Bengals DE Joseph Ossai stood at his locker with tears in his eyes as he addressed concerns about the back-breaking roughing-the-passer penalty he devoted, however he didn’t do it alone … his colleague B.J. Hill stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his fellow d-lineman, offering much-needed assistance for his pal.
Of course, 22-year-old Ossai, who played a heckuva video game prior to the penalty, drew the most pricey of charges when he struck Patrick Mahomes out of bounds with just 8 seconds staying in the video game, and ball game connected at 20.
People on the timeline grumbling about this penalty however you can’t connect your arms and push a QB while he’s 5 feet out of bounds, this will be a penalty 10000000% of the time pic.twitter.com/KNNcgsNG7S
— Computer Cowboy (@benbbaldwin) January 30, 2023
Mahomes lacked bounds at the 40-yard line — and presuming the Chiefs didn’t get anymore backyards (they likely would’ve had time to run 1 more play prior to kicking the FG) — would’ve established around a 57-yard basket. An extremely challenging kick, specifically thinking about the freezing cold temperature levels and the pressure of the minute.
However, thanks to the 15-yard penalty on Ossai, the kick was 40 backyards … certainly a lot easier for Harrison Butker.
my heart is heavy for Joseph Ossai. he’s 22 years of ages & put his whole enjoying winning this video game however came to the most significant minute of his life one 2nd too sluggish. if you raved, celebrated or stated “how might he” believe if this was your child, sibling or pal.pic.twitter.com/W6YFGUrVNO
— Jesse Washington (@jessewashington) January 30, 2023
Ossai was plainly crushed, sobbing on the bench as the Chiefs commemorated their 3rd journey to the Super Bowl in 4 seasons.
After the video game, Ossai didn’t conceal … he stood at his locker and addressed concerns like a real expert, as 27-year-old Hill, likewise a protective lineman, waited as Joseph spoke about the essential play.
“These people imply a lot to me and to understand that they have my back is very… it’s offering me peace today,” Joseph informed the put together media.
This was the scene at Joseph Ossai’s locker with BJ Hill actioning in to supply assistance https://t.co/8vn1OOlhOQ pic.twitter.com/nbUnoCkzfp
— Michael Niziolek (@michaelniziolek) January 30, 2023
Despite Ossai plainly feeling accountable for the loss, his colleagues and coaches, nearly to a male (more on that shorlty), have stated the second year gamer is NOT the factor Cinci lost. In reality, throughout postgame media, head coach Zac Taylor tried to alter that story, stating one play does not determine the outcome of a 60-minute football video game.
Jermaine Pratt noticeably distressed with the ending of that video game- especially with the roughing the passer on Joseph Ossai that got the Chiefs in comfy FG variety to win the video game #bengals #AFCChampionshipGame pic.twitter.com/02JR77QgG7
— Katie Kapusta (@KatieKapustaTELEVISION) January 30, 2023
Linebacker Germaine Pratt at first appeared in anger after the pricey error, shrieking “What the f***! Why the f*** did you touch the quarterback?” as he strolled into the visitor’s locker space. But, after he had a long time to cool down, Pratt altered his tune while speaking to press reporters.
Now, the Chiefs are preparing to play the Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on February 12, and assistance or not, it’s the start of a long offseason for the gifted and young DE.