Bills vs. Bengals score: Live updates, game stats, highlights, analysis for 2023 NFL playoffs

The Bengals and Bills have one half of their divisional round playoff showdown in the books. Through two quarters, Cincinnati has held control of this game in snowy Buffalo thanks to a gangbusters start out of the gate. 

Joe Burrow led back-to-back touchdown drives to begin the game, while the Bengals defense held the Bills offense to consecutive three-and-outs that gave Zac Taylor’s team a 14-point cushion at the end of the first quarter. Josh Allen and company were able to get into a rhythm on their third possession of the day as the quarterback finished off the 13-play drive with a goal-line touchdown. However, Cincinnati answered by driving down the field to kick a field goal to extend the lead back to double-digits before the break.

The winner of this matchup will meet the Kansas City Chiefs at the AFC Championship game, but the location of that game will be determined by the results of this head-to-head. If the Bengals pull off the upset, that game will be held at Arrowhead Stadium. However, if the Bills win, the conference title game will be played on a neutral field at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

So, will the Bengals hang onto the lead? Or does Buffalo have a second-half comeback in them? We’re about to find out. As this game continues to unfold be sure to check out our live blog of Sunday’s head-to-head. Below, you’ll get expert analysis and real-time highlights of all the top plays.

How to watch

Date: Sunday, Jan. 22 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Highmark Stadium (Buffalo, New York)
TV: CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (try free for 30 days with promo code PLAYOFFS)    
Follow: CBS Sports App 
Odds: Bills -5.5, O/U 49 (courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook


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