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Bengals Fans Are Already Furious With Today's Referees

A Cincinnati Bengals helmet sitting on the field.

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 01: A Cincinnati Bengals helmet sits on the field before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Aller /Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals have ended their decades long AFC Championship Game appearance drought today. But Bengals fans are quickly getting concerned that the refs will cost them a trip to the Super Bowl.

On the second drive of the game, the Bengals found themselves in the Kansas City Chiefs' redzone. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw the ball to Tee Higgins in the back of the endzone, but Higgins couldn't reel in the ball.

However, replay showed that a Chiefs defender Rashad Henton was latched onto Higgins' arm. The referees didn't throw the flags though, depriving the Bengals of a first down.

On third down, it was a similar situation with wideout Ja'Marr Chase. Contact by the Chiefs made a catch impossible. The Bengals ultimately settled for a field goal.

Bengals fans were furious that neither pass interference or holding were called. Many have taken to Twitter, calling out the refs for costing them a chance at a touchdown.

In fairness, the Kansas City Chiefs had some referee mistakes cost them a timeout in the first quarter. But unlike the Bengals, they were able to overcome that issue and score a touchdown.

Kansas City leads Cincinnati 14-3 early in the second quarter with the Bengals seemingly unable to stop the Chiefs defense. But making any headway is going to be tough if they don't get better calls on the field.

Can the Bengals overcome these officiating errors and win the AFC Championship Game?

The AFC Championship Game is being played on CBS.