The NFL divisional round continues Sunday with Joe Burrow and the AFC’s third-seed Cincinnati Bengals battling Josh Allen and the AFC second-seed Buffalo Bills.
The winner will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend for a spot in Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.
Sunday’s tilt comes a mere 20 days after the regular-season game between these two games was canceled following the collapse of Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who was in attendance at Highmark Stadium and is on the road to recovery.
Later, the NFC will take center stage, as the fifth-seed Dallas Cowboys face the second-seed San Francisco 49ers (6:30 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App). The winner of that game will go on to face the Philadelphia Eagles next week.
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Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
And we’re off!
The Bengals went 79 yards in six plays — four of which went for first downs — and capped off the drive with a dazzling 28-yard touchdown from Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase to put Cincinnati up 7-0 early.
Including the playoffs, the Bengals have won seven consecutive games when Chase records a receiving score. What’s more, Cincinnati is 9-1 in its last 10 games in which Chase has scored and 13-5 overall when he scores.
Making a statement
The Bills went three-and-out on their first drive, putting the ball right back in Burrow & Co.’s hands.
The Bengals didn’t waste any time capitalizing on their next possession. Burrow hit tight end Hayden Hurst for a 15-yard score to put Cincy ahead 14-0 late in the first quarter.
Just like that, Burrow was a perfect 9-for-9 for 105 yards and two touchdowns through two drives.
Trouble for the home team
The Bills went three-and-out once again on their ensuing drive, thanks to a strong showing from the Bengals’ defense.
The first quarter ended with Allen just 2-for-4 passing for only six yards, while the Bills had just 11 total yards of offense.
Buffalo bounces back
Midway through the second quarter, Allen ran it in himself to avoid a first-half shutout and put the Bills on the board, 14-7.
What could have been
Chase was this close to adding this second score of the first half, but after review, the touchdown was overturned.
The Bengals settled for a field goal on that drive, taking a 10-point lead, 17-7, late in the second quarter.
Gabe Davis came up with a monster 25-yard catch along the sideline late in the frame, as the Bills charged downfield in an attempt to close the gap slightly before the break. However, Buffalo ended up punting the ball away on that drive.
Just like that, it remained 17-7 headed into halftime, marking the first time Buffalo trailed at home at the half this season.
Closing the gap
Buffalo made it a one-score game, 17-10, midway through the third quarter after some tough running and a short field goal.
It wasn’t a seven-point game for long, however. The Bengals picked up their third touchdown of the game, thanks to an all-out effort from Hurst and Joe Mixon.
Then, Cincinnati added a field goal early in the fourth quarter to extend its lead, 27-10.
Coming up short
The Bills appeared to have a promising drive on their hands on the following possession, which started with a clutch toss to Dawson Knox to get into Bengals territory, but Allen & Co. ended up turning the ball over on downs in the red zone.
Stay tuned for updates!
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