For the second year in a row, the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals will compete for the chance to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
All eyes will be on Patrick Mahomes and his ability to play through a high ankle sprain suffered last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mahomes returned in that same game but obviously had limited mobility. It remains to be seen whether the likely NFL MVP will retain his ability to take control of a game singlehandedly.
For Cincinnati, the key will be controlling the clock. The Bengals dominated time of possession in their Week 13 win over the Chiefs and did the same while rushing for 172 yards against the Buffalo Bills last week.
There will be plenty of exciting matchups to keep an eye on, and it’s hard to pick one factor that will sway the outcome of the game. Can the Chiefs’ skill players keep pace with the Bengals weapons? Can the Bengals offensive line hold off Chris Jones and the Chiefs’ pass rush?
Legacy is also on the line. If Cincinnati takes down the Chiefs for a second straight year, it’s possible they’ll replace Kansas City as the most feared team in football.
How to watch
What: Cincinnati Bengals (14-4) at Kansas City Chiefs (15-3)
When: Sunday, Jan. 29
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
Game time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter)
Radio: National Radio: Westwood One; Sirius channels: 82 (Bengals), 81 (Chiefs), 88 (National); XM channels: 226 (Chiefs), 225 (Bengals), 88 (National)
Online streaming: Fubo | NFL Game Pass (Free trial)
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Chiefs -1
Referee: Ron Torbert