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Travis Kelce took profane shot at Bengals in live interview after win

It took all of maybe five seconds for Travis Kelce to rub it in on the Cincinnati Bengals after Sunday’s victory.

Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs took out the Bengals in the AFC title game on a late go-ahead field goal by Harrison Butker that gave the Chiefs the 23-20 win. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was having an interview after the final whistle with Tracy Wolfson of CBS when Kelce crashed their interview and took a profane shot at the Bengals.

“Woo! ‘Burrowhead’ my a–,” said an extremely giddy Kelce. “Woo! It’s Mahomes’ house!”

Here is the video (but obviously beware of the curse word).

Kelce was referencing all the smack that the Bengals players were talking before Sunday’s game, which was played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Having enjoyed past success at the stadium (including defeating the Chiefs during last year’s AFC title game), the Bengals confidently began referring to Arrowhead as “Burrowhead” after Bengals QB Joe Burrow.

The “Burrowhead” trash talk between the two teams had gotten pretty darn heated in recent days. But in the end, it was Kelce, Mahomes, and the Chiefs who got the last laugh. They will now play in Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles (which marks Kansas City’s third Super Bowl berth in the last four seasons).

Joseph Ossai costs Bengals with unbelievable penalty against Chiefs

The name Joseph Ossai won’t be forgotten by Cincinnati Bengals fans anytime soon, and not for a good reason.

Ossai committed as costly of a penalty as possible in Cincinnati’s AFC Championship Game loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs had a 3rd-and-4 at the Cincinnati 47 with 17 seconds left in a 20-20 game. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes scrambled to his right after being pressured. Not only did he pick up the first down and go out of bounds, but he also drew a penalty for a late hit by Ossai.

Ossai shoved Mahomes after the Chiefs quarterback was already out of bounds.

That penalty occurred with eight seconds left. The 15-yard penalty gave the Chiefs the ball at the Cincinnati 27, putting the Chiefs in field goal range. On the next play, Harrison Butker nailed a 45-yard field goal with three seconds left that put the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

Ossai added literal injury to the insult of losing as he hurt his knee on the play.

What a brutal play by Ossai.

Great photo of Joel Embiid next to Kevin Hart goes viral

Jan 6, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) looks on during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid can make darn near anyone look small, while Kevin Hart can make lots of people look big. When you get the two next to each other, the product can be magical.

FOX 29 in Philaldephia’s Breland Moore shared a photo on Twitter Sunday from the NFC Championship Game where the Eagles were hosting the San Francisco 49ers. The photo showed Embiid, a 76ers star player, next to Hart, a famous actor who is from Philly.

Embiid is 7-feet tall, while Hart is just a few inches over five feet.

Take a look at the result:

Hart looks like he’s about half Embiid’s size there.

The photo brought up memories of the funny Jose Altuve-Aaron Judge picture.

Fortunately for both men, the Eagles got the win. Maybe the pressure will be on Embiid and his 76ers to live up to the success of the Phillies and Eagles and make the NBA Finals this season.

CBS made bizarre graphics screw-up about Super Bowl date

February 11, 2019; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; American sportscaster Jim Nantz on the 18th hole during the conclusion of the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The conclusion was delayed due to weather and darkness. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The CBS halftime show during the AFC Championship made a bit of a glaring mistake when previewing the remainder of the NFL playoff schedule on Sunday.

Some viewers noticed that CBS’ graphic was very wrong when it came to the correct Super Bowl date. It was listed as being on February 29, a date which does not even exist this year.

For reference, the Super Bowl is actually on February 12, two weeks from Sunday as usual. Perhaps the graphic was previously used to highlight the date of Sunday’s conference championship games and the mistake just slipped in, but either way, someone probably should have caught that.

Despite the weird mistake, the CBS halftime show managed to be a lot less chaotic than last year’s. At least they can point to that outcome.

NFL needs to consider 1 rule change after 49ers debacle

Sep 23, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches play on the sidelines during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL needs to consider making one rule change after what happened with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Niners quarterback Brock Purdy suffered an elbow injury on the team’s opening drive in the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Backup quarterback Josh Johnson entered the game and replaced him.

But Johnson got hurt on the 49ers’ first possession of the third quarter and was knocked out with a concussion.

Having little choice with their options, the Niners re-inserted Purdy into the game even though he couldn’t throw more than a screen pass. Their other options were going to an emergency quarterback like Christian McCaffrey or Kyle Juszczyk.

The NFL has already figured out how important the quarterback position is to the league. They have made rule changes over the year to try to protect quarterbacks as much as possible. They also are very sensitive about concussion checks, which has led players to leave games with greater frequency than before. That’s why it makes little sense for them to play high-profile games with one team effectively having no quarterback; it’s bad for the product.

The league used to have emergency quarterbacks available for each team who could only play if the first two quarterbacks got hurt. But the league eschewed that policy in favor of having a 46th roster spot that they could just use on any player, regardless of position. Teams could choose to use the 46th spot on a third QB, but they don’t do it. They shouldn’t have to make that choice.

The NFL should just reinstate the emergency quarterback policy so games can continue without such a severe dropoff in competitiveness. They should allow each team to have their practice squad quarterback travel to each game and be available if the top two quarterbacks get injured.

We’re not saying that a practice squad quarterback would have helped the Niners come back from down 31-7, but at least another QB would have made the game more watchable and competitive.

Were 49ers the latest victims of ‘Drake Curse’?

Jun 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Canadian rapper Drake poses for photos on the red carpet before the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Times change, seasons change, but “The Drake Curse” remains eternal.

The “Her Loss” rapper Drake revealed before Sunday’s NFL action that he had placed an $800,000 bet on the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC title game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Here is a screenshot of Drake’s post to Instagram about his bet.

Though Drake could have won over $1 million if the 49ers had taken care of bsuiness, he instead ended up $800,000 lighter in the wallet. San Francisco got steamrolled by Philadelphia and went on to lose 31-7.

By now, Drake is extremely infamous for cursing the sports teams that he roots for. In a trend that dates back many years now, nearly all the teams that Drake shows public support for end up losing. While there have been exceptions (most notably Drake’s Toronto Raptors winning the 2019 NBA title), Drake has recently even cursed a number of teams he has put bets on.

Now it appears the 49ers were the latest victims of Drizzy’s hex. Granted, Drake also posted this weekend that he bet $1.1 million on the Kansas City Chiefs to top the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC title game. That bet will have the power to either break the curse or ensure that it lives on in perpetuity.

Jonathan Gannon drops apparent hint about head coaching jobs

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon has come up frequently as a possible head coaching candidate in the last few weeks, but he might have just taken himself out of the running for the remaining open jobs.

Gannon was asked in an interview with FOX 29 whether Sunday’s NFC Championship win might have been his last game at home in Philadelphia due to head coaching interest. The defensive coordinator seemingly shrugged off the interest and suggested he would be back in 2023.

“No, Philly is keeping me. Good, bad, or indifferent, I’m staying here,” Gannon said.

It is possible Gannon was just saying this in the aftermath of a big victory, or that he does not actually think he stands a chance at landing another job. Either way, he certainly sounds like he expects to be in the same role next season.

Gannon was most heavily linked to the Houston Texans’ opening, but it sounds like they are going in a different direction. The Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, and Indianapolis Colts still have openings and have been linked to Gannon, though not as strongly.

Micah Parsons trolls Deebo Samuel over 49ers’ playoff exit

Nov 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) looks on prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Micah Parsons got his opportunity for revenge over the weekend … sort of.

Deebo Samuel and the San Francisco 49ers saw their season end on Sunday with a disappointing 31-7 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. While the 49ers did just about all that they could, the ridiculously terrible luck they suffered during the game proved to be too much.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive star Parsons was absolutely loving San Francisco’s misfortune though. He reacted to the 49ers’ elimination by tweeting a photo of Samuel with the caption, “Mhmm who Deebo poke?!”

If that photo looks familiar, that is because it is. Parsons and the Cowboys lost to Samuel and the 49ers in last week’s divisional playoff round, and the two trade barbs online afterwards. Samuel then trolled Parsons with a post that read, “Don’t Poke The Bear” (a reference to Parsons previously saying that he wanted to face the 49ers) and included the above picture.

Sunday though was Parsons’ turn to troll Samuel right back. Of course, it is much weaker to troll when you are watching from your couch at home while someone else does the dirty work. But we can probably just let Parsons have his moment here.

Kellen Moore already linked to 2 OC jobs

Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore on the sidelines in the second half against the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Kellen Moore was quickly linked to two vacant offensive coordinator jobs Sunday after he and the Dallas Cowboys parted way.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to have interest in Moore for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Moore is also likely to speak with the Los Angeles Chargers, who had already received permission to speak with him while he was still officially with Dallas.

Don’t be surprised if every other team with an offensive coordinator vacancy at least gives Moore a look. He is well-respected around the league and has even received interest as a head coaching candidate, including from the Carolina Panthers this offseason.

The Cowboys decided to part ways with Moore on Sunday after a disappointing conclusion to the 2022 season. The 34-year-old former quarterback had been part of the Dallas coaching staff since 2018.

Empire State Building confuses everyone with bizarre move

The Empire State Building left sports fans confused with a bizarre move they pulled on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-7 in the NFC Championsip Game to advance to the Super Bowl. Eagles fans around the city of Philadelphia and elsewhere were elated. They climbed up street poles to celebrate the win.

That’s about what you would expect.

But what made no sense was seeing the Empire State Building join in on the celebration.

A Twitter account for the 102-story Midtown Manhattan building said they were celebrating the Eagles’ win by lighting up the building in green and white colors.

“Fly @Eagles Fly! We’re going Green and White in honor of the Eagles NFC Championship Victory,” the account said.

Something isn’t adding up here.

The Empire State Building is a New York landmark, not a Philadelphia one. New York and Philly sports teams are rivals. They don’t cross-celebrate each others’ wins.

What the heck is going on?