Kansas City Chiefs rallied to win the Super Bowl on Sunday after their offense was stuck in neutral early against the San Francisco 49ers. Travis Kelce, one of the most dangerous red-zone weapons in football history, was particularly frustrated when he wasn’t in the game on a pivotal red-zone play early in the second quarter.
Kelce grabbed head coach Andy Reid on the sideline and screamed in his face, expressing his frustration. The Chiefs had driven to the 49ers’ 9-yard line on a 52-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman, but Kelce wasn’t in the game for a crucial run play. Instead, tight end Noah Gray was blocking. Kelce’s absence resulted in a fumble and a turnover, squandering Kansas City’s best chance to score at that point.
Despite this setback, Kelce continued to be Mahomes’ favorite target through two previous Super Bowl wins. At that point in Sunday’s game, he hadn’t logged a catch yet. However, 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 that secured 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 composed than he had been earlier during the game and apologized to Reid according to ESPN reportings . Reid said that there were no hard feelings between them and that he appreciated Kelce being passionate about playing and competitive nature of him which made him feel young as well