The Cincinnati Bengals just won’t quit. With Joe Burrow leading the way, they are packing their bags for a trip to Los Angeles and Super Bowl LVI on February 13 after a victory against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bengals overcame a 21-3 deficit to walk out with a 27-24 victory, thanks to yet another game-winning kick by Evan McPherson. After the game, the Bengals got huge praises from the Chiefs, including defensive end Frank Clark, while Burrow was quick to dismiss the underdog label.
Chiefs DE Frank Clark gets honest about the Bengals after they became the AFC Champions
The Bengals, yes, the young, fiery Bengals, are heading to the Super Bowl. They defeated the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and the Chiefs to secure the AFC crown.
After a subpar first half, the offense clicked, the defense frustrated Mahomes and company, and McPherson played hero again with another clutch performance.
After the game, Clark didn’t hide anything and spoke the truth about the Bengals.
That is some massive praise from Clark, and there are no lies in this statement. The Chiefs rushed out to a 21-3 lead and felt like things were going their way with a third straight Super Bowl trip in order.
However, the Bengals responded and hung around just enough to win, thanks to a solid team effort and Mr. Joe Cool himself at quarterback.
Things could have been much different, and Mahomes’ played poorly down the stretch — something he took the blame for after the loss.
Nonetheless, the Bengals showed they could hang around with the best in the league, and Burrow was quick to dismiss the underdog talk.
Joe Burrow doesn’t want to hear the underdog talk anymore
The Bengals are tired of being called underdogs. They won the AFC North, won three playoff games — including two on the road against the top two seeds in the AFC — and beat the Chiefs twice in less than two months.
This team is not an underdog, and Burrow doesn’t want to be labeled as such. The former LSU quarterback has pioneered the Bengals to a Super Bowl in only his second season in the league — and first complete season.
Cincinnati isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, Trey Hendrickson, Chidobe Awuzie, Burrow, and McPherson are just a few key players who have helped engineer this Super Bowl run.
Indeed, they aren’t underdogs, and Burrow thrives when his team is the underdog.
Will that trend continue against the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl LVI?
The Bengals look to keep the momentum rolling against the Rams in a huge Super Bowl clash
Can the Bengals Cinderella run continue?
Nobody expected them to be here, yet here we are. Burrow and company have excelled in recent weeks, and the Rams are not an easy test by any means — especially with LA playing in its home stadium.
The Bengals have been battle-tested during this playoff run. They have done whatever it takes to get the victory, even overcoming a huge deficit against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Despite the Bengals being underdogs at the moment, a lot can change before February 13 rolls around. Regardless, don’t count out this gritty Cincinnati team.
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