5 stats that told the story of the Bengals' AFC Championship Game loss
1. Joe Burrow was sacked 5 times for a loss of 32 yards
The stat that truly decided the game was the five sacks on Joe Burrow. Bengals fans hoped we'd see a similar performance from this banged up o-line that we saw last week, but it was clear early on that wasn't happening.
Hakeem Adeniji got bullied throughout the game and Chris Jones was feasting against this o-line. He had never recorded a sack in the playoffs before but now he has two postseason sacks with both of them coming in this game. Frank Clark also feasted with 1.5 sacks and rookie George Karlaftis got in on the action as well with a sack.
The Bengals obviously can't help the injuries but it's hard not to be upset with the offensive line's performance in this game. Burrow had little time to make magic happen and Jones sacking Burrow on that 3rd-and-8 in the final minutes of the game was truly the moment a lot of fans thought the Bengals might not eke out another win.
Burrow has accomplished a lot with a bad offensive line but this time, it was an obstacle he couldn't overcome.