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Joe Mixon mocks NFL’s AFC North playoff rule tweak with coin-flip TD celebration vs. Ravens

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Joe Mixon’s touchdown celebration against the Baltimore Ravens played a bit of a prank on the NFL’s home field rule change.

Multiple playoff rule changes made following the cancellation of the Week 17 game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals meant that if the Ravens beat the Bengals in Week 18, they would determine home advantage. with a coin toss immediately after the game.

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So, when the Bengals star running back scored his first touchdown of the first quarter to give the Bengals a 10-0 lead, the running back pretended to flip a coin in the end zone to symbolize the new rule.

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Luckily for the Bengals, this rule was never enforced after Cincinnati beat the Ravens 27–16 to secure a home playoff game against the Ravens during the wildcard round. But the Bengals won’t play the same team of Ravens next week. Baltimore “hopes” that quarterback Lamar Jackson will return after he missed the last five games with a knee injury, and will likely bring back J.K. Dobbins after the team landed him in Week 18.

The Bengals weren’t happy with the rule change earlier this week.

The celebration was not subtle, like the Bengalis’ reaction to the coin toss rule when it was announced.

Here is Mixon’s tweet about the rule on Thursday:

Head coach Zach Taylor also expressed his displeasure with the rule after the NFL announced its decision. Taylor said the change was unfair to the Bengals compared to how it affected the rest of the AFC.

“It seems like a lot of teams have positives and we only have negatives,” Taylor said. via The Enquirer. “So, we have the opportunity to play a coin toss, which can only affect us negatively. We do not have the opportunity to play a coin toss, which will positively affect us. Again, let’s just follow the rules and we accept that. We just need to focus on preparing for Baltimore and then do our best to control what we can control at that moment.”

What’s even funnier is former Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson. yesterday asked about this landing celebration. Whether it was done in earnest or as a joke, Johnson got what he asked for early in the game.

Joe Mixon (28) joked after scoring a touchdown against the Ravens in the regular season finale.  (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Joe Mixon (28) joked after scoring a touchdown against the Ravens in the regular season finale. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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