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Bengals WR coach has noteworthy compliment for Ja’Marr Chase

JaMarr Chase waves to the crowd

Ja’Marr Chase has already established himself as one of the best wide receivers in football, but the Cincinnati Bengals star has not let the success get to his head. His position coach doesn’t think he ever will, either.

Bengals wide receivers coach Troy Walters spoke with reporters ahead of the Super Bowl about Chase’s maturity. He said the 21-year-old is rare in that “success really doesn’t change him.”

“He doesn’t get too high, doesn’t get too low. If he messes up, he’s hard on himself. … He wants to correct it,” Walters said, via the Bengals official website. “I don’t ever see him getting that big head, becoming a diva. I’m going to stay on him. I let those guys know, even after his 200-yard performance, I let them know the next day that was the past. It’s all about what have you done for me lately. He gets it and he puts the work in.”

Walters mentioned how Chase struggled with drops during the preseason. That led to some premature questions about whether he would be able to successfully make the transition from college to the NFL. The former LSU star had a very clear message for his detractors then.

Chase had 81 catches for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in his rookie season. If he and Joe Burrow stay healthy, they should be one of the best quarterback-wide receiver duos in football for years to come. A big challenge for both will be staying hungry even after having so much success so early. Walters doesn’t think that will be a problem for Chase.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) waives after converting a third down during the game winning final Cincinnati Bengals drive in the fourth quarter of the NFL game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati

Joe Burrow has great take on ‘underdog’ talk

Joe Burrow on the field

The Cincinnati Bengals were the underdog in their last two playoff games, and that theme has continued leading up to the Super Bowl. Oddsmakers believe the Los Angeles Rams are going to win the big game, but Joe Burrow clearly isn’t concerning himself with that talk anymore.

Burrow was asked on Tuesday if the Bengals’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game proved his team is no longer the underdog. He had a great response.

In addition to last week’s win, the Bengals also came from behind to beat the Chiefs at home during the regular season. They beat the Tennessee Titans — the No. 1 seed in the AFC — on the road in the Divisional Round. Despite all that, they are 4.5-point underdogs with less than two weeks to go until the Super Bowl.

Burrow and his teammates may not feel like underdogs, but they are almost certainly embracing the skepticism. Burrow ripped the underdog narrative heading into the Chiefs game, and that mentality served the team well.

The Bengals have proven that they are not intimidated by any opponent. That will likely be the case in the Super Bowl as well.

Photo: Sam Greene/The Enquirer/USA TODAY NETWORK

Cincinnati school district planning unusual move ahead of Super Bowl

Joe Burrow on the field

The Cincinnati Bengals are in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1988, and one local school district is planning accordingly.

Cincinnati Public Schools, one of the largest public school districts in Ohio, announced on Monday that they are planning the unusual move of giving students and staff the day after the Super Bowl off. CPS said on Twitter that they were doing so in honor of the Bengals and so as to be able to “celebrate what we believe will be our city’s first-ever Super Bowl victory.”

The Bengals have made the Super Bowl twice before in 1981 and 1988 but have never won it. The last major pro sports championship for the city of Cincinnati came in 1990 when the Reds won the World Series in baseball.

The kids in Cincinnati will definitely love getting the day after the Super Bowl off, and the adults probably will too. For many years now, plenty of people have been campaigning for the Monday after the Super Bowl to be made into an official holiday. Now CPS is essentially doing just that.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Bengals special teams do shots to celebrate Super Bowl berth

Bengals players hold shot glasses

The Cincinnati Bengals do two things very well this season: win games, and celebrate. They did both on Sunday.

The Bengals beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime of the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. After the win, they got to celebrate their Super Bowl berth.

The team’s special teams unit celebrated in style, by doing some shots in the locker room. Markus Bailey shared a video on Twitter of the celebration.

Beware – there is some cursing in the video:

Bailey commented on the video, saying you have to cherish those great moments.

Cincinnati knows how to celebrate. Between this and their victory cigars (even the dads did it), the Bengals do it up right.

Can you imagine what the party will be like if they beat the Rams in the Super Bowl?

Patrick Mahomes completely bombs in brutal collapse against Bengals

Patrick Mahomes Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes could not have gotten off to a better start in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between his Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs quarterback looked every bit as good as he was a week ago in a dramatic win over the Buffalo Bills, and it looked like he was going to carry his team to a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

Then things got bad. Really bad.

Mahomes threw touchdown passes on each of Kansas City’s first three drives. The Chiefs took a 21-3 lead late in the second quarter. At that point in the game, the sharp Mahomes had more TD passes than incompletions.

It was all downhill from there though, starting with a horrible clock management situation as time expired in the first half.

The Chiefs had the ball at the Cincinnati 1-yard line leading 21-10 with 9 seconds remaining in the first half. They had no timeouts but plenty of time for two or three throws to the end zone. Their worst-case scenario looked like they would get at least a field goal. But they came away with no points after Mahomes threw a swing pass to Tyreek Hill in the flat (video here). Hill was tackled short of the goal line.

That sequence shifted the momentum in the Bengals’ favor. Kansas City’s first five drives of the second half went as follows: punt, punt, interception, punt, punt. The interception came on an outstanding play by Bengals defensive tackle B.J. Hill. Mahomes threw it straight to him on a screen pass.

All of that eventually allowed Cincinnati to take a 24-21 lead. The Chiefs forced overtime with a field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter, but they should have had more. Mahomes held onto the ball too long on 2nd-and-goal and 3rd-and-goal and took sacks on both plays. He fumbled on the third-down play and was fortunate to have a teammate recover.

When Mahomes has that much time to throw, good things usually happen for the Chiefs. We saw that last week in their overtime win against Buffalo. That was not the case on Sunday, as the Bengals did a great job of covering down the field and keeping Mahomes contained. Their excellent defensive play continued in overtime.

The Chiefs won the coin toss to begin overtime, and many fans thought they would see a repeat of last week’s game. Instead, Mahomes forced a ball into double coverage and the Bengals came away with the interception.

Cincinnati quickly put together a 42-yard drive on the ensuing possession, thanks in large part to some clutch throws from Joe Burrow. Evan McPherson capped off the drive with a 31-yard field goal to send the Bengals to the Super Bowl.

The Bengals deserve all the credit they get. Their defense played outstanding, and Burrow and the offense made big plays when they needed them. But there’s no question Mahomes made mistakes that hurt the Chiefs. People were in awe of his accomplishments in the first half, only to see him fall apart down the stretch.

Photo: Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo goes viral for joke at end of Bengals-Chiefs game

Tony Romo

Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson won the day on Sunday, but Tony Romo definitely finished a close second.

McPherson continued his run of postseason dominance, hitting a 31-yard field goal in overtime to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs and send the Bengals to their first Super Bowl since 1988.

Since Cincinnati intercepted Patrick Mahomes on the opening possession of OT, they only needed a field goal to win. After marching the ball deep into Kansas City territory, the Bengals chose to kick the field goal on third down.

Romo, who was calling the game for CBS, went viral for a joke that he made before the field goal. Romo noted the benefit of attempting a field goal prior to fourth down.

“I’ve seen guys in the playoffs drop a snap before in a big situation,” he said.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback is, of course, poking fun at himself for his notorious playoff screw-up in the 2006 NFC Wild Card Game against Seattle. While holding for a Martin Gramatica field goal try to potentially take the lead late, Romo bobbled the snap, costing Dallas the game.

Twitter absolutely loved Romo’s self-deprecating humor. Here were some of the best reactions.

Despite never winning a Super Bowl, Romo clearly has a good sense of humor about his own postseason shortcomings. His wit is part of what makes Romo such an entertaining analyst, as viewers also saw during another Bengals game earlier this month.

Photo: Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Television announcer Tony Romo following the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone made same Bills joke after play in AFC Championship Game

Sean McDermott on the sideline

The Cincinnati Bengals executed a successful squib kick during the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, and the play brought back some bad memories for Buffalo Bills fans.

The Bengals scored a touchdown with just over a minute remaining in the first half to cut Kansas City’s lead to 21-10. They went with a squib on the ensuing kickoff, as they wanted to take some time off the clock and also not risk allowing a big return. That, of course, is the exact opposite of what the Bills did in their loss to the Chiefs last week.

Buffalo kicked the ball deep while leading 36-33 with 13 seconds remaining in regulation against the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes and company took advantage of the touchback and completed two big plays that set up a game-tying field goal. Kansas City went on to win in overtime.

Many people ripped on the Bills after the Bengals used the squib kick on Sunday.

Had the Bills gone with the squib, there’s a good chance they would have been playing in the AFC Championship Game against Cincinnati. Sean McDermott may have a hard time admitting it, but Twitter was sure to let him know.

Photo: Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott enters the field before a game against theAtlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs cost themselves points with terrible clock management at end of half

Chiefs cost themselves with clock management

The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, but they could have built an even bigger lead if not for some terrible clock management.

The Bengals scored a touchdown with just over a minute remaining in the second quarter to cut Kansas City’s lead to 21-10. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs looked unstoppable on offense the entire first half, and that theme continued when they marched down the field on their ensuing possession. They got the ball all the way to the Cincinnati 1-yard line with 9 seconds left, but they came away without points after a botched sequence of plays.

Kansas City had no timeouts left but plenty of time for two or three throws to the end zone. After an incompletion on 1st-and-goal, Mahomes threw a swing pass to Tyreek Hill in the flat. Hill was tackled short of the goal line and time expired.

There were 5 seconds on the clock when the ball was snapped. That should have been enough time for a quick pass to the end zone and then a field goal attempt if it fell incomplete.

The Chiefs played a nearly flawless first half, but that was a major blunder. Andy Reid has had some big clock management issues in the playoffs in the past, though Mahomes was as much to blame in this situation as the coach. The quarterback should have understood the situation and known not to throw a pass short of the goal line, even if he is used to Hill making defenders miss.

Report: Bengals turned down huge trade offer for Joe Burrow before draft

Joe Burrow on the field

The Cincinnati Bengals appear to have made one of their best decisions in franchise history when they drafted Joe Burrow, and they were apparently so committed to the former LSU star that they turned down at least one massive trade offer.

The Miami Dolphins made a serious effort to move up to No. 1 in the 2020 NFL Draft, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. They wanted Burrow and were willing to give the Bengals all three of the first-round picks they had that year, including No. 5 overall. Cincinnati quickly turned the offer down, so the Dolphins stuck with their pick and selected Tua Tagovailoa.

Obviously, the Bengals made the right decision. Burrow enjoyed a breakout season in 2021 and has Cincinnati in the AFC Championship Game. He bounced back after suffering a torn ACL as a rookie and looks like he should be one of the best quarterbacks in football for years to come.

The Dolphins have said they still believe in Tagovailoa. Their confidence in the former Alabama star may be one of the reasons they are searching for a new head coach.

The Bengals insisted leading up to the draft two years ago that they were undecided on which player to take. Their decision to turn down a massive trade offer from the Dolphins is further proof of how much they liked Burrow. You can see why.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Joe Burrow’s dad shares great throwback photo ahead of Chiefs game

Joe Burrow on the field

On Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, Joe Burrow will be tasked with leading the Cincinnati Bengals against the Kansas City Chiefs. But that’s a far cry from what childhood Burrow once envisioned for himself.

Even with his dream of playing in the NFL very much alive at a young age, Burrow always imagined it’d be for a team other than the Bengals. In fact, once upon a time, he desired being under center for the Chiefs.

Burrow’s father, Jimmy, recently made that revelation on Twitter with a terrific throwback picture of Joe.

Burrow was born in Iowa and his family later moved to Ohio, so geographic location may have played a part in the early Chiefs fandom. But things rapidly changed for Burrow, who admits he later became a fan of the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns.

As far as that Chiefs helmet, Burrow claims he was too young to know better. However, the helmet still resides in his old room at his parents’ home.

On Sunday, that brief childhood fandom goes out the window as Burrow and the Bengals aim to take down the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Image: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK