It will be a third Super Bowl appearance in four seasons for the Chiefs, who needed a last-ditch field goal to earn a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who defied a high ankle sprain suffered in last week’s win over Jacksonville and played through the pain at Arrowhead Stadium, put the Chiefs in position for Harrison Butker’s game-winning 45-yard field goal.
In what was a repeat of last year’s AFC Championship game, Mahomes found Travis Kelce and Marquez Valdes-Scantling for their respective touchdowns from 14 and 19 yards out.
But a Mahomes fumble paved the way for the Bengals to level courtesy of Ja’Marr Chase’s touchdown, which led to a tense finale and Butker’s heroics.
The unlikely star of this NFL season, Brock Purdy, aka ‘Mr Irrelevant’ as the last pick in the 2022 draft, could not quite make it a fairytale finish for the San Francisco 49ers against Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles.
His hopes of becoming the first rookie quarterback to reach a Super Bowl were denied as an injury-ravaged 49ers – already without top signal-callers Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo – lost out 31-7 in a one-sided affair, losing both Purdy and fourth-string quarterback Josh Johnson during the game.