The Cincinnati Bengals may have had an extra chip on their shoulder ahead of their divisional round matchup against the Buffalo Bills, as some players have expressed animosity towards promoting a potential AFC Championship Game at a neutral site.
The AFC Championship would have been played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta if the Bills had beaten the Bengals. No one has to worry about that anymore.
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After Joe Burrow led the Bengals to a 27-10 victory over the Bills on Sunday, he spoke with CBS’s Tracy Wolfson after the game and was asked about the talk of a neutral site for the conference championship.
«Better send those refunds,» Burrow said.
Burrow finished the game 23 of 36 with 242 passing yards and two touchdown passes. He got off to a good start leading the Bengals to touchdowns on his first two drives of the game.
The first was a six-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase. After forcing Buffalo to punt, Burrow engineered a 10-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a 15-yard TD pass to Hayden Hurst.
Cincinnati would not look back.
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Joe Mixon, who rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown, had been the most outspoken about how the NFL handled the playoff situation after the league called their Jan. 2 regular-season game against the Bills » no contest» after Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field. The game was cancelled.
Before Sunday’s playoff game, Mixon said the advance sale of tickets for the AFC Championship Game was «disrespectful.»
«I mean, to be honest, it’s disrespectful,» he said Wednesday when asked if the reports motivated the team. «But we’re not worried about that s—. Like I said, we’ve got a game to play on Sunday, right? So, you can’t rule us out.»
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«We have a game to play on Sunday. Like I said, those other things, that doesn’t mean yes —. We’re going out on Sunday, and we’re going to do whatever the hell we want.» I have to do to get back with the ‘W’, and then we’ll see what they’re talking about.»