Cincinnati missed an opportunity to go into halftime with a two-score lead when the Chiefs snuffed out a jet sweep on fourth down with less than a minute left in the second quarter, and that meant Kansas City trailed just 14-10 going into the break and possession to start the second half.
The Chiefs took their first lead on Isiah Pacheco’s 8-yard run on the opening drive of the third quarter, and the Bengals settled for a 36-yard game-tying field goal from Evan McPherson the ensuing possession. Kansas City responded with a Mahomes touchdown run to make it 24-17 with 3:49 remaining in the period, and Tyler Boyd dropped a pass in the end zone that would have tied the game again.
Instead, McPherson came out for a 41-yard field goal, and Kansas City was approaching midfield when Pratt made his big play on Kelce after he caught a 19-yard pass from Mahomes. After Evans’ first touchdown of the season gave Cincinnati the lead for good, Ossai came up with the third-down sack to force the field goal Harrison Butker missed from 55 yards.
Burrow, who scored the team’s first touchdown on a 4-yard run, finished with 286 yards passing and two touchdowns in the air to go along with 46 yards on 11 carries. Samaje Perine had 106 yards on 21 carries and added 49 yards receiving as Bengals running back Joe Mixon was inactive for a second straight game because of a concussion suffered in Week 10.
Ja’Marr Chase made his return to the field after missing four games with a fractured hip and proved to be just fine, leading the receivers with 97 yards on seven catches.
Mahomes, the league’s passing leader, had one of his lowest passing total for the season with just 223 yards and one touchdown. Pacheco had 66 of the Chiefs’ 138 yards rushing.
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