With a berth in the AFC championship game, the Bengals are on the precipice of something that very few of the team’s current players or its head coach will even remember. The last time the Bengals made it this far in the playoffs was in the 1988 season, when they went 12-4 and made it to Super Bowl 23 before losing to the 49ers.
That was nearly 33 years ago, meaning offensive tackle Riley Reiff (33), punter Kevin Huber (36) and long snapper Clark Harris (37) are the only players on this Bengals team who were alive when that Bengals team was going on its run. Even coach Zac Taylor, at 38, would’ve been just 5 years old at the time.
And though that bit of Bengals history has been good, the team has also entered some less-than-stellar company. In the AFC divisional round against Tennessee, quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked a record nine times behind a banged-up offensive line. But he played well enough to help Cincinnati win the game.
Burrow’s play this season, coupled with rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase’s production, have helped propel Cincinnati back to glory. The Bengals had the league’s seventh-highest scoring offense.
But the Bengals are going up against an experienced team that also has dynamic playmakers. The Chiefs are in the AFC title game for the fourth straight year and have the benefit of playing this game at home. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce have all made big plays in the postseason.
A win for the Bengals puts them in the Super Bowl for the first time in more than three decades. A win for the Chiefs puts them back there for the third time in three years.
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Chiefs vs. Bengals score
Chiefs vs. Bengals live updates, highlights from AFC championship
Halftime: Chiefs 21, Bengals 10
4:22 p.m.: Cincinnati comes up with a huge stop on second-and-goal with three seconds left and limits the damage. Halftime is here and it’s only an 11 point game.
4:20 p.m.: On second-and-1, Eli Apple gets hit for defensive pass interference against Tyreek Hill in the end zone. First-and-10 from the 1 now with 9 seconds left as the Bengals call a timeout.
4:18 p.m.: Another big play by Hill and this time it’s a catch for 14 yards to the Cincinnati 34 as the Chiefs are marching here late in the first half.
4:16 p.m.: On second-and-10 from their own 19, Mahomes hits Tyreek Hill for 33 yards to the Cincinnati 48 as he gets out f bounds to stop the clock with 58 seconds left.
4:10 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN BENGALS. After Kansas City registers a tackle for loss on first down, Samaje Perine takes it 41 yards for the touchdown to cut Cincinnati’s defecit. Chiefs 21, Bengals 10 with 1:05 left in the second quarter.
4:07 p.m.: Another impressive catch by Higgins as Burrow throws it on the run and hits him for 18 yards with the two-minute warning upcoming. First-and-10 for the Bengals from the KC 39.
4:04 p.m.: The Bengals convert on third-and-5 as Burrow hits Tee Higgins for the first time today. Cincinnati now 4-of-7 on third down and it’s first-and-10 from the their own 43 for the Bengals.
3:59 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CHIEFS. Mahomes tosses it to Hardman for his third touchdown of the game, all to different receivers. Chiefs 21, Bengals 3 with 5:04 left in the first half.
3:58 p.m.: On third-and-1, Kelce picks up 12 yards thanks to the catch and run. Now first-and-goal from the Cincinnati 3 as the Chiefs look to expand their lead.
3:57 p.m.: Clyde Edwards-Helaire breaks off tackles of 14 and 4 yards to make it first-and-10 from the Cincinnati 20 as the Chiefs are in the red zone again.
3:54 p.m.: Kelce picks up 19 yards through the air and now has the most catches of any tight end in NFL postseason history. First-and-10 from the Cincinnati 38 for the Chiefs.
3:48 p.m.: On third-and-6, Burrow’s pass falls incomplete and the Bengals go three-and-out. Mixon’s big run early was for naught. They’ll punt it away as KC takes over at its own 28.
3:47 p.m.: Mixon picks up 12 on second-and-10 and picks up the first down.
3:45 p.m.: A third straight drive starting at their own 25 for the Bengals.
3:42 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CHIEFS. Mahomes avoids the sack several times and throws on the run to hit Travis Kelce wide open in the front of the end zone. Chiefs 14, Bengals 3 with 12:14 left in the second quarter.
3:39 p.m.: It’s McKinnon again, this time as a pass-catcher. He hauls it in for 11 yards and Kansas City is in the red zone again at the Cincinnati 13.
3:38 p.m.: McKinnon opens the second quarter with a 7-yard rush but the second down pass falls incomplete. Now third-and-3 from the Cincy 24 upcoming.
End first quarter: Chiefs 7, Bengals 3
3:34 p.m.: Kansas City immediately picks up 44 yards as Mahomes hits Mecole Hardman in stride and just drops it in. Now first-and-10 for the Chiefs from the Cincinnati 31 to end the first quarter.
3:31 p.m.: FIELD GOAL BENGALS. Cincinnati gets on the board late in the first quarter to cut into Kansas City’s lead. Chiefs 7, Bengals 3 with 36 seconds left in the first.
3:30 p.m.: On third-and-10 from the 14, Joe Burrow takes three shots to the end zone but none of them can cash in, with some questionable officiating to boot. Seems like Zac Taylor’s squad will settle for the field goal.
3:27 p.m.: Longest run of the game so far and it’s a 23-yard run by Joe Mixon. Now first-and-10 from the Kansas City 14 as the Bengals are in the red zone.
3:26 p.m.: Yet another third-and-5 and yet another conversion. The Bengals’ third third down conversion on this drive as Tyler Boyd hauls it in again at the Chiefs’ 37.
3:24 p.m.: The Bengals’ second drive going much better than their first. Burrow hits Tyler Boyd for two yards and a first down on third-and-2. Now first-and-10 nearing midfield at their own 49.
3:22 p.m.: Another third-and-5 upcoming for the Bengals. They couldn’t convert on the first one but get this one easily as Burrow keeps it himself and takes it for 8 yards on the scramble. Now first-and-10 from the Cincinnati 38.
3:20 p.m.: Cincinnati’s second drive will also begin at the 25 after a touchback on the kickoff.
3:16 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN KANSAS CITY. Tyreek Hill comes all the way across the end zone and makes a leaping catch in the back corner as Mahomes throws it on the run. Kansas City 7, Cincinnati 0 with 7:17 left in the first quarter to open up the scoring.
3:16 p.m.: Kansas City’s now in the red zone here early, looking at second-and-three from the Bengals’ 16.
3:15 p.m.: The Chiefs’ ground game continues to do well as this time Mahomes keeps it himself and scrambles for 11 yards and a first.
3:14 p.m.: Tight end Travis Kelce hauls in his first catch of the game, this oen for 10 yards and a first down, already KC’s third of the drive. He needs two catches to pass Rob Gronkowski for the most by a tight end in NFL postseason history.
3:13 p.m.: The challenge is successful and it’s now first-and-10 from the 47 for the Chiefs and McKinnon quickly picks up 9 yards on the ground.
3:09 p.m.: The Chiefs have crossed midfield but come up short on third down on the fullback dive. Makes it fourth-and-1 from the Bengals 47 and the Chiefs will challenge it.
3:06 p.m.: On second-and-3, Patrick Mahomes hits Jerick McKinnon out of the backfield for 14 yards to the Kansas City 38.
3:05 p.m.: Kansas City opens the game at its own 15 following the Cincinnati punt.
3:05 p.m.: Cincinnati opens the game with a three-and-out as Joe Burrow can’t hit tight end CJ Uzomah in double coverage.
3:02 p.m.: The game opens with a touchback. First-and-10 from their own 25 upcoming for Cincinnati.
3:01 p.m.: The Bengals will start their quest for a Super Bowl berth with the ball in Arrowhead as the Chiefs win the toss and opt to defer.
Chiefs vs. Bengals start time
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 30
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
The AFC title game between the Chiefs and Benglas will kick off at 3 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
What channel is Chiefs vs. Bengals on today?
- TV channels: CBS
- Live streams: Paramount+, fuboTV
The Chiefs vs. Bengals matchup will be broadcast nationally on CBS. Jim Nantz will handle the play-by-play duties as normal, and he’ll be accompanied in the booth as normal by analyst Tony Romo. The duo will be joined by Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely, who will be reporting from the sideline.
For those hoping to stream the matchup, CBS will carry the game on its streaming platform, Paramount+. You can also stream NFL games live online with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
In Canada, viewers can watch Chiefs vs. Bengals with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game.
NFL playoff schedule 2022
Sunday, Jan. 30
|Matchup||Start time (ET)||Network||Streaming|
|Bengals vs. Chiefs||3:05 p.m.||CBS||Paramount+, fuboTV|
|49ers vs. Rams||6:40 p.m.||Fox||Fox Sports app, fuboTV|
Super Bowl 56
Sunday, Feb. 13
|Matchup||Start time (ET)||Network||Streaming|
|Super Bowl 56||6:30 p.m.||NBC||NBC Sports app, fuboTV|