Podcast: It's still a Patrick Mahomes World
Through an AFC Championship Game full of odd twists and turns, the best player in the NFL reminded everyone why he's the best.
How’s everyone in Cincinnati holding up this AM?
This loss will sting for months. Perhaps years. For many reasons.
No question, it’s always terrible when officiating affects championship games in any sport. Free downs getting thrown around Oprah-style is a bad look for the NFL. Cincy will be thinking of its own mistakes for a while, too. No mistake hurt more than Joseph Ossai’s fateful push out of bounds. Of course, that’s the play that teed up a 45-yard field goal attempt.
Yet, two star players decided this AFC Championship Game.
Defensive tackle Chris Jones made the play of the game on defense, sacking Joe Burrow on third down to get KC the ball back.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes made the play on offense, gutting out a five-yard run on third and 4.
Here on “Go Long with Dunne and Monos,” we break it all down. Co-host Jim Monos has participated in these conference championship games as a scout before with the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints. While no fan of the product itself — the flags, the stoppages, etc. — he explains how the Chiefs found a way to win, 23-20.
We also touch on that clunker of an NFC Championship Game and the early quarterback flirtations elsewhere in the league.
Will the New York Jets trade for Aaron Rodgers?
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Our plan is post up at Fattey Beer Company in Orchard Park, NY this Friday for another live show. Details soon. And as always, feel free to upgrade a paid subscription any time below to get everything at GoLongTD.com. Expect a column from this Chiefs-Bengals game later today:
Ty and Jim,
Do you think the NFL would ever go as far as mandating a 3rd QB for the active roster after the teeth cringing outcome of this game?
Also, we haven’t seen Lance enough. A muddy game and a half. Considering their track record on drafts and trades on the offensive side, you gotta trust that front office and that coach to make the right decision with the qb. And I’m sure they’re going to work as hard as they can to prove Lance and the booty they surrendered was the right move.
Regarding Hackett,Rogers and the Jets, oh yes. That’s why a failed head coach got a job so soon. And the media is predictably setting it up like a perfectly laid Thanksgiving table. A first, conditional first and two 3rds. Rogers needs a push—softer pushes as he ages—and this is it. Jets are desperate to get in the playoffs. If A-Rod gets them there and wins one playoff game it’s enough for year one. He knows that and who knows, he just might get that next MVP, which is the first thing he mentioned—before any Super Bowl.
One doesn’t need an ayahuaska trip to see that that.
Bills fan. The officiating in both games makes you think there was a fix, and this is mostly the feedback I see in the comments section, but no writer actually addresses it in anything more than passing commentary. "It's still Patrick Mahomes World" as the subject of the article after THOSE games makes me think you are willfully blind.