The Chiefs finally were able to earn revenge against the Bengals after three consecutive defeats at the hands of Joe Burrow and Co.
Kansas City rode a last-minute Harrison Butker field goal to a 23-20 win to clinch passage to the Super Bowl for the third time in the last four years, and its players let the Bengals know about it.
The Chiefs took offense to various slights that had been levied against them during the week. Notably, Travis Kelce called out the Bengals for dubbing Arrowhead Stadium “Burrowhead” and also called the mayor of Cincinnati a “jabroni.” Meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes jabbed at Joe Burrow by wondering if the Chiefs had any victory cigars on hand after the win.
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But one Bengal drew the particular ire of the Chiefs and their supporters on social media after the game. That was cornerback Eli Apple.
Apple has beefed with the Chiefs over the course of their budding rivalry with the Bengals, and he has been known for levying Twitter blows to his opponents after wins. He did so after the Bengals’ win over the Bills in the divisional round, unleashing a “Cancun on 3” tweet to celebrate Cincinnati sending Buffalo into offseason mode.
The Chiefs gave that same treatment right back to Apple after their win. Safety Juan Thornhill copied Apple’s tweet letter-for-letter while Brittany Mahomes (Patrick’s wife) joined in as well.
Cancun on 3 🏽
— The_Juan_And_Only (@Juan_Thornhill) January 30, 2023
Cancun on 3✌🏼
— Brittany Mahomes (@BrittanyLynne) January 30, 2023
That wasn’t the only shot that Thornhill took at Apple, however. The veteran safety also took a shot at him in an Instagram Live video as he and his teammates prepared to smoke a victory cigar.
“Eli Apple, Imma smoke one for you,” Thornhill said.
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Thus far, Apple — who had six tackles including a tackle for loss against the Bengals — has not responded to the Chiefs’ barbs. He may just be willing to absorb the hate being sent his way just like he did after Cincinnati’s loss to the Rams in Super Bowl 56.
Either way, Apple is likely stewing after this defeat and will look to earn vengeance in his next outing against the Chiefs — whenever that may be. Cincinnati and Kansas City are set to play during the 2023 regular season, but Apple will be a free agent.