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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was easy to forget after back-to-back Super Bowl appearances the past two years, but the Kansas City Chiefs have a tortuous history in the playoffs.

They added another chapter to the sad list in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, a 27-24 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs led 21-3 in the second quarter but collapsed after that, with the Bengals putting up 21 straight points to take a 24-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

patricio mahomes he threw for touchdowns on each of the Chiefs’ first three possessions, but they did not score again until Harrison Butker’s 44-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Chiefs won the toss, but Mahomes threw an interception on the first possession and the Bengals made the game-winning field goal.

The Chiefs won’t be distraught just about blowing an 18-point lead, but about a decision they made late in the first half. Leading 21-10 with five seconds left and no timeouts remaining, they attempted a pass play from Cincinnati 1 instead of kicking a field goal.

Mahomes completed a pass to Tyreek Hill but before it reached the end zone, and Hill was unable to get into the end zone or out of bounds before time expired.

It’s the final troublesome chapter of the playoffs for the Chiefs. In recent years they blew a 28-point lead during a loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round (2013 season), lost by two points without allowing a touchdown to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round (2016), blew an advantage. of 18 points in a loss to the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round (2017) and lost in overtime to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game (2018).

The Bengals’ 18-point comeback ties with the most in the conference championship round (the 2006 Indianapolis Colts over the New England Patriots) and the second-largest road comeback in NFL postseason history.

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