During the first quarter of the AFC Championship rematch between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals, Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed was injured after attempting to tackle Bengals running back Samaje Perine.
After being attended to by the training staff on the field and then working his way to the blue medical tent on the sideline, Sneed went to the locker room. It was announced afterward that he was being evaluated for a concussion.
With two minutes left before halftime, the Chiefs then announced that Sneed (concussion) was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
As a starter and one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, losing Sneed is a massive blow to Kansas City’s defense. Without him in the lineup, the Chiefs will rely on rookies Trent McDuffie, Jaylen Watson, and Joshua Williams to shoulder the workload in the cornerback room.
Chiefs Defeat Bengals to Advance to SBLVII
The Chiefs defeated the Bengals in the AFC Championship 23-20 to advance to Super Bowl LVII where they will face the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kansas City hobbled its way to the finish line in the win over Cincinnati. Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (concussion), receivers Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Mecole Hardman (pelvis), and linebacker Willie Gay (shoulder) were injured during the game and didn’t return. Despite that, the Chiefs found a way to win the game.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 29-of-43 pass attempts for 326 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns against the Bengals. His leading pass-catcher was receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who caught 6 passes on 8 targets for 116 yards and 1 touchdown.
They offensive play of the game for Kansas City was the last one. On 3rd-and-4, Mahomes tucked the football, ran for the first down, and drew an unnecessary roughness penalty that set Harrison Butker up for the game-winning field goal.
The MVP of the game was Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones. He had 5 quarterback hits, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks in the AFC Championship. His last sack came on a 3rd-and-8 play with 44 seconds left in the game to give the Chiefs’ offense one last chance to seal the victory.
Super Bowl LVII between the Chiefs and Eagles will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 12.
Twitter Reacts to Chiefs Victory
Twitter users reacted to Kansas City defeating Cincinnati in the AFC Championship.
“Congrats. What a game. Rooting for u against Philadelphia,” one Twitter user wrote. “As a bengals fan I won’t make any excuses and anyone that does is just wrong. Both teams played a great team and the better team won. Should be fun to watch these 2 duke it out for the next decade. Go win it all!!”
“Congratulations Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes! I can’t wait to see you guys win this year’s super bowl!” another user wrote.
“Mahomes very gutty, what a run to get them on FG range… And the sack on Burrow to force the 4th down & get the ball back!!” another user wrote.
“Congratulations! That was a great game! Can’t wait for many more years of these. This is a true rivalry,” another user wrote.