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Mayors of Nashville and Kansas City Make Friendly Wager on AFC Wildcard Game


The upcoming playoff clash between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs keeps getting more interesting. The two teams meet this weekend for the first time in a playoff game since 1994. Now, the cities’ mayors are raising the stakes. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Kansas City Mayor Sly James, have struck a friendly wager. With both cities known for their barbecue, the winning city’s mayor will receive a BBQ meal from the loser.

“I remember Kansas City barbecue well from growing up outside the city,” Mayor Barry said. “It gets a lot of national attention, which is well-deserved. And I look forward to eating some after the Titans beat the Chiefs on Saturday.”

Regardless of which NFL team prevails on Saturday afternoon, each NFL team will make a $1,000 donation to a local homelessness charity—a win for both cities.

“Nashville sports have been on a great run over the past year, and the Titans are doing their part,” Mayor Barry said. “Coach Mularkey and the team have done an excellent job getting us to the playoffs. I’m also very excited about the Titans’ commitment to our homeless population. Titan Up!”

If the Chiefs are victorious, Jack Cawthon will send a spread of Nashville fare to Mayor James from Jack’s BBQ. And, if the Titans win, Mayor James will be sending some of Kansas City’s finest to Music City.

“Nothing goes better with the sweet taste of victory than some delicious BBQ,” Mayor James said. “I’m only sorry that Mayor Barry won’t get to experience it. Go Chiefs!”

“The playoffs are such a fun time of the year for our fans and for this city and we love having Mayor Barry backing us. This will help those in need while showing our civic pride,” said Amy Adams Strunk, controlling owner of the Tennessee Titans. “We hope there are many more of these bets to come this playoff season.”

“With so much on the line each game, the playoffs are the most exciting time of the year for all of us in Chiefs Kingdom,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Mayor James has been a tremendous supporter of ours and we are proud that he’s on our side. What a fun way to show off our Kansas City barbecue as well as rally around those in need.”

The Titans and Chiefs will go head-to-head on Saturday, January 6th at 3:35PM CST at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The winner of this round will go to on to play either the New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers.