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The upcoming Chiefs-Bengals game is sure to produce fireworks as Joe Burrow returns to Arrowhead Stadium for the second season in a row for the AFC Championship game. Patrick Mahomes is playing in front of a home crowd once again in what has become a regular appearance in the AFC title game for the QB sensation and his team.

Last year's game saw the Bengals rally in the second half to bring the game level, before forcing Mahomes into an interception in overtime that set up Evan McPhersons game winning field goal for Cincinnati.

Bengals vs Chiefs History

The Bengals and Chiefs have played each other 32 times so far since their first meeting back on October 13th, 1968. The 2022 season AFC Championship game will mark their second matchup in the AFC title game in as many seasons, with both franchises hitting home runs on their quarterback selections in recent drafts.

8 Things you need to know about Bengals vs Chiefs History ahead of the 2022 AFC Championship Game

  1. Bengals vs Chiefs Last Game

The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs will meet for the second time this season as they play for a spot in Super Bowl LVII this coming Sunday.

Their last encounter took place just a month ago in early December, when Mahomes and the Chiefs traveled to Paycor Stadium to play Joe Burrow in his home stadium.

The Chiefs defense had a hard time slowing down Joe Burrow that day. He is earning a name for himself as an efficient quarterback, and his outing against Kansas City in December was the second time in the 2022 season that he finished his day with an 80% or higher completion percentage.

Burrow threw 25/31 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns, ending the game with an 80.7% completion percentage and a 126.6 passer rating, some of the most impressive and efficient Bengals vs Chiefs stats from any quarterback in recent history. 

Kansas City will need to come up with some answers if they’re too slow him down a second time around.

  1. Bengals vs Chiefs All-Time Record

Bengals fans narrowly have the bragging rights in the head-to-head encounters between these two teams, boasting an 18-14 record.

In the early years of the Bengals-Chiefs rivalry from 1968 to 1970, Cincinnati lost four out of the first five games. However, they were able to bounce back by winning the next four consecutive games and regain some momentum in the series.

In recent Chiefs vs Bengals history, Cincinnati have won seven of the last eight between the two teams, dating between 2008 and 2022. 

  1. Patrick Mahomes Playing Regular Host to AFC Championship Game

Patrick Mahomes took over as the starter for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018, and he has led them to the AFC Championship game in every season since.

Mahomes has not yet played an AFC championship game away from home, having hosted four consecutive games at Arrowhead Stadium. The upcoming game against the Bengals in the 2022 NFL season will be his fifth home game in the AFC championship.

Kansas City have gone 2-2 in those games so far, advancing to the Super Bowl in both 2019 and 2020, and winning Super Bowl LIV. The two he lost came against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in 2018, and Joe Burrow and the Bengals in 2022, making the upcoming game quite the rematch between the two quarterbacks.

  1. Two High Flying Offenses Clash

Patrick Mahomes led the league in 2022 for touchdown passes in the regular season. He was the only quarterback to throw for over 5,000 passing yards and over 40 touchdowns, ending the regular season with 41.

Joe Burrow, Mahomes' opponent in the upcoming AFC championship game, tied with Josh Allen for second place in touchdown passes with 35.

Mahomes and Burrow are both finalists for the MVP award after another highly successful season. Their head-to-head matchup this weekend in Kansas City is expected to be one of the most exciting games in AFC championship history.

  1. Head Coaches Head-to-Head

Andy Reid is a certified Hall of Fame football coach, who has built one of the strongest coaching trees of any coach in the history of the game. Reid is tied second all-time in playoff victories with 20, behind only Bill Belichick who has 31.

Andy Reid has been a head coach since 1999 when he began leading the Philadelphia Eagles, whereas Bengals head coach Zac Taylor is relatively new to the position.

Taylor took over as the Bengals HC in 2019, and despite having far less experience in the big job than Andy Reid, he currently holds a perfect record against him, with three wins and zero losses.

It’s not often that any coach or team gets the better of Andy Reid repeatedly. Watching these two coaches try to master each other once again makes for an epic matchup.

  1. Joe Burrow is a Perfect 3-0 vs Mahomes

Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes are considered by many to be among the elite of the next generation of quarterbacks. Mahomes already has a Super Bowl victory, having won it in his second season as a starter. Burrow has also reached the Super Bowl but was unable to secure the win in his first attempt.

The two QBs are destined for great things, with each franchise building around their superstar signal caller with the hopes of many successes for years to come. While Mahomes has achieved sensational things in his young career so far, there is one thing he has not yet done, and that’s beat Joe Burrow.

Mahomes played one game against the Bengals while Joe Burrow was still in college back in 2018, but since his arrival, all three encounters have been won by the Bengals. That included the first of the three head to heads, in which Burrow threw for 446 yards and 4 touchdowns on January 2nd, 2022.

  1. Post Season History

The Bengals vs Chiefs record in the playoffs is quite simply 1-0, with the two sides never coming together in a postseason game until the 2021 season.

Both teams have made it to three Super Bowls, with the Bengals making it to the big game twice in the 80s and once more in 2021 but being unable to win one of those three. The Kansas City Chiefs capitalized on two of their three visits, having lost to the Green Bay Packers in a blowout in Super Bowl I back in 1967.

Three years later they would win their first in Super Bowl IV, and 50 years later it was Patrick Mahomes who bought them their second Lombardi trophy at Super Bowl LIV.

  1. 2021 AFC Championship Ranks Amongst the Greatest of All Time

The 2021 Championship game between the Bengals and the Chiefs became an instant classic.

The Cincinnati Bengals went into the game an underdog after stunning football fans with a 10-7 record in Joe Burrows first full season. The Bengals had been rebuilding, but nobody expected them to turn things around quite so quickly.

The Chiefs went up early in the game, going out to a 21-10 lead at halftime. Tyreek Hill was tackled one yard short of the end zone on the last play of the half, giving the Bengals some life.

In the second half, Burrow came out and led his team back into the game, tying it up at 31-31 at the end of regulation. When Kansas City won the toss and took the football in overtime, Chiefs fans cheered around Arrowhead Stadium on the assumption that there was no stopping Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense, and that they would be heading for the Super Bowl with a touchdown.

However, on the third play of overtime, Mahomes was picked off by safety Vonn Bell, and the Bengals maneuvered into field goal range allowing Evan McPherson to kick the game winning three points that sent Cincinnati to their first Super Bowl since 1988.