Despite offensive fireworks from both teams, JaMarr Chase’s historic day helped lead the Bengals to a 34-31 upset over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bengals were able to overcome a 28-14 halftime deficit to win their 10th game of the year. By winning, the Bengals secured their first AFC North title since 2015. Despite getting sacked four times in the game, Burrow looked poised and confident all day. On the flip-side, the Chiefs have some questions to answer. After a 446-yard performance in the air, the questions about the Chiefs’ secondary loom again.
JaMarr Chase: Wide receiver JaMarr Chase had a historic game for the Cincinnati Bengals. His 266 yards receiving in the game broke Randy Moss’ rookie record. Chase also hauled in three touchdowns on the day. Although cornerback Charvarius Ward was named as a Pro Bowl reserve, he struggled all day to slow down Chase. Chase’s historic day helped seal the Bengals win.
Joe Burrow: Even though it didn’t seem like it at times, Burrow threw the ball to other receivers than just JaMarr Chase. After throwing for 525 yards the previous week, Burrow threw for 446 yards against the Chiefs. With four touchdowns on the day, Burrow was also able to break Andy Dalton’s Cincinnati single-season touchdown record.
Darrel Williams: Running back Darrel Williams was tasked with replacing Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who was out due to a shoulder injury. Williams responded with 14 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Behind some impressive play from his offensive line, Williams was a bright spot for the Chiefs, even in defeat.
Chris Jones: Coming into the game, Joe Burrow was the most sacked quarterback in the NFL. This trend continued on Sunday. Jones was all over the field and recorded two sacks on the day. He also had three pressures, one of which resulted in a Jarren Reed sack. Chris Jones continues to prove why he is a dominant defender.
Quote of the Day
Following the win against the Chiefs, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was asked about the officiating down the stretch. Burrow replied saying, “We got a little lucky at the end. Got some calls.”
Next up for the Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs will look to rebound from today’s performance. Their next game is Sunday, January 9th, against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. With a loss Sunday against the Bengals, the Chiefs have fallen to the 2-seed in the AFC. To reclaim the 1-seed, the Chiefs will need to beat the Broncos and the Texans will need to beat the Titans.
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