Mike Hilton’s comments at the end of the Bengals’ divisional round win over the Bills gave the Chiefs bulletin board material for their revenge game Sunday against Cincinnati for the AFC championship. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long after the game for Kansas City to revisit that material.
Following the Chiefs’ last-second 23-20 victory, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce took aim at Hilton calling Arrowhead Stadium “Burrowhead,” for Bengals QB Joe Burrow’s play there in last year’s title game.
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“Burrowhead my a—. It’s Mahomes’ house,” Kelce said.
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Mahomes had his own thoughts.
“We showed this place is Arrowhead, it’s not Burrowhead out here,” he said.
And when he took the stage on the field to accept the Lamar Hunt Trophy for winning the AFC, Mahomes appealed to the crowd.
“Is this thing still called Arrowhead? What does it sound like out there?” Mahomes said.
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It was a bold move by Hilton to call Arrowhead Stadium “Burrowhead.” Burrow had played in one game in Kansas City, and while it ended with the Bengals going to Super Bowl 56, it was still just a single win.
Burrow was solid against the Chiefs on Sunday despite being under constant pressure from the Chiefs’ defensive line. He completed 26 of 41 passes for 270 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The second pick was a tipped ball on a deep shot to Tee Higgins late in the game. Burrow also rushed four times for 30 yards.
But in Mahomes’ house, Mahomes, playing on a sprained ankle, outdueled Burrow. He went 29 for 43 for 326 yards and two touchdowns. His late scramble, plus by a late hit on the play by Joseph Ossai, with eight seconds remaining put the Chiefs in range to kick the game-winning field goal.
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The Bengals and Chiefs have matched up twice in AFC championship games and twice in regular season matchups the past two seasons, and the first regular-season clash in Arrowhead Stadium in the Burrow-Mahomes era is coming up in 2023. Safe to say, the Bengals likely won’t be making any Burrowhead remarks ahead of that faceoff.