A crucial error by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Joseph Ossai put the Kansas City Chiefs in range to send themselves to Super Bowl LVII, and one of his teammates is letting him know it wasn’t a good decision.
As the Bengals grimly returned to the locker following a 23-20 loss to the Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt couldn’t hold back her feelings about Ossai’s blunder.
“No, it’s not good. This motherfucker is last year. Why the fuck would you touch the quarterback,” he yelled as he entered the locker room.
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Joseph Ossai, b. 58, and Zach Carter, no. 95 of the Cincinnati Bengals, facing Patrick Mahomes, no. in Kansas City, Missouri.
Frustrations were certainly running high after the Bengals’ season ended with that Harrison Butker 45-yard field goal, but Pratt was saying (harder than most) what many were thinking: It wasn’t a smart move by Ossai when he was chasing Patrick Mahomes out of bounds.
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Mahomes was trying to muster up a few extra yards for Butker to work with on the match winner when he popped out of the pocket despite the sprained ankle still bothering him.
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He picked up five yards when both of his feet hit the white paint of the home run, but Ossai made the costly mistake of shoving Mahomes down, which immediately resulted in an unnecessary rough call that changed the entire game .
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, No.
Instead of being at the Cincinnati 42-yard line, the Chiefs were in business from the 27-yard line instead.
With eight seconds remaining, Butker kicked down the middle to send the Chiefs to the Super Bowl and livid comments from Pratt followed.
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Though it was a bad play on his part, Ossai just wrapped up his second year in the NFL with the Bengals after being drafted in the third round by Texas. He still has two years left on his rookie contract, but you never know what can happen in this business.
Cincinnati Bengals #58 Joseph Ossai looks on during the first half of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 21, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Pratt was also a third-round pick by Cincinnati in the 2019 NFL Draft, and has started every game played with them for the past three seasons. He totaled 99 tackles in the regular season.
Scott Thompson is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.