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Tyler Boyd and the Cincinnati Bengals are Headed to the Super Bowl

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When the Cincinnati Bengals fell behind 21-3 in the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game, the consensus was that Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were destined for a third consecutive Super Bowl berth.

It may have taken another overtime period, but Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and the Bengals had other ideas. The Bengals overcame the overtime coin toss curse and knocked off the defending AFC champs 27-24 in overtime.

Clairton’s own Tyler Boyd will be heading to the Super Bowl in his first ever NFL playoff run, helping the Bengals advance with four catches for 19 yards — including a couple of third-down conversions — against the Chiefs.

Boyd set career reception (254) and receiving yards (3,361) records during his time at Pitt before being drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Boyd caught 67 balls for 828 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, providing Burrow with a security blanket in catching 71.3 percent of his targets without a drop.

In the playoffs, Boyd has caught 10 passes for 62 yards as Burrow’s third — working a lot from the slot — target.

Through six seasons with the Bengals, Boyd has caught 388 balls for 4,571 yards and 24 touchdowns. But with the emergence of Chase and Tee Higgins in the Bengals’ offense, Boyd has transitioned into the elder statesman of the unit, wearing the captain’s patch on his jersey.

With a Super Bowl berth locked up, Boyd and the Bengals will wait for the outcome of the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams to see which Pitt alum

The Rams’ Aaron Donald and the 49ers’ K’Waun Williams each have a chance to advance to the Super Bowl with their respective squads.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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