Hoping to clinch their eighth consecutive playoff berth with a road victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs instead lost their third consecutive three-point game to Cincinnati, falling 27-24.
The Bengals ran out to an 11-point lead in the second quarter, but the Chiefs fought back. Just before halftime, a brilliant fourth-and-1 stop at the goal line by Kansas City defensive end Carlos Dunlap kept Cincinnati from banking an additional score before intermission — which allowed the Chiefs to take a 17-14 lead in the third quarter, which became a 24-17 lead as the third quarter came to a close.
After holding the Bengals to a field goal as the fourth quarter began, Kansas City was armed with momentum as they drove downfield, hoping to extend their lead to two scores. But at the end of a 19-yard reception, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce fumbled. That gave Cincinnati the ball at Kansas City 46-yard line. The Bengals drove down the field to take a 27-24 lead — and a Harrison Butker 55-yard field goal attempt that could have tied the game at 27 with just over three minutes remaining went wide.