As he faces the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Finals for a second straight season on Sunday, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow isn’t surprised by his team’s remarkable performance.
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“I wouldn’t say it’s surreal,” the quarterback told ESPN on Friday.
“I think if you had said we were going to be in this situation a few years ago, people would have called you crazy. We trusted the process, the organization and the management and we brought together a great team and people who made it possible for us to come to this,” added the main interested party.
Last year, the protégés of Zac Taylor caused the surprise by eliminating the Chiefs at home in the final of the American Association. Cincinnati had suddenly ended a 32-year drought without participation in the Super Bowl. However, the Bengals’ fine run came to an end in the final game against the Los Angeles Rams, who won by a score of 23-20.
In the 2022 only duel between the two AFC finalists, Ohio’s squad edged Missouri 27-24. Burrow had completed 25 of his 31 stints for a total of 286 passing yards. The 26-year-old had also scored two touchdown passes in addition to adding a middle finger with his legs.
The Bengals’ first-ever pick in the 2020 NFL auction expects to see a very different Chiefs team than the one that faced Kansas City last December.
“Their young cornerbacks are getting better and better every week. They work hard and they’re two of the best running backs we’ve played against so far,” the Iowa native said, referring to rookies Joshua Williams and Jaylon Watson.
Moreover, Burrow won his three career duels against the Chiefs of Patrick Mahomes. Every game between these two Goodell Tour powerhouses has ended with a three-point gap.
The LSU University alum has won 12 of his 16 regular season starts. In addition to throwing 35 touchdown passes, he amassed a total of 4,475 yards through the air. These good performances this season earned him the first ever selection in his career for the Pro Bowl game.
The duel between the Chiefs and the Bengals takes place Sunday at the home of the Kansas City team. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.