Ja'Marr Chase sets new mark for rookie excellence in NFL playoffs

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Bengals rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase now stands alone in NFL postseason history.

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The former LSU star topped the 100-yard mark in Saturday's win over the Titans in the Divisional Playoffs, marking his second consecutive such playoff performance.

No other rookie had more than one 100-yard game in the same postseason, according to multiple sources, including ESPN Stats & Info.

Chase's alma mater marked the occasion with a celebratory tweet.

"This is NFLSU," said a tweet published by LSU Football.

Chase reeled in 5 of 6 targets for 109 yards on Saturday. With his team advancing to the AFC Championship Game, he will have at least one more chance to further pad his rookie record.

Among his catches was an electrifying 57-yard catch-and-run on a Bengals first-quarter scoring drive.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the fleet-footed Chase was clocked at nearly 22 mph on the big play, which was the fastest speed recorded in a postseason game in the last six years. Chase was covered by former LSU teammate Kristian Fulton on the play, and they appeared to exchange some words afterwards.

The Louisiana native was the fifth overall pick in the 2021 draft, joining former LSU teammate and Bengals QB Joe Burrow in Cincinnati. They hooked up early and often during the regular season, with Chase recording 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. Chase set a league rookie record with 1,455 receiving yards on the season, and a single-game rookie record with 266 receiving yards against the Chiefs in Week 17.

For his exploits in his professional debut, Chase was named second-team All-Pro and selected to the Pro Bowl.

The Bengals will visit the winner of Sunday's Bills-Chiefs contest in the AFC title game on Jan. 30.

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