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The NFL divisional round continues Sunday with Joe Burrow and the AFC’s third-seed Cincinnati Bengals taking on Josh Allen and the AFC second-seed Buffalo Bills. 

The winner will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend for a spot in Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.

Later, the NFC will take center stage, as the fifth-seed Dallas Cowboys face the second-seed San Francisco 49ers (6:30 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App). The winner of that game will go on to face the Philadelphia Eagles next week.

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Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills

And we’re off!

The Bengals went 79 yards in six plays — four of which went for first downs — and capped off the drive with a dazzling 28-yard touchdown from Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase to put Cincinnati up 7-0 early.

Making a statement

The Bills went three-and-out on their first drive, putting the ball right back in Burrow & Co.’s hands.

The Bengals didn’t waste any time capitalizing on their next possession. Burrow hit tight end Hayden Hurst for a 15-yard score to put Cincy ahead 14-0 late in the first quarter.

Just like that, Burrow was a perfect 9-for-9 for 105 yards and two touchdowns through two drives.

Trouble for the home team

The Bills went three-and-out once again on their ensuing drive, thanks to a strong showing from the Bengals’ defense.

The first quarter ended with Allen just 2-for-4 passing for only six yards, while the Bills had just 11 total yards of offense.

Stay tuned for updates!

Setting the stage

Buffalo is aiming to turn things around after a close call in the opening round, nearly falling at the hands of the Miami Dolphins and rookie third-string QB Skylar Thompson.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati is in the middle of a nine-game win streak. Burrow has completed 68.3% of his throws for 4,475 yards (fifth in NFL) and 35 touchdowns (tied for second) despite playing one fewer game due to the Week 17 cancelation.

No. 3 returns

Sunday’s tilt comes a mere 20 days after the regular-season game between these two games was canceled following the collapse of Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who has since been released from the hospital and is on the road to recovery.

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