Cincinnati Bengals have clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2015. The Bengals broke out the cigars and cranked up the music to celebrate their comeback victory over the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs. Rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow both set franchise records. The Bengals have come a long way since previous seasons. In 2017, the Bengals were ranked the worst team in the NFL. Now, they celebrate winning the AFC North division.
Many believe the Bengals manifested their destiny. They discussed their intentions and plans in the preseason and executed them to perfection.
“We were talking about the playoffs, and I said the goal was the playoffs and the easiest way to do that is to win the division,” Burrow said. “Everyone kind of laughed at us a little bit. We knew the kind of team we had and the kind of guys in the locker room we had and we knew we could go out and do it.”
Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow set Cincinnati Bengals record
Chase recorded three touchdowns on 11 catches for 266 receiving yards which set the record for the highest single-game total in franchise history. Chad Johnson better known as Chad Ochocinco held the previous record with a 260-yard performance against the then-San Deigo Chargers.
Chiefs corner Charvarius Ward did the griddy dance after breaking up a pass intended for Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase
LITERALLY 2 plays layer, Chase scores a TD over Ward and does the Griddy 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) January 2, 2022
Burrow completed 30 out of his 39 passes for 446 yards with four touchdowns on the day. Former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton previously held the previous record with 4,631 passing yards and 36 touchdowns in 2013.
The Bengals secured the division on the walk-off field goal by rookie kicker Evan McPherson’s as time expired. In the final minute, the Bengals opted to attempt a fourth-and-goal from a yard away instead of kicking the field goal. Due to offsetting penalties, the incompletion was nullified, ultimately, giving Cinciinti another opportunity to convert. On the ensuing play, The Chiefs were flagged for illegal use of hands. This gave the Bengals another set of downs.
Many believe the flags that were called on the Chiefs were a bit controversial. Nonetheless, the Cincinnati Bengals came out on top and control their own fate in the playoffs.
“I’d like to comment on each one, but I don’t want to be fined,” Reid said in his postgame news conference.
Chase was very impressed with the win and believes this team can reach amazing heights.
“We can go as far as we want to,” Chase said. “We just won the AFC North.”