The Cincinnati Bengals reveled in causing trouble for those who had formed plans for a neutral AFC Championship game by defeating the Buffalo Bills to secure another Kansas City Chiefs street game.
A win for the Bills on Sunday, due to a canceled regular season game between the teams when Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest, would see them meet the Chiefs in Atlanta.
The NFL even launched ticket sales, which brought a great result in a game that was due to take place next week, but an alternate plan will no longer be required after the Bengals won 27-10 in Buffalo.
Joe Burrow controlled the Bengals from the start and had advice for those planning to see the Bills play the Chiefs.
“Better send those returns,” he told CBS.
Coach Zac Taylor added at the press conference with a smile, “We were set on playing for Kansas City.
“It’s hard because they have to work out plans for coin flips, they have to work out plans for neutral games on site and we’re just ruining it for everyone.
“I hate it for people who have to put up with all these logistical issues. We just keep screwing it up, so I’m sorry.”
The Bengals won last year’s AFC Championship game in Kansas City, and Taylor has no doubt they can do it again.
“We’re made for this,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of us.
“We don’t care who is the favorite and who is not; we are made for it. We’re excited to hit the road to Kansas City.”
The Bills led 13-1 in home playoff games in the Super Bowl era, but that record was merely a source of motivation for Taylor’s team.
“Across our team, you’re just looking at leadership in every position,” he said.
“We talked last night about how they had a 13-1 playoffs, the best home win percentage in NFL history. I wanted to show it to the team because I knew what it would do for them.
“It wouldn’t have made them fear ‘oh my god, we’re entering an environment where people don’t win’,” with our guys, it was quite the opposite. Was”.
Burrow made his first nine passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bengals 14–0 before the Bills had their first throw.
“He’s the best,” Taylor said. “He’s doing a great job leading this team, managing situations. The bigger the moment, the calmer it becomes, and the band feeds on it.”
But Burrow wanted to direct the praise to the offensive line, which lacked key personnel, but was assured that the quarterback only took one sack.
“It was one of their best games of the year – rushing, blocking passes,” said Burrow. “This may be our most complete game of the year as a team.”
Burrow, like Taylor, is confident in the team’s chances against the Chiefs, believing they are better now than when they won that game last year.
“I think we’re a more complete team, I think we’re a better team,” he explained. “It seems like we just play when it counts. That’s all that can be said.
“I think our O-line is better, I think our running game is better, I think our defense is better, I think our special teams are better. We’re just a much better team overall than last year.”