A crucial mistake by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Joseph Ossai put the Kansas City Chiefs within field goal range to qualify for Super Bowl LVII, and one of his teammates tells him it wasn’t a good call.

As the Bengals somberly made their way back to the locker room after a 23-20 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship on Sunday, Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt couldn’t contain her feelings about Ossai’s mistake.

«No, it’s not good. This is mother’s senior year. Why the hell would you touch the quarterback?» he yelled as he walked into the locker room.

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Joseph Ossai of the Cincinnati Bengals tackles Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Joseph Ossai of the Cincinnati Bengals tackles Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Frustrations were certainly running high after the Bengals’ season ended with that Harrison Butker 45-yard field goal, but Pratt was saying (tougher than most) what many thought: It wasn’t a smart move by Ossai. when he was chasing Patrick Mahomes. out of limits.

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Mahomes was looking to pack a few more yards for Butker to work on the game-winning goal when he came out of the pocket despite his high ankle sprain still bothering him.

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He picked up five yards when both feet hit the white paint out of bounds, but Ossai made the costly mistake of shoving Mahomes to the ground, which immediately resulted in a game-changing call for unnecessary roughness.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes gestures before the snap against the Cincinnati Bengals at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes gestures before the snap against the Cincinnati Bengals at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Instead of being at the Cincinnati 42-yard line, the Chiefs were in business from the 27-yard line.

With eight seconds left, Butker punted the ball right up the middle to send the Chiefs to the Super Bowl and Pratt’s angry comments followed.

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While it was a poor move on his part, Ossai just finished his second year in the NFL with the Bengals after being drafted in the third round out of Texas. He still has two years left on his rookie contract, but you never know what he can go through in this business.

Joseph Ossai of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the New York Giants game at MetLife Stadium on August 21, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Joseph Ossai of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the New York Giants game 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 he has played with them over the past three seasons. He had 99 tackles in the regular season.