ORCHARD PARK, NY — Despite injuries, the Cincinnati Bengals took it the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York thanks to the play of its offensive line.
The Bengals beat the Bills, 27-10.
Cincinnati complied over 400 yards of total offense, including 240 passing yards and also 172 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked four times against the Baltimore Ravens on January 15 but only went down once Sunday against the Bills.
Cincinnati also had no turnovers against Buffalo.
After the game, former Bengal offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth praised the offensive line’s performance.
“And y’all thought the Bengals needed my old butt???” Whitworth wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “Put some respect on these men(’s) names!!! I see you big fellas!!!!” He tagged Jackson Carmen and Hakeem Adeniji in his tweet.
Head coach Zac Taylor spoke about the team’s “next man up” mindset, according to our news partner WCPO in Cincinnati.
“To rush for over 170 yards in this environment, to handle the noise the way they did, to protect Joe the way they did, I thought our offensive line was outstanding,” Taylor said.
Cincinnati will play at Kansas City on January 29 in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium for the second straight year. It also marks the first time in franchise history the Bengals are in the AFC Championship Game in back-to-back years.
The Bengals won last season in overtime, 27-24, advancing to Super Bowl LVI.
The two teams met on December 4 in the regular season where Cincinnati won, 27-24, at Paycor Stadium.
Kansas City beat Jacksonville, 27-20, Saturday to earn its fifth straight trip to the AFC Championship Game. This is the fifth straight time the Chiefs will host the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium.
The winner advances to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona on February 12.
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.
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