Joe Burrow wins Bengals first playoff game, refuses to celebrate

Kristen Wong
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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Joe Burrow helped the Cincinnati Bengals win its first playoff game in 31 years, and he didn’t even crack a smile.

The quarterback seemed happy — or at the very least, relieved — after beating the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 in the AFC Wild Card Round of the 2021 playoffs.

Who wouldn’t? The Bengals just ended the league’s longest playoff drought ever, and Burrow played a completely clean game against a gritty Raiders defense. The star QB threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, and while he didn’t capitalize on a few early offensive drives, he played well enough to secure the win.

In the post-game press conference, Burrow looked more like a disgruntled B-list movie star than a history-making quarterback, though.

Any fan watching the game was anxiously biting their nails at the end of the fourth quarter when Derek Carr started his late drive to try to tie it up.

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Burrow, apparently, wasn’t fazed at all. In fact, he was “kind of hoping” that Carr would get a touchdown so he could be the hero and save the day for Cincy.

That’s an awful lot of confidence from the second-year passer but if anyone could do it, it’s Burrow. He’s already looking ahead to the Bengals’ next playoff matchup, where Cincinnati will take on either the Bills or Patriots.

It’s one thing to celebrate like you won the Super Bowl, but it’s another thing to….not celebrate at all.

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Maybe a few of Joe Mixon’s famous cigars will lighten the mood. Show us your pearly whites, Joe. This is your moment. This is your year.

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