The Cincinnati Bengals knocked off the No. 1 seeded Tennessee Titans and will be making the trek to Kansas City for the AFC Championship Game. Joe Burrow played a major part in getting his team to this point even if his performance on Saturday wasn’t perfect.
Burrow finished the game with just nine incompletions while throwing for 348 yards and one interception. It was his first game with an interception since Week 13 vs. the Chargers and it was his first game without a touchdown pass since that blowout loss to Cleveland in Week 9.
Even still, Burrow persevered. The poor guy was sacked nine times for a loss of 68 yards and was hit a total of 13 times so it’s not like it was the easiest day at the office for him. He did what he could with what little protection he had and that’s what makes the kid such a fun player to watch. He’s the real deal.
Best from Joe Burrow
With this pass, McPherson was able to come out and kick the game-winner from 52 yards out. Maybe Burrow had other “better” moments but considering how much pressure had been on him (literally) during the game, seeing him make this throw automatically made it his best of the evening.
Worst from Joe Burrow
As mentioned earlier, the Bengals signal-caller was sacked a record-breaking nine times. It does need to be stated, however, that a few of those sacks were Burrow’s fault, as he held onto the ball too long. This is an area where the former No. 1 overall pick needs to improve.
The worst play of the day from Burrow came early in the fourth quarter. Tennessee had just tied the game up at the end of the third quarter and Cincinnati’s offense started their drive down the field.
On third down with the Bengals in field goal range, Burrow took a brutal sack that then moved them out of field goal range. It was one of the few things that couldn’t happen on that play and Burrow held onto the ball too long and paid the price.
While the Bengals won the game anyway, this would have been a play we went back and looked at over and over again had the good guys not come out on top.
Burrow is only in his second year with the Bengals and he’s gotten them to the AFC title game. We all knew the kid would bounce back and be great this year but no one saw this coming, not even the most optimistic fans.
I can’t wait to see what Burrow can do in Kansas City this Sunday!