The Bengals stand as one of the few NFL teams to have enjoyed sustained recent success against the defending champions, winning three of the four matchups between the two teams in the last two seasons, including a victory in the 2021 AFC championship game. Yet Kansas City currently holds bragging rights after edging Cincinnati 23-20 in last season's conference title game en route to the franchise's second Super Bowl win in four years.
And when the Chiefs received their Super Bowl 57 rings on Thursday night, Mahomes couldn't help but respond to a Bengals star's playful jab with one of his own.
On Tuesday, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow responded to a question about the best quarterback in the NFL by naming Mahomes as the clear choice. But when Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase was later asked for the best player in the NFL, he gave the nod to Burrow, saying the decision was "easy." Informed of Burrow's choice, Chase quipped, "Pat who?"
Mahomes' response Thursday night in Kansas City, where the Chiefs received their Super Bowl 57 rings: A tweet with a photo of the quarterback flashing his two title rings on his right hand, with the caption "That's Who."
Mahomes wasn't the only Chiefs player to have a little bit of fun with Chase's remark. Wide receiver Kadarius Toney took to Twitter on Wednesday to back his quarterback.
The rivalry took on an added layer of intensity this offseason with four-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr.'s decision to leave the Chiefs for the Bengals.
"It hurts. It hurts my soul, man. Hurts my soul," Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said in March on his "New Heights" podcast when discussing Brown's defection. "It's like watching your best friend just turn evil on you."
The Chiefs and Bengals are set to reignite their rivalry on Dec. 31 in one of the NFL regular season's most anticipated matchups.
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