DAYTON — Ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals’ first appearance in the AFC Championship game since 1989, News Center 7′s James Rider is making the trip to Kansas City to cover the game.
Sunday’s game will air on WHIO-TV with kickoff at 3 p.m. and features the fourth-seeded Bengals taking in the second-seeded Kansas City Chiefs. The Bengals are continuing a historic playoff run, coming off a thrilling divisional round win over the top-seeded Tennessee Titans.
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The Chiefs are two-time AFC Champions and are appearing in their fourth straight AFC Championship game. They are coming off an overtime win over the third-seeded Buffalo Bills.
While the Bengals came back to beat the Chiefs 34-31 four weeks ago in Cincinnati, the sports books in Las Vegas do not predict a repeat outcome this time around. The Chiefs are favored by a touchdown.
Cincinnati and Kansas City have played each other 30 times total, regardless of venue, and the Bengals lead the all-time series 16-14.
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Both offenses are two of the most prolific through the air in the NFL, but their passing defenses are among the worst in the league.
Coming up through Sunday, Rider will be looking the similarities between the 1988 Bengals team, which played in the 1989 AFC Championship game, and this year’s team, as well as the Bengals pursuit for continuing their historical season.
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