“Domination,” Burrow said on CBS after. “From start to finish.”
It wasn’t just Burrow’s on-field performance, although that was impressive. He finished 23-of-36 for 242 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 31 yards. The Bengals' ability to control both lines of scrimmage was the biggest difference maker, but that was some elite quarterback play, especially under the circumstances.
“Felt like football,” Burrow said. “It was fun.”
As much as anything, it is his demeanor, his confidence, his curiosity, not cowardice, in the face of a playoff environment out of the Bills' wildest imagination — snow, cold and noise.
All of that attitude rubs off on his teammates, on his coaches, on an entire organization and fan base that was known as much for its demoralizing despair, so much of it self-inflicted.
The Bengals, founded in 1968, won five playoff games in their history before Burrow arrived as the No. 1 draft pick out of LSU in 2020.
The Bengals took it as a sign of disrespect that the NFL was selling tickets to a potential neutral site AFC Championship Game between the Bills and Chiefs, and after the Bengals ended those plans by beating the Bills today, Joe Burrow gloated.
Joe Burrow put forth an incredible performance in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday, but his postgame troll might have been better.
After his Cincinnati Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills27-10 in Orchard Park, New York, Burrow was asked about the potential neutral-site AFC Championship Game the Bills would have played against the Kansas City Chiefs in Atlanta as a result of the cancellation of the Bills-Bengals Week 17 game after Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field. The NFL announced that more than 50,000 tickets were sold for the playoff game a mere 24 hours after its announcement.
Of course, that game won't happen now. And Burrow made sure to let Bills fans know that they could still get their money back.
Truly brutal. Burrow continued to express his swagger in the locker room.
Joe Burrow smoking a Fat Bottom Betty cigar in the locker room after the win.