In one of the most strange Twitter interactions I have ever seen, Cincinnati Mayor, Aftab Pureval sent out a highlight video declaring January 29th, 2023 as, “They Gotta Play Us Day” in Cincinnati.
At one point during the video, the Mayor poked fun at Chiefs fans by saying, “Joseph Lee Burrow, who’s 3-0 against Mahomes, has been asked by officials to take a paternity test to confirm whether or not he is his [Patrick Mahomes’] father.”
You can see the video link below for the Mayor’s message.
Mayor Pureval also shared the official document he signed as part of the declaration for the new Cincinnati holiday which reads,
“Be it proclaimed: Whereas, the Cincinnati Bengals are headed to Burrowhead stadium for their second consecutive AFC Championship game; and, Whereas, at last year’s game, the Bengals scored more points than the Chiefs, resulting in a Bengals victory and a Chiefs loss; and, Whereas, Joseph Lee Burrow, who is 3-0 against Mahomes, has been asked by officials to take a paternity test whether or not he’s his father; and, Whereas, all season long, Cincinnati has been on a path of destiny, fighting it out to overcome anyone who stands between them and a SuperBowl win; and, Whereas, Kansas City is named after its neighboring state – which is, you know, kind of weird. Now, Therefore, I, Aftab Pureval, Mayor of the City of Cincinnati do hereby proclaim January 29th, 2023 as “They Gotta Play Us Day” in Cincinnati.”
The trash-talk between the two teams will continue to heat up all weekend until the game kicks off on Sunday night at 5:30 PM CST in Kansas City, where the Chiefs have hosted five-straight AFC Championship Games.
The Big 12 is heavily featured this weekend, with three of the four quarterbacks left in the NFL Playoffs from the Big 12, led by Mahomes. But the NFC Championship is an all-Big 12 battle between former Oklahoma signal caller Jalen Hurts and Iowa State’s Brock Purdy. The NFC Championship Game kicks off at 2:00 CST in Philadelphia between the Eagles and the 49ers.