The Cincinnati Bengals are accused of receiving an “unfair advantage” in Sunday’s Divisional Round victory against the Buffalo Bills after playing in heavy snow in all-white uniforms.
The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon, though some NFL fans couldn’t help but resist the idea that the road team’s white uniforms played a role in their 27-10 victory, amidst conditions of snow in upstate New York.
Joe Burrow and Co. showed up to an icy Buffalo for the Divisional Round ready to play despite freezing weather conditions of around 32 degrees Fahrenheit and one to three inches of snow in the area.
Cincinatti never trailed throughout the contest after scoring on their first two possessions early on. The Bengals will then travel to a warmer part of the country to take on the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch for last season’s AFC Championship title, though Bills fans won’t forget the game on Sunday. Sunday any time soon as they will feel their team was hard to do.
‘Playing in white in the snow. Classic Madden #Bengals Cheat Code,” a Buffalo fan tweeted.
The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills (27-10) in all-white uniforms, gelling with snow
NFL fans on Twitter complained that Bills players couldn’t tell their snow counterparts apart.
Cincinnati had their helmets bright orange to separate them from the heavy snowfall in Buffalo
“White Bengals jerseys blending into the field due to snow,” Robert Griffin III, an analyst for ESPN College Football and NFL Live, tweeted.
“Bengals receivers are wearing white uniforms in a snow storm, this makes it impossible for Bills defenders to spot them because they blend in. This is basically cheating and if Cincy wins this game it doesn’t count,” an account from NFL parody. shared.
‘MVP of this game is who ever within the @Bengals organization said: ‘we’re going where the white uniforms are!’ #camouflage #RuleTheJungle’ wrote one Bengals fan.
“The white Bengals uniforms are a great asset in the snow,” said one NFL fan from Kentucky.
Some Bills fans tweeted that the Bengals had an “unfair advantage” because of their white uniforms.
“Bengals uniforms blend into the snow so much all I see is bright orange helmets running lol,” a Fox Nashville sportswriter tweeted.
“Do the Bengals get an unfair advantage with their white uniforms in the snow?” said another NFL fan.
“I didn’t realize the white uniforms made the Bengals invisible to the refs, but that must be why they’re just calling fouls on us, right?” wrote one Bills fan.
Bengals RB Joe Mixon runs with the ball against Buffalo Bills LB Matt Milano in the third quarter
Bengals celebrate after CB Cam Taylor-Britt made an interception in the fourth quarter
“The Bengals are cheating by wearing these white uniforms,” one sports account shared on Twitter, along with a smiley emoji and an aerial image of Highmark Stadium.
“I really think the Bills can’t watch the Bengals in their white uniforms,” said one Twitter user.
Cincinnati advanced to back-to-back AFC championship games for the first time in franchise history, and will be wary of the Chiefs team rocked by star quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ ankle injury.
The Bengals beat the Chiefs 27-24 to advance to last year’s Super Bowl, which they lost to the Los Angeles Rams. Cincinnati has won the last three meetings against Kansas City, including a 27-24 win last month.