Tyreek Hill in Hot Water for Unflagged Celebration vs. Steelers

Getty Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

The NFL has cracked down on Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill for his touchdown celebration against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wild-Card Weekend.

Hill has been fined $12,875 for using pom-poms to celebrate his 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter, a celebration that was not flagged, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

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Despite fans enjoying celebrations like Hill’s, the league continues to enforce its rule on celebrations, which was implemented for the first time this season.

Chiefs Need 2 Wins to Reach 2022 Super Bowl

In order to make a third-straight Super Bowl appearance, the Chiefs need to win two more playoff games. That means they need to beat the Bills in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Kansas City played Buffalo already this season, losing 38-20 on October 10. In that game, Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes threw for 272 yards, two touchdowns, and also had two interceptions.

“Listen, [the Bills] got after us. So, we know it’s a great challenge and they’re a great team,” head coach Andy Reid explained during his press conference on Monday, January 17. “So, we’re going to go through the process of getting ourselves ready to play. We’ll take it day by day, and as coaches, we’ll try to get the players good stuff to work with, and I know the players and their attitude, they love that part of it, and they’ll work hard to better themselves so we can have a good game.”

What can be taken away from the October 10 Chiefs-Bills matchup is that Kansas City was a very different football team back then. The Chiefs’ defense hadn’t turned things around yet, and the offense wasn’t comfortable with its new identity. But that’s not the case anymore, which was evident against Pittsburgh in the Wild Card Round.

Chiefs, Bills Dominate Wild-Card Round

Against the Steelers, Mahomes set career-highs in completions (30) and yards (404) for a single postseason game, according to Pro Football Reference. He also threw five touchdowns, which ties his career-high in the playoffs through eight career games. Kansas City’s offense overall totaled 478 yards and turned the ball over just one time.

Buffalo beat the New England Patriots 47-17 on Wild Card Weekend. Allen completed 21-of-25 pass attempts for 308 yards and five touchdowns. Buffalo’s offense averaged 8.9 yards per play, and the defense gave up just 216 yards through the air and forced Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones into throwing two interceptions.

“They’re scary with the weapons they have. Every time we game plan, we say who we have to take away. This particular team, if you put too much attention to one guy, they’ve got so many other people that can beat you,” Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said of the Bills during his press conference on Thursday, January 20. “You bring up a really good point about [Josh] Allen running the football. I think that’ll just be part of it. I don’t think they’ll get away from it, but when they’ve been handing the ball off to 26 [Devin Singletary] and 20 [Zack Moss] and they’re churning out yards, that makes them that much more dangerous.

“So, I think I’ve said this before, we begin every game plan, week, meeting with the players with you’ve got to stop the run first because if an offense like this can be two dimensional on first, second, third down, that’s going to be a long night for us. So, we’ll begin there and hopefully work our way out and have some successful plays.”

If the Chiefs beat the Bills, then they will advance to the AFC Championship Game and will face the Cincinnati Bengals, who beat the Tennessee Titans 19-16 in their Divisional Round matchup on Saturday, January 22.

Kansas City will host Buffalo on GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, January 23, at 5:30 p.m. Arrowhead time.


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