Buffalo Wild Wings is taking a page out of Little Caesar’s handbook.
The chain restaurant is taking a chance at the Super Bowl this Sunday, as it will give away free wings if the game goes into overtime. This was the first year in NFL history both conference championship games went to OT.
Former NFL punter and current broadcaster Pat McAfee, who is working with Buffalo Wild Wings during the promotion, is betting that it will happen.
“I believe in putting things out into the universe,” he told Ominsport. “You put things out into the universe, you speak things into existence and I’m hoping that this happens, I’ve been speaking this into existence ever since I signed up with Buffalo Wild Wings and if this thing goes into overtime, I am a medium, all drums, crispy wings eater on a very regular basis, two or three times a week from Buffalo Wild Wings, and free wings for me on Sunday…wouldn’t only help my pocketbook, but it helps the morale of America, so I’m betting on it going to overtime.”
If the game does go to OT, Buffalo Wild Wings will give away a free snack size of traditional or boneless wings on Feb. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. local time. Little Caesar’s did a similar promotion during March Madness, saying it would give away free pizza if a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed. UMBC pulled off a shocking upset of Virginia to make that happen.
Now, about overtime. Both championship games went to an extra period this season and there was plenty of controversy in the two matchups. In the AFC, potential MVP Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs never got to touch the ball as Tom Brady led the Patriots down the field for a touchdown to win.
Brady is now a perfect 3-0 in playoff overtime games and his opponent has never touched the ball in any of those games. McAfee would be willing to see the format changed.
“You would hope that the MVP — probable MVP — is going to get a chance to touch the rock, but in the NFC game, I mean, there was the standard, ball, turnover…make it happen, other team wins, so…I know there’s been a lot of conversation about the overtime and everything like that…there’s a lot of crazy concepts that we could come up with but at the end of the day, anything that gets chosen is going to be debated upon,” he said. “I wish Patrick Mahomes would have gotten the chance to touch the ball there, but I also wish that maybe the Chiefs could have got a turnover there.”