The Cincinnati Bengals’ wideout Tyler Boyd believes the Kansas City Chiefs were fortunate to get past the Bengals in the 2022 AFC Championship and win Super Bowl LVII.
Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Boyd said that the Bengals would have beaten the Chiefs if only he was able to play the entire game. Boyd suffered a thigh bruise in the second quarter of the AFC Championship and was forced to miss the remainder of the contest.
“Still to this day, I feel like if I would have played the whole game, I was the key factor,” Boyd told reporters about the Chiefs’ 20-23 win over the Bengals. “We would’ve won the game.”
Boyd made two catches for 40 yards before the injury took place. He attempted to get back in the second half, but treatment wasn’t effective enough to allow him a return to action.
“I wish I was able to do it, but things happen,” he added.
The Bengals’ head coach Zac Taylor previously said that losing Boyd did have a significant impact on the game plan. The Chiefs were able to double-team Cincinnati’s two primary wide receivers, Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase, forcing Taylor to make various adjustments.
Tyler Boyd, who has spent his entire NFL career with the Bengals, had 82 catches for 762 yards and five touchdowns last season. He currently has one year left on his contract with Cincinnati, but it is unclear whether he’ll play it out since the team would get close to $9 million in salary cap space if they release the 28-year-old player.