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Mistakes on offense cost Chiefs 3rd straight Super Bowl trip

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs adopted maybe the best 13 seconds in franchise historical past within the divisional spherical towards the Bills with 13 seconds late within the first half of the AFC title recreation towards Cincinnati that they’d slightly simply neglect.

Not to say a lot of the subsequent half-hour and extra time.

In a loss each heartbreaking and humiliating, one of many league’s prolific offenses didn’t put the sport away simply earlier than the break Sunday, then by no means reached the top zone within the second half. The Bengals took benefit of Kansas City’s many errors to dig out of a 21-3 gap, pressure extra time and watch Evan McPherson drill a 31-yard discipline objective for a 27-24 victory, giving the long-downtrodden franchise its first convention championship in 33 years.

“It’s definitely disappointing,” stated Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns but additionally had two second-half interceptions, together with one in extra time that gave the Bengals the prospect to drive for the win.

“With this group of guys we have,” Mahomes stated, “we expect to win that game and anything less is not success.”

As the Bengals spilled off the sideline in celebration, the Chiefs slumped of their seats — a whole reversal of the earlier week, when the Chiefs beat the Bills in extra time in one of the crucial exhilarating video games in NFL historical past.

Making the about-face all of the extra stunning was that it was the Chiefs’ offense that allow them down.

Mahomes was 18 of 21 for 220 yards and three scores within the first half, discovering Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce for large positive factors virtually at will. His quarterback score was practically good, as was the Kansas City offense, and coach Andy Reid’s group constructed a 21-10 lead and was half-hour away from a 3rd straight trip to the Super Bowl.

The solely flub got here when the Chiefs had the ball first-and-goal on the Bengals 5 with — you guessed it — 13 seconds left, the very same period of time it took them to drive 44 yards for the sphere objective to pressure extra time towards Buffalo.

This time, Mahomes threw incomplete on first down. Then he accomplished a brief move to Hill, who was stopped wanting the objective line because the clock expired, and Kansas City squandered an opportunity to increase its lead.

“We were trying to score a touchdown,” Reid stated, “so any way we could score a touchdown, we were trying. In hindsight, I would tell you the passes weren’t working. We should try to run it. We were just trying to get in the end zone.”

It turned out to be a harbinger of the remainder of the sport.

The Chiefs punted on every of their first two second-half possessions. The third ended when Mahomes had a move batted within the air and caught by 311-pound defensive deal with B.J. Hill, organising Joe Burrow’s landing move to Ja’Marr Chase and the following 2-point conversion that tied the sport 21-all heading to the fourth quarter.

Then the Chiefs’ offensive line, which had run over the Bengals within the first half, started letting them down. Hill and Trey Hendrickson mixed on a sack to pressure a three-and-out, then Hendrickson had a sack of his personal to pressure one other three-and-out, that one giving the Bengals a chance to march downfield for a go-ahead discipline objective.

The Chiefs lastly confirmed some resolve, answering 21 straight factors by Cincinnati with a protracted drive of their very own. But the pink zone left them seeing pink yet another time: With first-and-goal and fewer than 2 minutes left, Jerick McKinnon was stuffed and Mahomes was sacked by Sam Hubbard on back-to-back performs.

The Chiefs had been lucky that Harrison Butker, whose 49-yarder despatched the Chiefs to extra time with Buffalo, calmly drilled one other one from 44 yards on the reverse finish of the sphere to maintain their Super Bowl hopes alive.

And it appeared destiny was shining on the Chiefs as soon as once more when backup Bengals quarterback Brandon Allen known as heads and the coin flip landed tails — the precise reverse results of the earlier week, when Bills quarterback Josh Allen known as tails and the Chiefs took the one possession of extra time for the profitable rating.

The reaction from Allen on Twitter: “Pain.”

That’s the place the similarities ended, although.

Mahomes threw an incomplete move, then practically had a move picked by Bengals cornerback Eli Apple, earlier than launching a throw towards Hill down the sideline. The ball was batted within the air by Jessie Bates III, who was completely place to make the play, and into the ready arms of Bengals security Vonn Bell.

Burrow and the Bengals did not give Kansas City one other probability.

With the sport now sudden demise, they breezed downfield and into the vary of McPherson, who rotated in triumph even earlier than his profitable kick had handed via the uprights inside surprised Arrowhead Stadium.

“You know, deflated would be a good way to describe it,” Chiefs security Tyrann Mathieu stated. “But I’m proud of the way we continued to fight throughout the season. I’m proud of the way we stuck together, proud of our coaches, proud of the way we continue to take bullets for us. It’s a lot of good to think about. I’m grateful for the opportunity. But I think any time you come up short, you know you could be better, it’s obviously deflating.”

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