Nantz, Romo draw varied reactions for call on epic Bills-Chiefs game

Chiefs at the end of the fourth quarter had 13 seconds left because of a Bills special teams mistake, which Nantz and Romo were all overGETTY IMAGES

CBS' Jim Nantz and Tony Romo "were excellent" in their call of the dramatic Chiefs-Bills AFC divisional playoff game last night, "making the excitement of the game enjoyable" for viewers, according to Alan Pergament of the BUFFALO NEWS. Nantz’ enthusiasm level "was terrific on all the exciting plays, especially in the final two minutes of regulation." He also "asked key questions to Romo." Meanwhile, Romo "was quick to see all the things that opened up the Kansas City secondary" leading to Bills WR Gabriel Davis’ record four touchdown receptions. He also "suggested the Bills squib kick to waste a few seconds after taking the lead" (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/24).'s Jimmy Traina writes Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes at the end of the fourth quarter "had 13 seconds ... because of a bad Buffalo blunder," which Nantz and Romo "were all over." Nantz: “There are still 13 seconds to go. Put this kick on the ground? Burn up some time?” Romo: “Yeah. Honestly, you just don’t want it to be a normal kickoff. You wanna be just a little short and make it so your guys can make sure to tackle." Traina notes instead, Bills K Tyler Bass "sent the ball into the end zone." Romo: “Take four or five seconds off. Mahomes now has two plays” (, 1/24).

NOT MEETING THE MOMENT: In N.Y., Andrew Marchand writes Chiefs-Bills was one "for the ages," but CBS’ Nantz and Romo "struggled mightily" while calling it. Romo’s "best quality is his enthusiasm," but he was "nearly incoherent at times on Sunday, just all over the place." Nantz was "unable to lead him into the right spots." After Chiefs TE Travis Kelce’s OT TD catch, Chiefs coach Andy Reid was "seen talking to the refs," and Nantz and Romo were "late to recognizing that the play was under review." Then they showed the replay and Romo exclaimed, “I don’t think it is over, Jim.” After a few more replays, Romo "said the Chiefs won." Romo "needs a little more discipline." The final sequence "matched Nantz and Romo’s call of the game, which was all over the place" (N.Y. POST, 1/24).

GREEN'S SOLID DEBUT: The POST's Marchand wrote CBS game analyst Trent Green’s playoff debut was "solid during the Bengals’ win over the Titans." Subbing in for Charles Davis, who was out due to COVID protocols, Green had "very good content," but his "delivery is flat." He was "well-prepared and he built on his points," but TV is "often about how you say something as much as what you say." Green’s personality is "straightforward, not a lot of highs or lows," but this "doesn’t cut through." He also could have been a "bit sharper with his opinions." Green was "good enough," because he "made points smoothly." To go to another level, however, he will "need to work on conveying his passion for the game a little more" (N.Y. POST, 1/24).

STREAMING ISSUES: AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Andrew Bucholtz noted streaming is "still seeing notable technical problems, especially during high-demand events like the NFL playoffs." And those seemed "especially prominent with Paramount+" yesterday for Bills-Chiefs. But this is "far from unique to Paramount+." It is at least "somewhat frustrating that these services are often marketing themselves as ways to watch live sports without or in addition to a typical cable or satellite subscription," but "still struggling with repeated technical difficulties" (, 1/23).

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