The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City For the second consecutive season, the A.F.C. Chiefs meet. champion game. The Bengals (14-4) recovered an 18 point deficit last season. to deny Kansas City (14-3) This is its third Super Bowl appearance.
Kansas City The N.F.L. has been dominated by Patrick Mahomes, quarterback. He has been the N.F.L’s starter since 2018, when he won the Most Valuable Player Award in 2018 and a Super Bowl. However, Cincinnati is a constant roadblock to Mahomes. Kansas CityThe Bengals won the last three matches.
Sunday’s game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on CBS. According to betting lines, it will be a tight matchup. Kansas City Favored by 1 point Below are the story lines to watch:
Patrick Mahomes’s ankle
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Arden Key landed on Mahomes’s ankle while trying to Pull him down within the first quarter Kansas City’s win over the Jaguars in the divisional round last weekend. Mahomes was forced off the field when he fell on his back. to Go to the locker room by his team’s medical staff, which prompted a frustrated outburst from him on the sidelines. He was back to The second quarter saw him with athletic tape covering his right shoe, allowing him to play without any elusiveness or scrambling.
The team called Mahomes’s injury a high ankle sprain, and Mahomes practiced throughout the week and said he planned to You can play Sunday. If he’s not available, he can still play on Sunday. toIf he again injures his ankle, Kansas City It should feel safe with Chad Henne, its backup quarterback. Henne led an 98 yard drive to score a touchdown while Mahomes was away against Jacksonville. to Extend Kansas City’s lead to 10. Henne was the leader of the team in 2021 when Mahomes suffered a concussion during a Divisional Round game against the Cleveland Browns. to A win.
War of words
These two rival teams have become a squabble filled with trash talk. Last year, the war of words started between Eli Apple, Bengals’ defensive back. Kansas City Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hartman were the receivers. After the Bengals’ A.F.C. Apple tweeted that Hardman would be bought after last year’s Bengals A.F.C. Super Bowl tickets. Hardman uploaded a photo with his Super Bowl ring to Apple when the Bengals lost. “might get one of these one day.” (That tweet is available to These were recently removed.
Cincinnati beat Buffalo Bills in last weekend’s divisional round. Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton celebrated. said he would see Kansas City in “Burrowhead,” Adjustment Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium to You can see how the Bengals recently won Kansas City Behind quarterback Joe Burrow
So on Sunday, expect a lot of spice on the field — and then run to social media to see what’s said after the game.
Fashion show and celebrations
This game features two of the league’s highest scoring offenses: Kansas City Cincinnati was eighth in league points per match, while Cincinnati placed first despite only playing in 16 games. Expect lots of touchdown celebrations and scoring to be common for both sides. Cincinnati receiver Ja’Marr Chase is popular for doing the dance the Griddy He scores. Kansas City Travis Kelce is a tight end who scored 12 touchdowns in this season’s campaign. changes up his celebrations with each scoreHis accomplishments include everything from the highest-stepping up to reaching the finish line to Co-creating invisible potato-sack races together with your teammates
There’s also the pregame fashion show, otherwise known as the walk from the bus to After arriving at the stadium, the locker room. Burrow’s pregame look, in which he wore fur coats and designer sunglasses has earned him a lot of attention. Mahomes is known for wearing large Oakley sunglasses in bright colors. Kelce is also a style icon, having been once made. Sports Illustrated’s “Fashionable 50” list for being “unafraid to mix patterns and take risks with his fashion,” Along with him “perfectly manicured beard.”