The AFC Championship is set with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Buffalo Bills. To make things more interesting, two former Rebs will be on opposing sidelines with one player getting a chance to play in the biggest game of the year.
Let’s take a look at the Rebels who will be taking the field in the AFC title game and what to expect.
Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills
Knox has made quite a name for himself this year as a dependable tight-end. In his divisional round, he had two receptions for 18 yards. While they aren’t huge numbers, it was enough that the Bills will be making their first AFC Championship appearance since 1994.
The last time Buffalo made it this far, “I’ll Make Love to You” was the number one song, and Dawson Knox wasn’t born yet. He has become a reliable outlet on offense for Bills QB Josh Allen, and it would be surprising if he didn’t factor in on some third and short or red zone possessions in such a big game.
Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
The world watched as Patrick Mahomes, Super Bowl LIV's most valuable player, suffered a nasty concussion that forced him to leave the game last weekend. There has yet to be an announcement on whether or not Mahomes will return for the AFC Championship on Sunday, though Mahomes says he has cleared concussion protocol and will play.
In the meantime, the former Ole Miss quarterback was called up for the championship. Ta’amu will join Chad Henne and Matt Moore. With those two possibly nearing the end of their careers, Ta’amu could be stepping into the second-string role. It is unlikely that Jordan Ta’amu will play, but there is always a chance!
Even if your team has already been knocked out of the playoffs (or didn’t even make them,) you can still tune in to watch two former Rebels compete on almost the biggest stage in football.