Antoine Winfield: It was only right that I gave Tyreek Hill the peace sign back

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In a Week 12 game against the Bucs, Tyreek Hill had more than 200 yards in the first quarter. The Chiefs receiver finished with 269 and three touchdowns.

At the end of a 75-yard touchdown in that game, Hill taunted rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. with his signature peace sign as he crossed the goal line. Officials did not penalize Hill. Shortly after that, Hill stopped before the goal line and back flipped into the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown.

On Sunday, Hill made only three catches for 34 yards in the first three quarters when the game was in doubt. He finished with seven for 73, and the Bucs secondary very much enjoyed their revenge.

On a fourth-down incompletion intended for Hill, Winfield walked up to Hill and flashed the peace sign in the receiver’s face. Officials flagged Winfield for taunting on a post-play foul.

Winfield was unapologetic afterward.

“The taunting, man, it’s something I just had to do,” Winfield said. “When we played them earlier, Hill went off on us. He back-flipped in front of my face and gave me the peace sign. So it was only right that I gave him the peace sign right back to him. It felt amazing to do that. I’m not even gonna lie.”

The Bucs walked the walk before talking the talk, winning convincingly 31-9 with a brilliant defensive game plan that should have earned someone on the team’s defense the MVP award that went to Tom Brady.

Winfield was a candidate with six tackles, an interception and two pass breakups. Devin White had 12 tackles and an interception; Ndamukong Suh had 1.5 sacks; and Shaq Barrett had a sack and four quarterback hits.

Since he was penalized, Winfield likely has a fine coming his way. He also has a Super Bowl ring on its way, so it’s doubtful he will care.

69 responses to “Antoine Winfield: It was only right that I gave Tyreek Hill the peace sign back

  1. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword.

  2. Winfield was smart enough to wait for it to be a turnover on downs. He knew it wouldn’t cost them and he did it when game was basically over.

    Hill did the “I’m calling back up they need it” in the regular season. That was bulletin board material. You can’t expect to not get some back in a rematch.

  3. I normally hate taunting but in this case while it’s correct that it was flagged I think it was something Hill deserved. If Hill can point it at the defenders to show them up while he runs into the end zone every time then what’s wrong with someone doing it towards him after the pass breakup that seals the super bowl win? It’s worse optics to do it when you’re both standing still but they’re basically the same.

  4. You know that the #SuperBowl  lacked drama when Nantz and Romo raved more about Mahome’s incompletions more than his actual made plays.

    The Chiefs got rolled and they will end up like the “Greatest Show on Turf” after getting beat by the Pats, done.

  5. I don’t generally support this stuff, but the chiefs in general, and Hill specifically, deserve it. Hill’s behavior during the week 12 game was poor at best.

    Any other coach in the league would tell his team that type of stuff doesn’t fly except ol’ andy Reid who is not so much into discipline. Flows over into other aspects of his life too

  6. So tell us again, dear NFL, how the ‘rules apply to everyone, and equal application is what we strive for’… If he gets fined, I hope he appeals as loud and as publicly possible.

  7. Normally I would be against this kind of taunting …. but given that Hill did this to Winfield in week 12, I thought it was epic!

    Quote of the night: “It felt amazing to do that. I’m not even gonna lie!”

  8. I appreciate his honesty! At least he didn’t try and sound like he was sorry or contrite. I would have done the same. So much for “unstoppable”!!

  9. Winfield should relize that single doosh act was a blemish on an otherwise great game played.

  10. Knew a flag was coming on that and it was warranted, but still fun to see. The big grin he was giving was priceless and Hill has had that coming for a long time. I’m sure he’s heard about it already from his dad though, who was a total class act.

  11. Bogus penalty. Whole defense should have got MVP. No touchdowns scored by KC! Fantastic play by defence.

  12. I guess they had to call that penalty, but Tyreek Hill seemed to accept the taunt as deserved for showboating in the first KC v TB game and doing nothing in this one. Be respectful and professional on your good days, and people will treat you that way on your bad days.

  13. It didnt hurt the Bucs, but it could have. Winfield should have kept his wits about him.
    Revenge is a dish best served cold.
    Bucs won the SB. end of story.

  14. I’m normally all about sportsmanship and mutual respect, but this is a case of what goes around comes around. Beyond that, Hill’s off-field history indicates he’s not exactly a nice guy.

  15. Normally I don’t like these sorts of “stupid” penalties that hurt your team. However, at that point in the game it was already decided so the penalty didn’t hurt the team one bit. A little rivalry moment adds to future match-ups. I’m not the biggest Hill fan anyway.

  16. Hills needs to run better routes. He is just a straight line but shifty wr. Chiefs need a taller wr who runs routes like Justin Jefferson.

  17. Romo crying about this was ridiculous. Chiefs were pulling this garbage all year and got what they deserved.

  18. Unnecessary, immature and unprofessional for sure. Yet, I found it to be an appropriate rebuttal to the season-long arrogance of the Chiefs.

  19. I’m not a taunting fan in sports as an adult, but celebrate successes all you want on your own if with teammates. Given the game was basically decided and Hulls history of taunting (which is rarely flagged, don’t get it) I was fine with it, pretty amusing. Winfield clearly agrees as he wasn’t bashful or apologetic postgame.

  20. Has Tyreek Hill ever been flagged for taunting, for the “peace sign” or backing into the end zone or the back flips in the end zone? If not, he should have been.

  21. I didn’t know the backstory but I am not a fan of Hill at all, so I didn’t mind it. Now that I know that Hill was taunting them all game earlier in the year, I’m all for the CB giving it right back to him like that. Two thumbs up.

  22. If he does get fine, there should be a go fund me so we can all enjoy the revenge a little bit.

  23. Mr. Winfield. If you didn’t like it and thought it was classless when he did it to you, then don’t stoop to his level and act the way he did. A simple but more difficult approach to life to subscribe to. Be the better man. You’ll be amazed at how many people will respect you for taking that approach.

  24. Funny but it didn’t seem to bother Tyreek Hill when Winfield did it…..but it certainly left a lasting impression on Winfield for several months after it was done to him. I guess getting torched like he did in the first game for over 200 yards will do that.

  25. Chiefs will be back next year. Their offensive line rebuilt, their offensive playmakers still dishing it out.

    The rest of you tiny, vengeful, no-life bores will be watching NFL games and cringing when Mahomes & Kelce & Hill hang 30 points on you in a quarter.

    You’ve got another 4-5 years of watching this team dominate the AFC. Deal with it.

  26. He singlehandedly beat the Saints…damn that guy LOL

    kcbosch says:
    February 8, 2021 at 2:38 am
    I think Devin White was the MVP during the whole playoffs.

  27. Love that he gave him the peace sign, especially if Hill taunted him with it earlier this season. Pretty harmless stuff.

  28. Still not sure how a peace sign, an almost universal symbol of love and, well, peace, is construed as taunting. It’s more likely that it’s not a peace sign in either case, but the integer two. As in deuces. As in, “see ya!” That would make much more sense

  29. He was a class act and a leader during his years at the U of M, and never showed up the opposition. Now that I hear the back story behind his peace sign Sunday, his honesty in the presser, and getting his teammates to row the boat after his INT, and I like him even more.

  30. I personally think a player should never jeopardize his teams chance of winning for a revenge penalty, but in this case there was no harm so it was beautiful.. Like so many said; karma… What goes around comes around… About 25 years ago my beloved Vikings Randy Moss was flagged and lambasted By Joe Buck for his “mooning” of the Lambeau field crowd… What most people not from this area don’t know is that it is a Lambeau tradition for the fans to moon the visiting teams buses as they leave… So again, what comes around goes around..

  31. Just look at some of the Chiefs. Bienemey has a record, LB Coach Reid has a record, and WR Hill has a record. Not the kind of folks I would want on my team.

  32. The Chiefs had more fire in them I the last drive than the whole game. It was hilarious. They acted like they needed that last minute TD to save the day. Perfectly timed peace symbol. He even waited for eye contact from Hill. Classic timing.

  33. I don’t have a horse in this race, but if he’s fined… someone needs to start a GoFundMe to pay it, because that was totally justified and entertaining. I will gladly contribute!

  34. When will it be Washington’s turn again. I been waiting since 1991. Houston, please trade us Watson for 1 first round pick. Sounds fair to me.

  35. I was mad at Winfield for doing that but now that I know the whole story I think it was justified and kind of funny.

  36. Loved every second of it. Guess Hill couldn’t throw the peace sign back flip his way into the endzone

  37. tj12205 says:
    February 8, 2021 at 11:25 am
    I guess getting torched like he did in the first game for over 200 yards will do that.

    I’m quite sure he would trade that every day for winning the SB

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