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‘They Gotta Play Us Day;’ Cincinnati mayor issues proclamation before Bengals-Chiefs game

CINCINNATI — Trash talk between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs is underway as we get closer and closer to Sunday night’s AFC Championship game and Cincinnati’s mayor is taking part, according to our news partner WCPO in Cincinnati.

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Mayor Aftab Pureval released a video proclaiming Sunday, January 29, as “They Gotta Play Us Day.”

The proclamation says:

Whereas, the Cincinnati Bengals are heading 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’s 3-0 against Mahomes, has been asked by officials to take a paternity test confirming 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 a Super Bowl win; and Whereas, Kansas is named after is neighboring state-which is, you know, just kind of weird.

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The mayor mentions how the Bengals are heading to “Burrowhead” Stadium, referring to Bengals safety Mike Hilton’s nickname for Arrowhead Stadium when he was mic’d up for the tv program “Inside the NFL,” WCPO reports.

“We’ll see you all in ‘Burrowhead,” Hilton told the crowd at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York last Sunday. “Let that sink in your mind. We’ll see you all in ‘Burrowhead!”

Pureval raised a Bengals flag at City Hall Friday, WCPO reports.

He also has a bet with Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas for the second straight year.

If the Bengals lose, Pureval will send for Graeter’s but if Cincinnati wins, their mayor will send ribs.

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News Center 7 will have coverage of the Bengals and Chiefs leading up to kickoff.

This includes the Orange Zone on Sunday morning, Jan. 29, at 11:30 a.m. with John Bedell and Larry Hansgen.

News Center 7′s Brandon Lewis will also provide live coverage from Kansas City.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The winner advances to Super Bowl XLVII to play either San Francisco or Philadelphia on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona.

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