It feels like the Cincinnati Bengals are playing both themselves and the refs as the Chiefs had multiple penalties that seemed to extend their drives in the fourth quarter.
From holdings to even a late intentional grounding play on Joe Burrow, the Bengals continued to be flagged, and it made a difference. On a drive in the fourth, that eventually ended as a punt, the play should’ve stopped by the ref, but the Chiefs got another play.
Why is he trying to stop the play and if no one heard him why did the Chiefs get another play? I'm so confsued pic.twitter.com/WEwHmhqvT9— Computer Cowboy (@benbbaldwin) January 30, 2023
On top of that, they were then awarded the first down anyway as Eli Apple, who was among chirping throughout the week, held on the play.
eli apple critical holding call on third down, negating a sack and giving the chiefs a first down with 10:00 to play in the fourth quarter of the afc title game. hate to see it. you really do. pic.twitter.com/3N4Eit5ASX— alex brasky (@alexbrasky) January 30, 2023
Thankfully, this was ultimately a punt, and it made a huge difference as the Bengals got the ball back in their own half of the field with 2 minutes and 30 seconds remaining. They were then able to convert a 3rd and 16 to keep their drive alive.
Nonetheless, this was a difficult sequence for a defense that has been solid for most of the postseason.