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Bengals deliver game balls to Cincinnati-area bars following Bills playoff win

CINCINNATI — Members of the Cincinnati Bengals dropped off game balls to Cincinnati area bars following the team’s 27-10 playoff win in Buffalo Sunday, according to news partner WCPO in Cincinnati.

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Head coach Zac Taylor stopped at the Rhinehause in Over-The-Rhine around midnight and presented the bar with a game ball. He was greeted by cheering Bengals fans.

The ball was labeled, “two of six” and read “They gotta play us ... in the snow!”

The crowd greeted Taylor with “Who Dey” chants.

Taylor thanked fans for their support speaking briefly to them during his visit, WCPO said.

“Whatever you’re wearing right now,” he said, “same bar, next Sunday.”

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Cincinnati offensive lineman Ted Karras delivered a game ball to Oak Tavern on Madison Avenue in Oakley that was full of screaming fans, WCPO reported.

The third game ball was delivered to Gypsy’s in Covington by linebacker Germaine Pratt and safety Jessie Bates.

“We wouldn’t have it without all the amazing people that stop into Gypsy’s and cheer this team on,” the bar said in a Facebook post.

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Cincinnati will play Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium for a trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

The Chiefs advanced to the AFC Championship game beating Jacksonville, 27-20, Saturday in Kansas City.

The Bengals won last year, 27-24, in Kansas City advancing to Super Bowl LVI.

The two teams met on December 4 in Cincinnati where the Bengals won, 27-24, at Paycor Stadium.

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News Center 7 will have coverage of the Bengals and Chiefs leading up to kickoff.

This includes the Orange Zone Sunday morning, January 29, at 11:30 a.m. with John Bedell and Larry Hansgen.

News Center 7′s Brandon Lewis will also provide live coverage from Kansas City.

Kickoff between the Bengals and Chiefs will be at 6:30 p.m.

The game will be televised on Channel 7.