Amid a scoreless second quarter for the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers, Travis Kelce grabbed head coach Andy Reid on the sideline and screamed in his face. The Chiefs’ offense was stuck in neutral early against the 49ers, and Kelce was not happy about it.
Kelce appeared to be upset that he wasn’t in the game on a pivotal red-zone play early in the second quarter. On that play, 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.
Kelce is one of the most dangerous red-zone weapons in football history. He’s been Mahomes’ favorite target through 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 as they rallied to tie the game at 19-19 late in regulation to force overtime. There, Patrick 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 the last 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 composed and apologized for his outburst during regulation time. Reid told ESPN that Kelce had hugged him and expressed regret about what happened on Sunday afternoon when things were tense between them due to frustration and disappointment earlier in regulation time when mistakes from both sides saw points at premium early Sunday resulting in mounting frustration which added up rare discord on Chiefs’ sideline with Kelce targeting his head coach but ultimately this didn’t impact their ability to rally back