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Harrison Butker could not tell on the field if his AFC Title-winning kick was good

Though the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to win the AFC Championship on Sunday, the contest appeared headed for overtime with less than a minute to go.

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker — after a season of struggles with inconsistency and injury — gave the Chiefs their three-point margin of victory with a 45-yard field goal. Only three seconds remained for Butker’s ensuing kickoff.

For the sixth-year pro — who missed six field goals, three extra point attempts and four games on the season — it was a moment of vindication.