Remember rookie defensive end Chase Young’s declaration after Washington clinched a playoff spot, setting up a date with Tom Brady and the Bucs in the NFC wild-card round?
“Tom Brady, I’m coming. I want Tom. I want Tom,” the No. 2 overall draft pick exclaimed. And he got him, the Bucs going to Washington the following week and winning their playoff opener 31-23.
On Sunday, after the Chiefs captured the AFC title to advance to Super Bowl 55 in Tampa for a matchup with the Bucs, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Frank Clark exhibited, let’s say, a more veteran move.
“Nah, I ain’t got nothing to say to him,” a fur-coat clad Clark said when asked after the game if he had a message for Brady similar to Young’s. “I’ll see his ass … in the Super Bowl.”
Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is no stranger to Brady and shutting down high-powered offenses. Thirteen years after Spagnuolo’s aggressive Giants defense stifled Brady and the undefeated Patriots in a 17-14 victory in Super Bowl 42, Kansas City beat Buffalo 38-24 in the AFC Championship Game. That’s the same potent Bills offense that led the AFC in scoring this season.
Quarterback Josh Allen finished with 287 yards passing and two touchdowns and 88 yards rushing, but Kansas City’s aggressive defense didn’t allow the Bills to get in a rhythm. Allen was pressured and harassed throughout the game by Clark, Chris Jones and a defense that has been quietly tough while Patrick Mahomes and the reigning Super Bowl champion’s powerful offense grab the headlines.
“I’m just happy to do everything I can for my team, just doing what I have to do,” said Clark, who had two sacks against the Bills. “I got all the faith in the world in Spags calling plays, and that’s all it is.”
Especially if you ask if he wants Tom.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.