Damar Hamlin is celebrated by football fans as he returns to the Buffalo Bills stadium. There is no happy ending for the team in the playoff loss against the Bengals.
Buffalo – The Cincinnati Bengals beat the heavily favored Buffalo Bills in the NFL playoffs and are one win away from reaching the Super Bowl. In a heavy snowfall in Buffalo, the Bengals won 27-10, with virtually no opposition, and will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Finals next Sunday. “Dominance from start to finish. The job is not done yet, we have a tough road game ahead of us,” Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow told CBS.
The duel against the Chiefs already took place last season: the Bengals won surprisingly a year ago and entered the Super Bowl, which they later lost to the Los Angeles Rams. “That’s going to be funny. Two of the best guys in the league, two of the best teams, it’s going to be exciting and I’m looking forward to it,” Burrow said. It’s open whether Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will play with his sprained ankle.
For the highly prized Bills, on the other hand, the season ends again after the divisional round. The biggest cheer from disappointed Bills fans came just before halftime when Damar Hamlin’s presence was announced over the stadium’s loudspeakers. For the 24-year-old defenseman, it was the first visit to the stadium since his cardiac arrest three weeks ago, which resulted in his abandonment of the Bills’ main-round game against the Bengals. Sitting on a box, Hamlin stood up, made a heart with his hands and used his arms to encourage viewers to cheer louder, as seen in footage from CBS TV.
Hamlin’s rapid progress after the crash had given his teammates extra momentum and motivation in recent weeks, but the hosts found no recourse against the Bengals. The guests, led by Burrow, took the lead with the first possession of the ball, and after the first quarter the Bengals were 14-0 in blizzards. Bills quarterback Josh Allen made it possible with a touchdown pass to make it 7:14, but the working-class New York City team was less than seven points behind the Bengals. dpa