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Rams and Bengals punch their tickets to the Super Bowl with exciting wins

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NFL: AFC Championship-Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow passes the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. The Bengals won 27-24 in overtime.
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The Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals will each advance to Super Bowl LVI after exciting wins Sunday, Jan. 30.

Rookie kicker Evan McPherson made a 31-yard field goal in overtime Sunday, capping an 18-point rally by the Bengals en route to a 27-24 upset of the host Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

Cincinnati, which had the worst record in the NFL two seasons ago, overcame a 21-3 first-half deficit against Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City, holding the high-powered Chiefs to three points after halftime.

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Joe Burrow, who has ties to Bison football and Fargo , threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns, and McPherson went 4-for-4 on field goals for the fourth-seeded Bengals.

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Joe Burrow threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns and the rookie Evan McPherson went 4-for-4 on field goals for the fourth-seeded Bengals.

NFL: NFC Championship-San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) catches a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at SoFi Stadium.
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Matt Gay kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:46 remaining and the Los Angeles Rams are headed to the Super Bowl for the second time in four seasons after notching a 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night.

Travin Howard recorded the game-clinching interception with 1:09 left as Los Angeles snapped a six-game losing streak against the 49ers. Cooper Kupp caught 11 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns, and Matthew Stafford completed 31 of 45 passes for 337 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Rams.

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Los Angeles will face the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl on Feb. 13 in its home stadium in Inglewood.

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Kenzie Miller chats with her Moorhead hockey teammates during practice.
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'I wouldn't change anything'; Moorhead's Miller finally gets to live hockey dream

The sights and sounds are well known on high school senior nights. Cheering crowd, teammates applauding, and a player and their family taking in the final moments of their high school careers.

For Moorhead senior Kenzie Miller, senior night was the culmination of a journey a year in the making.

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"There's definitely a bigger picture, I'm just living in it," Miller said.

Like many Moorhead kids, Miller grew up loving hockey and dreaming of playing when she got to high school.

"I’ve been playing since I was two years old, my dad taught me to skate," she said. "I always looked up to those girls when we had youth nights growing up. It was always fun."

She joined the team as a sophomore, earning playing time with the junior varsity Spuds. It was at the beginning of her junior year where the hockey dream turned into a nightmare.

"Coach was only having a certain amount of girls play, and I was one of the girls that was deemed a practice player," Miller remembered. "I’d get to be around the girls but I wouldn’t necessarily get to play in all the games."

It would have been easy for her to walk away permanently from the team, to look for a new path.

Kenzie, though, still loved the idea of being with the Spuds and the girls she learned the game with on their way to high school.

So after a week to digest the news, Miller had another meeting with Kraft: she wanted to stay on the team as a manager.

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The senior was told before her junior season she would be used only as a practice player.

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