Are the Kansas City Chiefs better than the Cincinnati Bengals? Maybe a little bit. Is Patrick Mahomes better than Joe Burrow? Maybe not for long. But yes, maybe a little.

But after four-plus quarters in this AFC title game.. 27-24 in overtime, with Burrow leading an unlikely comeback from an 18-point deficit – the biggest rebound in Championship Round history ?

Burrow can say he’s the best.

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Mahomes had the Chiefs up 21-10 at halftime, with three TD assists from the Texas Tech product.


The superiority of Mahomes’ young vets is why the Chiefs were the smart – maybe even “easy” – choice today. The third TD pass may have cemented things here…

But in that AFC championship game, second-year sensation Burrow in his first such appearance, brought the Bengals back in the second half, with the winner getting the reward of a trip to Los Angeles for the Super Bowl. LVI.

Likewise, you recognize that Dallas’ chances of advancing that far (as Matthew Stafford’s Rams and Jimmy Garrapolo’s Niners do in the NFC today) depend on QB, Dak Prescott.

That’s obviously Jerry Jones’ $140 million bet.

The Chiefs were favored by seven, with an O/U of 54.5 points. That suggests a shootout the Bengals apparently can’t win. But they are 2-0 in the playoffs, a run that includes upsetting the No. 1-seeded Titans in the Divisional Round. They also saw the Chiefs, pretty much at their best in Week 17 … and Cincy came out ahead, 34-31, as the Bengals won in the dying seconds on a field goal from rookie kicker Evan McPherson.

Maybe it would also be “a Kickers game”. Problem? Cincy could only really muster one major defensive stop, on the goal line in the first half.ended.

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Experience matters; it’s the Chiefs’ fourth straight conference title game, and they’re even more seasoned (and perhaps more confident) after a cliffhanger against the Bills last week that was decided in overtime, with the strategic brilliance from Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce playing a key role.

But rookie Ja’Marr Chase has been a weapon for Burrow, and turnovers have been key – including Mahomes throwing one to open the OT period.

In the first half game, Burrow was 10 of 18 for 101 yards; Mahomes is 18 of 21 for 220.

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These numbers evened out. Burrow finished 23 of 38 for 250 and two touchdowns. Mahomes was 26 of 39 for 275 – but two interceptions.

Early? Tyreek Hill took over this match in the air for KC, with a TD. Travis Kelce did the same. And Mecole Hardman has the third TD catch.

But now? The Bengals are superior to the Chiefs, with McPherson kicking the OT winner on the way to a Super Bowl, while the Cowboys and Dak, Mahomes and Chiefs, and the rest of us watch and hope.

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