“We have a team we can believe in; Several local fans head to KC for Bengals playoff game – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

KANSAS CITY, MO – Several local Cincinnati Bengals fans are making the trip from the Miami Valley to Kansas City, Missouri, for Sunday night’s AFC Championship game between the Bengals and Chiefs.

>>Photos: Several local Bengals fans traveling for Sunday’s game in Kansas City

News Center 7’s Brandon Lewis spoke to fans Thursday as some head west on Interstate 70 to cheer on the Stripes at Arrowhead Stadium.

“You can’t create memories like this,” said Mark Houseman of Springfield. ” I will be there ! Whether I have to work five jobs, I’ll be there.

He tells Lewis he got a second chance at life in 2014 and is living it to the fullest.

“I was in a coma, I read last rites in 2014,” Houseman said. “Every chance I get like this to live the day to the fullest, I’ll be there.”

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He will be staying with a group of Bengals fans in an AIRBNB, some from Pittsburgh and as far away as Lubbock, Texas.

“We’re traveling so deep right now,” Houseman said. He says it’s also because Bengals fans have waited so long and are so proud and happy.

“We have a team we can believe in,” he said. “Why not keep following this race while I can?”

Who will win on Sunday?

“I would say Bengals 31, Kansas City 24,” Houseman told Lewis.

>>PHOTOS: The Bengals take on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City

Tipp City resident David Peeples will be going to the game with a friend.

“I’ve been a Bengals fan for as long as I can remember,” he said. “It’s been up, it’s been down.”

He remembers supporting the team during the years when they were 2-14 and losing in the playoffs to the Steelers.

Peeples told Lewis the past two years have been “just amazing”.

“Absolutely amazing,” he said. “The ability to go to games and go to the AFC Championship is right now, like me going to the Super Bowl. It’s going to be amazing.

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Peeples and his friend plan to travel to Kansas City on Saturday. And even though he thinks the Bengals will win, he thinks the team should be concerned about the Chiefs.

“The Chiefs come into this game with a chip on their shoulder,” Peeples said. “Absolutely.”

Kansas City has lost twice in the regular game against the Bengals in Cincinnati, once on January 2, 2022 and December 4, 2022. They also lost last year’s AFC Championship Game on January 30.

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News Center 7 will cover the Bengals and Chiefs before kickoff. This includes the Orange Zone on Sunday morning January 29 at 11:30 a.m. with John Bedell and Larry Hansgen.

Lewis will provide live coverage from Kansas City.

Kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The winner will qualify for Super Bowl XLVII to play in San Francisco or Philadelphia on February 12 in Glendale, Arizona.

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