Bengals stay alive with Samaje Perine’s 41-yard touchdown in AFC Championship showdown

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Bengals stay alive with Samaje Perine’s 41-yard touchdown in AFC Championship showdown

[ad_1] The Cincinnati Bengals are down but not out.The Bengals were down 21-3 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter when their offense wok

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The Cincinnati Bengals are down but not out.

The Bengals were down 21-3 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter when their offense woke up. With just over a minute remaining in the first half, Joe Burrow connected with running back Samaje Perine, who ran 41 yards for a touchdown.

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It was a much-needed score before halftime.

Running back Samaje Perine (34) of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes for a second quarter touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. 

Running back Samaje Perine (34) of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes for a second quarter touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. 
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The AFC Championship Game started with the Chiefs getting on the board first with a laser pass from Patrick Mahomes to wide receiver Tyreek Hill for a 10-yard touchdown pass with just a little over seven minutes left in the first quarter. 

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Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine (34) runs from Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tershawn Wharton (98) during a 41-yard touchdown reception in the first half of the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine (34) runs from Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tershawn Wharton (98) during a 41-yard touchdown reception in the first half of the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo.
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The Bengals’ offense struggled to start, managing just enough to get within field goal range. But Mahomes found tight end Travis Kelce and wideout Mecole Hardman twice for touchdowns in the first half for an 18-point lead.

The Burrow-Perine touchdown closed the gap just enough to give Cincinnati some momentum going into halftime.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a first quarter touchdown pass in front of cornerback Chidobe Awuzie of the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. 

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a first quarter touchdown pass in front of cornerback Chidobe Awuzie of the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium Jan. 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. 
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Mahomes is 18-of-21 for 220 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions while Burrow is 10-of-18 for 101 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs led 21-10 at halftime.

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