Back in Week 12, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill had the game of his life in one quarter. In the first 15 minutes of the Chiefs’ 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hill had seven catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns. During a rematch in the Super Bowl, a stingy Bucs defense shut down Hill. Near the end of the game, Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr. was flagged 15 yards for some payback on Hill and said “it felt amazing.”
Tyreek Hill embarrassed the Buccaneers in Week 12
Tyreek Hill was a stat machine back in Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver had two long touchdown receptions and seven catches for 203 yards in the first quarter alone. The speedy receiver finished the day with 13 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns in The Chiefs’ 27-24 victory.
During that game, Hill found himself facing a lot of one-on-one coverage. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes capitalized on that by targeting his speedy wideout early and often. “We don’t get that a lot, especially with that guy and his ability,” Mahomes said then, according to ESPN. “So when we do, we try to take advantage of it.”
During that game, Hill went over 1,000 yards for the season. He was happy with his performance, but said there was still a lot of work to be done. “It feels good, you know, but I feel like there’s still a lot of work for me to do,” Hill said. “I’m always trying to get better, got to be consistent with what you do. Those same people showing you love this week, you make a bad play next week, they’re going to hate you.”
Hill and the Chiefs were embarrassed in Super Bowl 55
The Kansas City Chiefs entered Super Bowl 55 as a three-point favorite over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They wound up losing by 22 points. The Bucs held Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ potent offense without a touchdown.
Tyreek Hill didn’t come close to matching his Week 12 output against the Buccaneers. The Pro-Bowl wide receiver had two catches in the first half Sunday and finished with seven. Many of those came late when the game was well out of hand. Hill was no factor in the Super Bowl.
Mahomes struggled mightily in the game. Tampa Bay’s defensive line applied pressure to Mahomes all game, making him uncomfortable throughout. He was held without a touchdown pass as the Chiefs’ offense could only muster three Harrison Butker field goals.
For Antoine Winfield, a 15-yard penalty was well worth payback
The game was well out of hand and Antoine Winfield felt it was time for a little payback. After a fourth-down pass intended for Tyreek Hill fell incomplete, Winfield went up to the Chiefs receiver and flashed the peace sign right in his face. Winfield’s actions drew an immediate 15-yard taunting penalty, but Winfield wasn’t too concerned about that.
Back in Week 12, Hill scored one of his three touchdowns against the Bucs and back-flipped in the end zone before issuing a peace sign. Winfield didn’t forget. He got the last laugh when he returned the favor after Hill couldn’t come up with the fourth-down catch, essentially ending his season with a loss.
“It’s something I had to do,” Winfield said, according to The New York Post. “When we played earlier, he back-flipped in front of my face and gave me the peace sign. So it was only right that I gave him the peace sign back to him. It felt amazing to do that. I’m not even going to lie.”