The Bengals had a memorable first Sunday of 2022. Week 17 for the team was the confirmation of three great news: the ticket to the playoffs, the watershed of an improvement that had not occurred since 2015 with the AFC North title and its first season double-digit wins (10-6).
Cincinnati is now on a three-game winning streak to atop the divisional championship, beating (34-31) this weekend over two-time Super Bowl champions: the Chiefs.
El quarterback Joe Burrow, rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and head coach Zac Taylor combined a leading victory in the AFC North that was defined with a last-minute field goal.
The Paul Brown stadium packed witnessed Burrow’s injury and his record for 446 yards. The quarterback surpassed 300 yards for the sixth time this season and became a season-long passing leader for the team, breaking Andy Dalton’s record in 2013.
Ja’Marr Chase set a more than 40-year-old record in his historic first season in the NFL. The wide receiver finished the game with 11 receptions for 266 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the previous mark set by Jerry Butler of the Buffalo Bills in 1979 with 255. He also reached a franchise record held by Chad Johnson, who had a performance of 11 receptions for 260 yards and two touchdowns in 2006.
The Bengals They are in the area of media and commercial attention that the playoffs mean, being a team that is worth below the average of a franchise of the NFL which is 3.5 billion dollars. Cincinnati ranks third-to-last in value out of the league’s 32 franchises, with $ 2.275 million.
Tennessee Titans took the title
The Tennessee Titans They took the AFC South title thanks to their 34-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The loss of the Dolphins paid for the Patriots to secure their place in the playoffs. New England defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 50-10.
The Pats are back after missing the playoffs in 2020, snapping an 11-season streak of reaching the postseason. Bill Belichick’s team also snapped a two-game streak with Sunday’s win and gave the all-time great coach his 20th season with double-digit wins, tying him with Hall of Famer Don Shula for the most. amount in history.
Tennessee has now won consecutive AFC South crowns for the first time since the division’s inception in 2002. With the title win, Tennessee also booked a trip to the playoffs for the third consecutive season, which is the first since the franchise arrived. to Tennessee in 1997 and the first for the club since a streak of seven consecutive playoff appearances from 1987 to 1993.
The Bills de Buffalo they made a third straight trip to the postseason by virtue of their 29-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens’ last-minute loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Bills ‘playoff trip marks the first time the franchise has reached three consecutive postseason and has had three double-digit winning seasons in a row since the Bills’ streak of four straight trips to the Super Bowl ended the season. from 1993.
Buffalo made the playoffs in six straight seasons from 1988 to 1993 and had double-digit victories from 1990 to 1993 consecutively.
The Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Broncos were out of playoff chances.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers says goodbye to Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown said goodbye to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On offense during the third quarter against the New York Jets, the star catcher removed his helmet, jersey and pads, waved to fans at MetLife Stadium and ran into the tunnel. The video showed his teammate Mike Evans trying to stop Brown from removing his uniform.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians told the media after Tampa Bay’s 28-24 win that Brown I was no longer with the team.
“He’s not a Buc anymore. That’s the end of the story. I’ve never seen anything like this in all my years,” Arians said.
Quarterback Tom Brady described it as a “tough situation” after the game.
“We all want him to get help in the ways he needs it. We all love him deeply. Unfortunately, he will not be with our team. People have to be compassionate and empathetic to things that are happening.”