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Bengals hold off Raiders’ rally to win first playoff game in 31 years

Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase reacts to Tyler Boyd's touchdown against the Raiders. (Jeff Dean/AP)
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Injuries, mistakes and an efficient Joe Burrow proved too difficult for Las Vegas to overcome in Saturday’s first-round AFC playoff game in Cincinnati, as the Bengals triumphed, 26-19, to end an eventful Raiders season and the home team’s 31-year spell without a playoff victory.

Burrow and the Bengals’ offense clicked from their opening drive, going 75 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and maintaining that lead through field goals and a second-quarter touchdown to Tyler Boyd. The Raiders, who lost a pair of defensive starters before halftime, stayed within two possessions and had a chance to tie the game with less than two minutes remaining. Where untimely penalties and a moment of questionable officiating hurt the team earlier in the game, it was a Derek Carr interception on a fourth-and-goal play from the Cincinnati 9-yard line that ended the Raiders’ season.  

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