And so all of the hype about the comeback of the Kansas City Chiefs is now in doubt once again.
Just a few observations that fanbois are tiptoeing around . . .
The offense wasn't in sync despite impressive numbers.
Coaching decisions were extremely questionable and, worst of all, there are still lingering questions regarding the Mahomes magic.
And, of course, only the very worst local losers blame the refs.
Accordingly . . .
Here's our TKC collection on the best write-ups of tonight's game . . .
In the NFL's most hyped-up matchup of the Week 17 slate, the battle between AFC playoff contenders didn't disappoint. With the score tied at 31-31, the Cincinnati Bengals drove 79 yards on 15 plays, taking up the remaining six minutes of game time to ultimately kick the game-winning field goal to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 34-31.
The Cincinnati Bengals were already a dangerous enough opponent for the Kansas City Chiefs coming into Week 17 that they shouldn't have needed any help from the officials.
The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs played one of the best games of the season on Sunday. You could feel the playoff atmosphere as two of the top AFC teams had plenty on the line.
CINCINNATI, Ohio - A team effort by the Kansas City Chiefs could not outshine a monster individual performance by Cincinnati Bengals receiver Ja'Marr Chase as the Chiefs potentially lose out on home-field advantage in a 34-31 loss to the Bengals. Chase ended the first half with five catches, 111 yards and two touchdowns; he ended the game with 11 catches.
4:31 PM ET Ben BabyESPN Staff Writer Close ESPN Staff Writer Previously a college football writer for The Dallas Morning News University of North Texas graduate CINCINNATI -- The Bengals are a playoff team again. For the first time in six years, Cincinnati is headed to the postseason after a 34-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Kansas City Chiefs came into Cincinnati to face the Bengals in a game that was hyped all week long for the assumed fireworks that would be on display. The experts turned out to be correct as defenses struggled on both sides to handle the potent production of both Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow.
Heading into Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs had everything in front of them. All the Chiefs had to do was win their last two games to secure the AFC's single postseason bye. But things didn't go as planned. As time expired, the Cincinnati Bengals pulled off a 34-31 upset with a game-winning field goal.
You decide . . .