AFC Championship: Bengals in Kansas City for Super Bowl Berth

Ben Shpigel

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All Travis Kelce did last week against Buffalo was take eight passes in 96 yards, plot play helped Harrison Butker score the match in accordance with the rules and win in extra time. For his next trick, Kelce will try to extend his own record: He has amassed at least 95 yards in five consecutive playoffs, the longest such streak in league history.

With four receptions on Sunday, Kelce will join the famous team of Jerry Rice (151) and Julian Edelman (118) as the only players with 100 playoff catches. Only twice this season has Kelce caught less than four balls. In the Week 17 game against the Bengals, Kelce had 5 catches, in just 25 yards, and was well surrounded by the same player who would presumably be assigned to hold him back on Sunday: Tre Flowers.

The 6-foot-3 blooms, which claimed their waivers in mid-October, have emerged as a key part of Cincinnati’s specials teams, sometimes facing tight finishes like Las Vegas’ Darren Waller in the wilds, Baltimore and Kelce’s Mark Andrews in Week 17. He’s limited Kelce to two seven-yard catches, according to Pro Football Focus, and can Flowers repeat that success – or even come close – maybe decide who wins on Sunday. AFC Championship: Bengals in Kansas City for Super Bowl Berth

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