“Wish you were on my team.”
We’re joking. Patrick Mahomes probably does wish Ja’Marr Chase was part of his wide receiver room, but the Kansas City Chiefs are generally doing fine in that department.
In Week 17, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Chiefs in a thrilling 34-31 victory that was exactly as advertised: plenty of touchdowns, some questionable calls by Zac Taylor (that worked out in his favor, lucky for him), and a few distinguishable broken records.
After the game, Mahomes paid the utmost respect to Chase and the Bengals team, taking the loss like a champ.
Can you get a better compliment than that?
The former Super Bowl champion played a stellar game, as did other players on each team, but no one shined more than the 2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year (the more you say it, the more it’ll come true), Ja’Marr Chase.
Cincinnati Bengals star Ja’Marr Chase exchanges words with Patrick Mahomes
Chase had more receiving yards than Mahomes did passing (266 receiving yards compared to 259) and basically stamped his name all over that foregone Penei Sewell debate.
He broke Jerry Butler’s rookie record for most receiving yards in a single game and he also set the rookie record for most receiving yards in a single season.
Currently, Chase has amassed 1,429 yards through 17 games, eclipsing the 1,400-yard record total previously set by Justin Jefferson in 2020.
Kansas City were up 28-17 at halftime and led for most of the game, but Burrow and Chase co-directed the great comeback story that will be told to young Cincy fans for many, many years.
This game was but a blip on Mahomes’ overarching career, but it marked a watershed moment for Chase and his team as Cincinnati clinched the AFC North and punched its ticket to the postseason.
And there’s no return trip scheduled — yet.
Could we potentially see the Bengals face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship?
It’s too far away to predict, and Cincinnati will likely adopt a game-by-game mentality come playoffs. But with Joey Franchise and the 2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year, anything can happen.