The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs will meet for the first time in the postseason when they face off in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Both franchises have met sporadically since Cincinnati joined the AFL in 1968 and the Bengals hold a 16-14 lead in the series. Here are their five greatest games.
5. Cincinnati Bengals 17, Kansas City Chiefs 10
Dec. 27, 2009 – Cincinnati
Tied 10-10 with over nine minutes to play, the Bengals got the ball on their own 1-yard line. Carson Palmer drove Cincinnati 99 yards downfield and hit Chad Johnson with a six-yard touchdown. The Bengals then held on to win and clinch their first playoff spot since 2005.
4. Cincinnati Bengals 24, Kansas City Chiefs 19
Nov. 16, 2003 – Cincinnati
The Chiefs rolled into Paul Brown Stadium with a 9-0 record, but Bengals receiver Chad Johnson declared that his team would end their undefeated season. Ochocinco caught seven passes for 74 yards, but it was Peter Warrick who helped Cincinnati make good on his guarantee. Warrick returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown to put the Bengals up 17-6 and scored on a 77-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. A three-yard pass from Trent Green to Jason Dunn cut the lead to five with over three minutes to go, but Cincinnati ran out the clock on the ensuing possession.
3. Cincinnati Bengals 30, Kansas City Chiefs 27 (OT)
Dec. 6, 1987 – Cincinnati
Cincinnati led 20-17 and Bengals kicker Jim Breech attempted a 28-yard field goal with a little more than seven minutes remaining. However, nose tackle Bill Maas blocked it and cornerback Kevin Ross picked up the ball and ran it 65 yards into the end zone to put Kansas City up 24-20. For Cincinnati, that was the second blocked kick for a touchdown in two weeks. Boomer Esiason then led the Bengals down the field in four plays and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to James Brooks with 5:11 to play. Chiefs kicker Nick Lowery then hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired to send the game into overtime. Cincinnati got the ball first and drove 79 yards in 16 plays and Breech kicked a 32-yard game-winner.
2. Cincinnati Bengals 34, Kansas City Chiefs 31
Jan. 2, 2022 – Cincinnati
Patrick Mahomes threw for two touchdowns and Darrel Williams ran for two as Kansas City jumped out to a 28-17 halftime lead. Then Cincinnati held the Chiefs to a field goal, while Joe Burrow threw two touchdown passes and Evan McPherson booted the game-winning, 20-yard field goal as time expired. With the win, the Bengals clinched the AFC North title.
1. Kansas City Chiefs 31, Cincinnati Bengals 28
Nov. 13, 1988 – Kansas City, Mo.
The Bengals were 8-2 and the Chiefs were 1-8-1, but Christian Okoye ran for 102 yards and Steve DeBerg threw for 285 as Kansas City held the ball for more than 38 minutes. Nevertheless, Cincinnati led 28-19 with 6:10 remaining thanks in part to a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Stanford Jennings. Then Albert Lewis blocked Scott Fulhage's punt, and it bounced into the end zone. Deron Cherry fell on it, but officials ruled that he was out of bounds, giving the Chiefs a safety. Okoye then scored on a one-yard run to tie the game at 28-28 with 1:11 remaining. Marc Logan fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and Lewis recovered it on the 28-yard line. Kansas City ran down the clock and Nick Lowery kicked the game-winner with two seconds left.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.