Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman taunt Bengals’ Eli Apple

Eli Apple was having fun on Twitter two weeks ago. Now the shoe is on the other foot.

The Cincinnati Bengals cornerback was one of the heroes of the AFC Championship Game when he tackled Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill on the goal line late in the first half. time, a vital game in what would turn out to be a 27-24. win in overtime to send his team to the Super Bowl.

Apple didn’t shy away from sharing it with the Chiefs on Twitter after the game, calling Hill a “baby” while tagging him in a quote-from-the-play tweet and gifting Super Bowl tickets to Hill and his teammate Mecole Hardman.

It was an impressive amount of post-game chatter, but there was one unfortunate fact for Apple. He still had one game left to play, and that game was against Offensive Player of the Year team Cooper Kupp.

Fast forward two weeks, and Apple was no longer having fun. He was in Kupp’s torture chamber, allowing Kupp’s two hits to be covered. First, he lost the fast wide on a wheel road that gave the Rams a 13-3 lead.

Then, in the fourth quarter, Apple found themselves in single coverage against Kupp in the 2nd and on goal with less than two minutes left. Kupp beat him for the touchdown, which turned out to be the game-winner when the Rams defense forced a turnover on the downs on the next drive.

Hill and Hardman, watching from home, clearly enjoyed seeing their foe’s misfortune on Twitter. Hardman even tweeted a photo of his Super Bowl ring to Apple, still without a ring.

These affected formed the backstory of Kupp’s Super Bowl MVP case. Apple finished the game with five tackles and one pass defended to its name.

If there’s a lesson to be learned from all of this, it’s probably to wait until you win the Super Bowl before you really get into the jugular on social media. Because there may be people waiting to fight back.

That’s when Chiefs players could pick up Eli Apple on Twitter. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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