Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval trolled the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of the AFC Championship Game, but was a good sport after getting called out by Travis Kelce.
The Cincinnati Bengals talked a lot heading into the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Even Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval got in on the trash talk, where he posted a video asking Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow to take a paternity test to see if he was Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes’ “father.”
Well, the stunt backfired tremendously, as Kansas City defeated Cincinnati 23-20 to clinch a spot in Super Bowl 57.
After the game, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce called out Bengals players and fans who called Arrowhead Stadium “Burrowhead.” Then, Kelce set his attention to Pureval, telling the mayor to “know your role and shut your mouth,” while calling him a “jabroni,” taking a page of The Rock’s playbook.
Well, Pureval was a good sport about Kelce’s call-out, saying he “deserved that.” Pureval congratulated Kansas City for making it to the Super Bowl, and shouted out the Bengals team and fans “for the energy all year.”
Cincinnati mayor responds to Travis Kelce after call-out
Pureval learned that Kelce and the Chiefs kept their receipts leading up to the AFC Championship Game.
The Bengals were able to keep pace with the Chiefs, tying the game up at 20-20 after a two-yard touchdown run by Samaje Perine, set up by an impressive 35-yard catch by Ja’Marr Chase on fourth-and-six. But, the game went down to the wire, and Kansas City responded in the final seconds of the game.
On third-and-four, quarterback Patrick Mahomes rolled to the outside and ran for a five-yard gain for the first down. As Mahomes was two steps out of bounds, he was shoved by Bengals defensive lineman Joseph Ossai, who was given an unnecessary roughness penalty. That moved the Chiefs further up the field and set up a 45-yard, game-winning field goal by Harrison Butker.
The Chiefs will now play in their third Super Bowl in four years. Meanwhile, the Bengals will spend the offseason preparing to make their return to the big game, with hopes of winning their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.