The Bengals won their first away playoff game in franchise history and advanced to the AFC Championship game for the first time since the 1988 season; Cincinnati will be back on the road to take on the winner of the Chiefs-Bills matchup at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night.
Cincinnati Bengals rookie kicker Evan McPherson hit the game-winning 52-yard field goal as time expired to send them to the AFC Championship game in a 19–16 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.
Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow then found Ja’Marr Chase with a 19-yard hit in the next game to put the Bengals into field goal range, and McPherson did the rest from 52 yards—his fourth successful field goal of the game.
Burrow survived a staggering nine layoffs and also threw one pick to help his team win. The sophomore starter completed 28 of 37 passes for 348 yards. Rookie Chase had five catches for 109 yards.
The Bengals won their first road playoff game in franchise history and advanced to the AFC title game for the first time since the 1988 season. Cincinnati will be back on the road next Sunday to take on the winner of the Kansas City Chiefs-Buffalo Bills game at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday night.
Tennessee’s Derrick Henry rushed for 62 yards and threw a touchdown, playing in his first game since breaking his leg on October 31, while Titans wide receiver AJ Brown had a big night with five catches for 142 yards and a touchdown, but for both season is over now.
In the very first game of scrum opening the competition, Tannehill made her first of three interceptions and Jessie Bates lost football for the Bengals.
The assist helped McPherson and Cincinnati score the first of three field goals in the first half, who struggled with their offensive problems as the Titans’ defensive line repeatedly harassed Burrow.