Tony Romo brought his crystal ball to the Arrowhead Stadium press box.
While many were expecting an offensive slugfest between two of the league’s best offenses, the CBS analyst thought this was going to be a low-scoring affair. And with just over five minutes left in the first quarter, before any points had been scored, Romo told play-by-play voice Jim Nantz he gave his final score prediction.
“To me, this is not going to be a high-scoring game because these two defenses are going to make you drive the field,” Romo said. “The clock’s going to run a lot because they’re going to be consistently checking it down, running the football, every once in a while, you get a big play, but this is going to be a 24-20 type of game, maybe 30 if somebody goes off.”
And just what did the final score wind up being? Well, Romo guessed it: 24-20, Bills.
Since joining the CBS booth in 2017, the former Cowboys quarterback has earned a reputation as a bit of a soothsayer. He has earned the moniker of ‘Romostradamus’ for correctly predicting plays before they happen.
Examples of Tony Romo predicting plays
Tony Romo casually predicting on Nov. 29 that the Buccaneers and Chiefs would meet again in the Super Bowl, "There is a better than good chance... that these two teams are going to meet here in Tampa [at Super Bowl]." #Buccaneers #Chiefs #Romostradamus pic.twitter.com/bx0frYPzpt— John Breech (@johnbreech) January 25, 2021
Tomo Romo is a dang psychic in the broadcast booth, and he's calling TNF!— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 28, 2017
What will he predict tonight? 🔮 pic.twitter.com/ORxwHwp2sI
I'm surprised at the reaction to Tony Romo #Romostradamus after last night's #AFCChampionshipGame He's been great and calling out plays for two years now. Here's his first game #Raiders #Titans 9-10-17, calls out everything. pic.twitter.com/lFQdh2V0Ti— Shawn Crespin (@screspin02) January 22, 2019
Romo’s prediction is especially impressive considering it completely bucks all expectations for how that game would go. The Chiefs and Bills entered the contest as the No. 1 and No. 2 scoring offenses in the NFL. The Bills have allowed the second-fewest points, while the Chiefs ranked 24th.
And with Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen under center, these two teams have combined to score fewer than 44 combined points only once, coming in Week 6 back in 2020, when the Chiefs won 26-17. Since then, the scores have been 38-20 Bills, 38-24 Chiefs and 42-36 Chiefs.
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Next time Romo announces a score prediction during a game, there might be a few bettors putting in some exact score bets down.