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Last-Second FG Pushes Bengals Over Titans Into AFC Championship Game

Catch up with all the action from Cincinnati’s thrilling divisional round win with our live blog.

Bengals 19, Titans 16 — FINAL

Bengals fans waited 31 years for a playoff win.

They only waited one week for a second.

Cincinnati upset the top-seeded Titans, 19–16, on Evan McPherson’s walk-off 52-yard field goal on Saturday in Nashville. The Bengals won on the moneyline at +165 odds, covered as a 4-point underdog (-110) and the under (48.5) cashed at -110 odds.

Cincinnati (12–7) will visit either No. 2 Kansas City or No. 3 Buffalo in the AFC Championship Game next Sunday, their first trip to the conference title game since 1988.

The Bengals won this game despite Joe Burrow being sacked a record nine times—yes, nine—and Burrow (28 of 37, 348 yards) not throwing a touchdown pass.

The Bengals’ defense delivered with three interceptions that led to six points, including the game-winning field goal. Logan Wilson intercepted Ryan Tannehill with 20 seconds remaining, and Burrow connected with Ja’Marr Chase on the next play (five catches, 109 yards) to set up McPherson’s fourth field goal of the day.

McPherson converted all four of his attempts, including two from 50-plus yards.

Tennessee’s offense just could not sustain strong drives, even with Derrick Henry returning. Henry rushed 20 times for 62 yards and a touchdown, but didn’t take over a game like normally does. But this game doesn’t fall on his shoulders.

Tannehill has been outstanding as a Titan, but he didn’t have his best season and this game is going to leave a sour taste in Titans' fans mouth. Tennessee has now lost three straight playoff games dating to the 2020 AFC Championship Game. There are sure to be talk radio discussions about whether the Titans need to upgrade at the position.

The Titans wasted a brilliant game from A.J. Brown, who caught five balls for 142 yards and a score. That touchdown cashed his last touchdown prop at +850 odds.

The Bengals beat the Chiefs in Cincinnati this season, but did not play the Bills. They will be underdogs against either team, but they won’t be lacking confidence. Burrow, Chase, Tee Higgins (seven catches, 96 yards) and Joe Mixon (105 total yards, one touchdown) are a tough combination for any team to slow down.

This game featured a mixed bag in terms of betting.

The running backs (Henry and Mixon) both did not clear their rushing yards props, while Burrow cleared his passing yards total and Tannehill failed to do so. Chase, Higgins, Brown and Julio Jones each cleared their receiving yards props.

Those who backed this parlay at SI Sportsbook cashed at +700 odds: Bengals win, under 47.5 points and Bengals win the first half.

The Bengals are now playing with house money.

They weren’t expected to win the AFC North. They did.

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They were underdogs against Tennessee. They won.

Now, they’re one win away from the Super Bowl.

Can Chase and Burrow take it back to 1988? We’ll find out next week.

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The Bengals are headed to the AFC Championship Game for the first time in 33 years!

Evan McPherson drilled a walk-off 52-yard field goal to give the Bengals a 19–16 win over the top-seeded Titans.

The Bengals intercepted Ryan Tannehill for the third time with 20 seconds remaining, and Joe Burrow then found Ja’Marr Chase for a 19-yard catch to put them in field goal range. McPherson completed a perfect day by converting his fourth field goal.

No. 4 Cincinnati will visit the winner of Bills-Chiefs next Sunday.

7:27 p.m. ET — Three picks!

The Bengals just picked off Ryan Tannehill for a third time tonight and have the ball at their own 47-yard line with 20 seconds left.

What a play!

7:20 p.m. ET — Two Minutes Left!!!

The Titans’ defense has given its offense a chance.

Tennessee forced another punt and the Titans have the ball at their own 19-yard-line with a second-and-7 looming on the other side of the two-minute warning.

Can Ryan Tannehill, who has not played well, redeem himself?

Let’s see ...

7:10 p.m. ET — How to Lose a Game

The Titans just made two rather odd calls that pe