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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

NFL Playoffs: Top-seeded Titans, Packers down on field goals in last game

NASHVILLE — The Cincinnati Bengals weathered a 31-year playoff drought last week and, with a young, explosive offense, looked like a dark horse contender this year.

And now they are officially there. The 4th-seeded Bengals overcame nine sacks and six penalties to shock the Tennessee Titans (19-16) when rookie kicker Evan McPherson hit his fourth and final Saturday field goal, a 52-yard shot. who divided the racks by time. expired.

The Bengals, who have had three interceptions of their own, will face the winner of the Chiefs Bills game on Sunday and travel to either Kansas City or Buffalo.

“We don’t know what we don’t know,” quarterback Joe Burrow said of the team’s youth, admitting he will have less experience no matter who his team faces in next week’s AFC Championship game, whether his opponent Patrick. 26-year-old Mahomes from Kansas City or 25-year-old Josh Allen from Buffalo. Burrow, 25, is in his second season in the NFL and his experience separates him from his peers.

“Tomorrow morning may be a different story, but right now I feel great,” Burrow said.

Despite many hits, Burrow threw for 348 yards on 28 of 37 passes with one interception. His colleague on Saturday, Ryan Tannehill, got just one sack but was doomed to three interceptions.

Statistically, the game didn’t make sense. Burrow was brilliant when he had time to spot his quick-footed receivers, completing 28 of 37 passes for 348 yards. The Titans covered Ja’Marr Chase, who still managed five passes for 109 yards. Receiver T Higgins and tight end CJ Uzoma had seven receptions each.

However, Burrow was repeatedly subject to layoffs when the Titans’ defense shot in, around and across the Bengals’ porous attack line. Tennessee defenseman Jeffrey Simmons led the attack with Burrow’s three sacks.

“It was very, very tough,” Barrow said of the pressure he faced throughout the game.

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The Titans became the fifth team to hit nine sacks in a playoff game, joining Kansas City (1994), the Browns (1987), the Photoniners (1985), and the Bills (1967).

However, it was the Bengals defense that ultimately saved the day by intercepting Tannehill in the Titans’ first and last game of the game, as well as once in between. The final choice was the most important as there were only 20 seconds left.

In a move that began with 2:43 left in the game, Tannehill led the Titans slowly across the field in an attempt to get the team into field goal position. Then, in the fifth play of the series, on the third and fifth of the Titan’s 40-yard line, Tannehill’s pass was thrown by cornerback Eli Apple and intercepted by linebacker Logan Wilson.

Burrow, who threw for over 4,600 yards in his breakout season, got another chance to add to his resume with a second playoff win. From the Bengals’ 47-yard line, Burrow hit Chase quickly to move the ball into the Titans’ 35-yard line and get into decent field goal position.

The Bengals lost a few more seconds before McPherson turned on the game winner.

Had Cincinnati’s offensive line been more successful, the Bengals could have easily won the game as the team held the ball about seven minutes longer than the Titans for three nights despite the return of Tennessee’s star running back Derrick Henry. after absence. over two months.

Indeed, the game started well for the Bengals. In the first play of the fight, Cincinnati guard Jessie Bates intercepted Tannehill. With an excellent fielding position, the Bengals looked ready to strike. But in the pattern that defined the game, Burrow was sacked in the first play of the bout. A delay game penalty stopped a promising game and the Bengals agreed to a field goal rather than a touchdown.

Cincinnati eliminated three of them in the first half and went into the locker room ahead, 9-6.

The Titans, meanwhile, looked rusty after a week of goodbye. Tannehill missed receivers, got fired, threw rushed, and Henry, who finished with 62 yards on 20 carries, didn’t seem to help much.

In the middle of the second quarter, the Titans showed a solid drive. Tannehill contacted his top two receivers, AJ Brown and Julio Jones. At the first goal, Henry lined up in a wildcat, snapped and scored, to the delight of the home crowd who called him by his first name.

However, Henry and the Titans failed to score from a two-point attempt. In the end, those 2 extra points wouldn’t have mattered because the Bengals’ last field goal was enough.

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