Bengals stop Raiders late race; Vegas One and Done in Playoffs – CBS San Francisco

CINCINNATI (AP) – Joe Burrow led an effective strike that scored six drives, including two of his touchdown passes, and rookie Evan McPherson made four as the Cincinnati Bengals came last. advanced to the knockout stages with a 26-19 win over Las Vegas in Saturday’s wild card game.

It’s a win three decades in the making for the Bengal team (11-7). After going from worst to first in the Northern AFC with an often young squad, they ended an embarrassingly protracted 31-year drought and eight consecutive defeats.

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“Ai Dey” really.

Coach Zac Taylor said the balls would go to team owner Mike Brown and the city itself.

“Some of them may not understand the significance of what happened today,” he said of his players. “The city can finally enjoy… this team and relieve the pressure of the past 31 years. Today means a lot to so many people. “

Their next opponent will depend on results in two other AFC matches this weekend.

Raiders v. Bengals

Raiders midfielder Derek Carr was sacked by the Bengals’ Sam Hubbard on 15 January 2022 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo / AJ Mast)

The Bengals had to survive as the Raiders drove to the 9-yard line, but Derek Carr was blocked in fourth by Germaine Pratt.

“I think Germaine has taken a really big step this year,” Taylor said. “I think last year was a good step forward, I think this year he has taken a leap. Super reliable for us. ”

Helped by some official affairs by Jerome Boger’s crew that may have allowed Burrow’s touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd to count when it shouldn’t have, the Bengals also extended a prolonged drought. after the season for the Raiders (10-8).

Las Vegas, which had won their last four games to advance to the knockout stages, last won after the season in the 2002 AFC Championship match.

Cincinnati made it 4 for 4 when he scored late in the first half, despite some controversy. Burrow rolled to the right to avoid pressure and threw from the sideline. The game went on despite an incorrect referee claiming that Burrow was out of bounds. Boyd caught a 10-yard pass at the bottom of the back yard to take a 20-6 lead. The game counted, in the face of objections from the Raiders, who invoked the rule that the ball must be returned to its previous position.

And Las Vegas lost seven points.

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“It’s a great win for us, for the city, for the organization,” said Burrow, the top overall pick in the 2020 draft, who leads the NFL in completion percentage this season, said. “But we were expecting this, so it won’t be a big celebration like when we won. We took care of the business. It goes to the next round. ”

After Daniel Carlson, the league’s top scorer, hit 47 yards to give Las Vegas the lead, the Bengals counter-attacked. And keep scoring, even though it’s mostly on the field. Burrow beat Cincinnati 75 yards in 10 innings, connecting with CJ Uzomah at the front end of the field in third from 7 to make it 7-3. Burrow threw 65 yards in the driveway and Uzomah celebrated his score with the Ickey Shuffle.

Then the Bengals’ defense reinforced with their sack leader, Trey Hendrickson, stripping Carr of the ball and clearing defensive Larry Ogunjobi rumbling 11 yards with it for the Raiders 10. But Las Vegas organized and Evan McPherson made a 31-yard yard goal.

Mistakes keep coming to the away team. Peyton Barber touched a failed kick that went out of bounds at Raiders 2, sending them into a hole they couldn’t climb when Carr was sacked in Game 1. All-rounder AJ Cole overcame a motion. 58 yards, but 14-yard Trent Taylor returned to set up Cincinnati once again in the key position.

Ja’Marr Chase, who had nine receptions for 116 yards, fell victim to the Raiders repeatedly, his 38-yard reception sending the Bengals into 6th place before they stalled. McPherson took a 30-yard runner to take a 13-3 lead. The score was early 13-6 as the Raiders got two things right, in the end: Josh Jacobs ran 14 and 35 yards leading to Carlson’s 28-yard goal.

The Raiders’ impressive two minutes of drilling, capped by Carr’s 14-meter pass to Zay Jones with 13 seconds remaining in the second half, made it 20-13. McPherson, who was selected in the fifth round last April, netted two more goals in the second half, as did Carlson.

The crowd of 66,277 fans hungry for some playoff gold had to hold their breath before getting it.


Raiders: LB Divine Deablo (concussion) left in second after being beaten by Uzomah on a 29-yard pass. Quinton Jefferson has leg pain. CB Brandon Facyson passed away in a shock.

Bengals: DT Mike Daniels injured his groin in the first half and did not return. Ogunjobi had to leave the field early in the third half because of a leg injury. Hendrickson passed away with a concussion in the third quarter. They finished with just two healthy defensive tackles.


Raiders return home to weigh missed opportunities.

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Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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