The Cincinnati Bengals’ season ended in a heartbreaking and somewhat questionable fashion.
With both teams tied at 20 and not much time left on the clock, a not-so-clear call put an end to Joe Burrow‘s team’s aspirations.
Bengals’ DE Joseph Ossai was called for a roughing-the-passer call on Patrick Mahomes, which eventually led to the Kansas City Chiefs’ game-winning field goal as the clock expired.
Then, a clip of Bengals’ HC Zac Taylor fueled speculation around NFL Twitter, as internet detectives believe he said the game was rigged.
Did Zac Taylor say “It’s rigged”? pic.twitter.com/PH1Hpr7u7D
— Barstool Cincinnati (@UCBarstool) January 30, 2023
Whether that’s true or not is not for us to debate, but it wouldn’t be the first time the Chiefs were on the positive end of some questionable calls.
Moreover, the referees were too involved throughout the whole game, and it’s never a good thing when people talk about the officials in a playoff matchup.
It seemed like there were dozens of flags on the field every time the Bengals gained some momentum, with fans taking to social media to blast the referees after every drive.
But then again, these ‘roughing-the-passer’ calls have been softer by the year, and it’s hard to determine an objective criterion from the officials at this point.
The NFL continues to protect offensive players to the degree where playing defense has become a nearly-impossible task.
But from there, to claim the game or the game is rigged is a whole different thing, and truth be told, it seems like the referees are just terrible at their jobs, and that’s it.NEXT: The Bengals May Be Losing A List Of Key Players