The Kansas City Chiefs faced a formidable opponent in the San Francisco 49ers during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Despite their best efforts, their offense was stuck in neutral early on. Travis Kelce, one of the most dangerous red-zone weapons in football history, was particularly frustrated by this.
During a scoreless second quarter for the Chiefs against the 49ers, Kelce grabbed head coach Andy Reid on the sideline and screamed in his face. He was upset that he wasn’t in the game on a pivotal red-zone play early in the second quarter.
The Chiefs had driven to the 49ers’ 9-yard line on a 52-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman. On the next play, Kelce wasn’t in the game. Tight end Noah Gray was instead on the field to block. The Chiefs dialed up a run play for Isaiah Pacheco, who fumbled the ball, resulting in a Chiefs turnover. With that, Kansas City’s best chance to score to that point was squandered.
Despite his frustration, Kelce remained one of Mahomes’ favorite targets throughout two previous Super Bowl wins. At that point in Sunday’s game, he hadn’t logged a catch. Mistakes from both sides saw points at a premium early Sunday, leading to mounting frustration. It added up to rare discord on the Chiefs’ sideline, with Kelce targeting his head coach.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, it didn’t hurt their cause. After being held to three points in the first half, they rallied to tie the game at 19-19 late in regulation to force overtime. There, Mahomes led a walk-off touchdown drive capped by a pass to Mecole Hardman to secure a 25-23 win and Kansas City’s third Super Bowl victory in five seasons. Kelce finished the game with nine catches for 93 yards, including a first-down conversion in the red zone that set up the game-winning touchdown.
Afterward, Kelce was much more positive about things than he had been during regulation time.”I came over and gave him (Reid) a hug,” Kelce said after winning “I just want to be out there playing and making plays.” Reid also commented about Kelce apologizing but there were no hard feelings between them.”He just wants