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“Expedited review” has become a vague and inconsistent device for fixing mistakes

As the NFL inches toward embracing a full-blown sky judge/booth umpire procedure for supplementing on-field officiating, it’s using a hybrid system that many don’t understand — and that the league doesn’t apply as consistently as it should.The current procedure has its roots in the real-time communication technology that the league established nearly a decade ago [more]

Andy Reid: I was optimistic, but didn’t know rookie DBs would step up

The Chiefs got big plays from established stars like Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Chris Jones, and Frank Clark on their way to Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game, but there were some less heralded names playing big roles as well.After L’Jarius Sneed was injured early in the first quarter, the [more]

Referee Ron Torbert caused the clock error last night

After last night’s AFC Championship, referee Ron Torbert created the impression that the crazy do-over in the fourth quarter resulted from an official trying to rectify an error by the clock operator.The truth is that the error was made by Torbert.Prior to third-and-nine 1.0, the action stopped because the ball had been placed in the [more]

Travis Kelce is second only to Jerry Rice in career postseason catches, yards and touchdowns

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has officially become the second-most productive receiver in NFL postseason history.Through Sunday’s AFC Championship Game win over the Bengals, Kelce is No. 2 in NFL history in postseason catches, postseason receiving yards and postseason touchdowns.But Kelce has a long way to go to move into first place.: Just as he [more]

After rough regular season, Harrison Butker delivers when it matters most

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker had the worst season of his career. He missed four games after injuring his ankle in the season opener, and he had his lowest accuracy number for field goals (75.0) and for extra points (92.7).The Chiefs, though, had complete faith in Butker to deliver them a trip to the Super Bowl, [more]

Andy Reid: When I came here, I was told Nick Sirianni was a really special coach

Just over a decade ago, Andy Reid became the Chiefs head coach after 14 years with the Eagles.And as Reid filled out his first Kansas City staff, he let go of a young, up-and-coming assistant: Nick Sirianni.Sirianni had been with the Chiefs since 2009, starting as an offensive quality control coach. Then-head coach Romeo Crennel [more]

Andy Reid: L’Jarius Sneed is in concussion protocol, we’ll see how he does

The Chiefs had to make a major adjustment to their defensive plan early in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed was set to cover Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, but Sneed left the game with a head injury on the Bengals’ fourth offensive play. Sneed would later be ruled out and head coach Andy Reid [more]

Joe Mixon didn’t get much work on Sunday

In 2021, Cincinnati’s season ended amid questions over whether running back Joe Mixon should have been on the field instead of third-down option Samaje Perine. In 2022, the Bengals’ season has ended with a potentially more ominous question regarding Mixon.According to the NFL’s official game book for the AFC Championship, Perine was on the field [more]

Patrick Mahomes will try to be first regular-season MVP to win Super Bowl in 23 years

It’s been a long time since a player has won both the regular-season Most Valuable Player award and the Super Bowl in the same season. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will try to do it this year.Kurt Warner, who won both league MVP and the Super Bowl after the 1999 season, is the last player to [more]

Jessie Bates: I’d love to be back with Bengals, but that’s out of my control

Safety Jessie Bates has been a staple of the Bengals’ secondary since the team selected him in the second round of the 2018 draft.But after five years with Cincinnati, Bates’ time with the franchise could be coming to an end.The Bengals used the franchise tag to keep Bates in the fold last year and it’s [more]

Travis Kelce: “Cincinnati was a better city when Jerry Springer was the mayor”

Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval went a little overboard in supporting the Bengals last week, and the Chiefs noticed.Pureval issued a proclamation last week that referred to the Chiefs’ stadium as “Burrowhead Stadium” and said that Joe Burrow should take a paternity test to see if he’s Patrick Mahomes‘ father. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce talked [more]

Dion Dawkins, Dawson Knox, Rodger Saffold named Pro Bowl replacements

Three more members of the Bills will be going to Las Vegas for this year’s Pro Bowl festivities.The team announced on Monday that left tackle Dion Dawkins, tight end Dawson Knox, and left guard Rodger Saffold have been added to the AFC roster. Quarterback Josh Allen, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, safety Jordan Poyer, and center [more]

On three fourth-down plays, quarterbacks aired it out

Two weeks ago, the football-following world was trying to understand why/how Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw the ball five yards short of the sticks on fourth and eight, with the season on the line in the wild-card round. On Sunday, three quarterbacks showed a willingness and ability to throw past the sticks on a high-stakes [more]

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