NFL Playoffs: The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills a few weeks after the Damar Hamlin collapse.



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After the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants, respectively, all eyes were on the remaining divisional round matchups Sunday, with the Buffalo Bills taking on the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bills fell to the Bengals 27-10. And the 49ers beat the Cowboys 19-12.

Here’s something else you need to know.

20 days after suffering a heart attack in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was spotted facing the Bengals, this time in the NFL Playoffs at Highmark Stadium in New York’s Orchard Park.

But the Bengals won despite Buffalo’s home field advantage and Hamlin’s presence in the stadium.

The CBS broadcast of the game showed Hamlin arriving in a cart and entering the Bills locker room wearing sunglasses, a face mask and jacket sold by the Chasing M clothing line, and a hood. Hamlin’s mother Nina, father Mario and younger brother Damir were seen entering the stadium.

Later, a video posted on social media showed Hamlin walking from the locker room to the elevator while being guarded by security officials.

Hamlin’s presence at the game was announced over the stadium’s public address system, and he received a standing ovation from the crowd at Highmark Stadium. CBS aired a video of Hamlin cheering on the crowd by making his signature heart-shaped gesture with his hands and asking the crowd to raise their hands and make some noise.

With steady snow falling in Western New York and all emotions leaning toward the bill, The Bengals came out of the gate strong. A pair of Joe Burrow touchdown passes gave Cincinnati a 14-0 lead and the Bengals took a 17-7 halftime lead.

With the Bengals leading by 14 points entering the fourth quarter, Cincinnati’s defense stifled Buffalo’s offense throughout the contest. The Bills offense was unable to generate any momentum and only managed to get into the end zone once in the game.

Cincinnati now continues its push to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs host the Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday at 6:30 pm ET.

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-12 to advance to the team’s second consecutive NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

San Francisco’s defense came out swinging, shutting down the Cowboys’ improbable offense. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott struggled with the class, passing for 206 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. One of the bright spots on the Dallas offense was wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who finished with 117 yards receiving.

49ers rookie quarterback sensation Brock Purdy continues to walk away from Mr. An unrelated match to Mr. He improved to 7-0 as the starter after taking over for the injured Jimmy Garroppolo in mid-December. Purdy threw for 214 yards in the win.

The Cowboys’ kicking struggles seem to have continued from last week’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kicker Brett Maher is off to another rough start after missing four extra point attempts last week with his extra point blocked. Maher recovered from a blocked penalty kick and hit two field goals.

The 49ers now head to Philadelphia to play the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game and have a chance to secure their spot in the Super Bowl for the second time since 2019. The game is scheduled for next Sunday at 3 pm ET.

Super Bowl LVI is scheduled for February 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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