Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Maia Gaddis, Editor-In-Chief of Writing

   The Kansas City Chiefs have gained a place in the Super Bowl after their win against the Cincinnati Bengals with a 23-20 final score to end the game on Sunday, January 29.

   “It was a very close game and since a lot of people were getting hurt, I felt that it wasn’t running as smooth for the second half, so I was getting very worried towards the end,” junior Paige Russell said.

   Throughout the game, five Chiefs players, including L’Jarius Sneed, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Kadarius Toney, were taken out for issues ranging from a concussion to a knee injury. With this, the game got close, the score at 13-20. The game proceeded to tie at 20-20 after running back Samaje Perine scored a touchdown for the Bengals with 13 minutes and 30 seconds left of the fourth quarter.

   Later in the game, with only eight seconds remaining of the fourth quarter, a flag on the play was called. Bengals’ player Joseph Ossai was called for unnecessary roughness against Chiefs’ player Patrick Mahomes, pushing him when Mahomes was already out of bounds. This led to Harrison Butker kicking a field goal from the 45-yard line, breaking the tie by three points and claiming the win for the Chiefs.

   “I couldn’t believe it when we won. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that we are now in the Super Bowl,” junior Lia Nickel said.

    The Chiefs are now heading to the Super Bowl for the third time in the past four years, facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles. The game will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on February 12

   “I’m really excited to see how it goes. I think it is going to be a good game. I feel confident in the Chiefs as long as they heal up properly,” Russell said.