1:54 of regulation. At the two-minute warning, the Chiefs led 26-21. With no more regulation time, the two teams headed to extra time with the score tied at 36.
During that time, Josh Allen and Gabriel Davis connected for two touchdowns, sandwiched around a Mahomes goal play at Tyreek Hill. The second score — their record fourth connection of the night — gave the Bills a 36-33 lead with 13 seconds left.
As viewers and the Bills discovered, Mahomes needed just ten seconds to put the Chiefs within range of Harrison Butker’s game-tying kick.
The Chiefs won the all-important coin toss, and Mahomes continued to give Allen no chance to respond.
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