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Bengals tie biggest comeback in AFC title game history, Chiefs take first 18-point lead with Patrick Mahomes

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The Cincinnati Bengals go to the Super Bowl, a phrase that seemed impossible all season, as well as in the first half of the AFC Championship Game. Cincinnati rallied to erase a 21-3 first-half deficit and beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime, winning the Bengals’ first AFC championship since 1989. It tied the most big comeback in AFC Championship game history.

The 2006 Indianapolis Colts trailed the New England Patriots by 18 points in the AFC Championship Game before Peyton Manning led the Colts from a 21-3 deficit to a 38-34 victory . The Bengals are only the second team under current overtime rules to win a playoff game after failing to win the coin toss, joining the 2018 Los Angeles Rams, who won the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Saints. New Orleans.

Evan McPherson’s 31-yard overtime field goal sealed the Bengals’ trip to the Super Bowl and capped a comeback that seemed near impossible against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The Chiefs had never lost a game despite leading by more than 18 points under Patrick Mahomes (regular season and playoffs). They entered Sunday’s game 28-0 in such cases.

By NFL Searchno team in NFL history has overcome a halftime deficit of more than 10 points to win multiple games against the same opponent in a single season (including the playoffs) until the Bengals this season (Cincinnati was in double digits in its Week 17 win over Kansas City and in the AFC Championship Game).

It was a trip to the Super Bowl that Joe Burrow and Cincinnati won.

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