The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 18-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in their AFC wild-card win on Saturday featured big plays, big hits and plenty of chippy play — including eight personal fouls and unsportsmanlike penalties — by both teams.
By contrast, the Chiefs’ 30-0 win over the Houston Texans on Saturday was just as competitive — despite the final score, there were a few dustups and skirmishes — but lacked the ugliness of the game that followed.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid credited the officials for that.
“You know what, I’m going to compliment the officials on this one because they don’t ever get any compliments,” Reid said. “They asked me before the game … and just said ‘Listen, we don’t want to call anything, but excessive celebration and the fighting part of it … if you could just remind your team about that. We don’t want to call it, but if we’re in that position, we’re going to have to and that would be a shame if that affected your game.’ ”
So Reid said he gave his team the warning, and noted that he appreciated the pregame heads up.
“It’s an emotional game,” Reid said. “You don’t want to take the emotions out of it, but you’ve got to kind of curb it a little bit (sometimes) and I appreciated the officials (telling us) as just a reminder on that.”