The NFL playoffs began last weekend with many interesting storylines. The AFC games featured the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 seeds respectively living up to expectations, all defeating their lower seeded opponents.
The Chiefs defeated the 7th seed Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bills eliminated the No. 6 seed New England Patriots, and the Bengals got by the No. 5 Las Vegas Raiders. Cincinnati will play in Tennessee against the Titans, the conference’s top seed, which had a bye in the opening round, on Saturday (4:30 p.m.). The 12-5 Titans have the AFC’s best record. It’s their second consecutive season in the postseason.
This will be the first time the teams meet this season as Cincy has returned to the postseason for the first time since 2015. “It’s exciting for the city, for the state,” said the Bengals sophomore QB Joe Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. “But we are not going to dwell on that. We are moving forward.”
Burrow threw two touchdowns, completing 24 of 34 of his passes for 244 total yards in his team’s 26-19 over the Raiders. “This isn’t like the icing on top of the cake. This is the cake,” added Burrow, eager to take on the Titans.
The Bills dominated New England on Saturday, winning 47-17. Quarterback Josh Allen was sensational in throwing for 308 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Devin Singletary accounted for 81 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. They will next play the Chiefs on the road Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The Chiefs easily ended the Steelers’ season with a 42-21 victory behind QB Patrick Mahomes’ 404 yards passing and five TDs.
The matchup will be the second between the Bills and Chiefs this season. Buffalo won the first 38-20 Week 5 in October. It was the Bills’ fourth win in five games as the Chiefs struggled at the season’s start. They were able to turn it around, winning 10 of their final 12 regular season games.