For the second consecutive season, the Cincinnati Bengals will play for an AFC championship.
The Bengals battled the Buffalo Bills in the snow at Highmark Stadium and got two touchdowns from Joe Burrow and another from Joe Mixon in a 27-10 win.
Burrow finished the game 23 of 36 with 242 passing yards and two touchdown passes. He got off to a good start and led the Bengals to touchdowns on his first two drives of the game.
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The first was a six-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase. After forcing Buffalo to punt, Burrow engineered a 10-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a 15-yard TD pass to Hayden Hurst.
Cincinnati would not look back.
Mixon ran for his touchdown in the third quarter. He finished with 105 rushing yards in the win. Chase had five receptions for 62 yards and Hurst added five receptions for 59 yards.
Buffalo couldn’t get the offense going.
Buffalo cut the lead in half with 7:25 left in the second quarter on a Josh Allen rushing touchdown run from the goal line. The Bengals responded with a field goal to take a 17-7 lead at the half.
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In the third quarter, Tyler Bass would connect on a 25-yard field goal to cut the deficit to seven, but that would be the final score for the Bills.
Allen finished the game 25-for-42 with 265 passing yards. He threw an interception late in the game to Cam Taylor-Britt. Allen also led the team with 26 rushing yards.
Dawson Knox had five catches for 65 yards, leading the team.
It is the second year in a row that the Bengals will play for the AFC championship and a Super Bowl berth. The 2022-2023 title game will be between the Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs once again.
Last year, Cincinnati defeated the Chiefs, 27-24, in overtime to win the conference title. They would lose to the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl.
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The Bills’ season ends in the divisional round for the second straight season despite the high expectations the team had entering the year. Buffalo was eliminated by the Chiefs in the second round last season and in the AFC Championship Game during the 2020 season.