Kansas City Chiefs’ offense was stuck in neutral early against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Travis Kelce, one of the most dangerous red-zone weapons in football history, was particularly frustrated as he wasn’t on the field for a pivotal red-zone play during a scoreless second quarter.
Kelce grabbed head coach Andy Reid on the sideline and screamed in his face, expressing his disappointment that he wasn’t playing. 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 on the field for a run play that would have given them a better chance at scoring. Instead, tight end Noah Gray blocked, resulting in a fumble and turnover by Isaiah Pacheco.
Despite their struggles early on, the Chiefs rallied to tie the game at 19-19 late in regulation time. This forced overtime, where Patrick 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 with nine catches for 93 yards, including a first-down conversion in the red zone that set up the winning touchdown.
Afterward, Kelce was much more relaxed and appreciative of his teammates’ efforts. Reid also spoke about Kelce’s apology after their heated moment on the sideline. “He came over and gave me a hug,” said Reid of Kelce. “He just wants to be on the field and play.” Despite their initial frustration, it seems like this experience only brought them closer together as they celebrate their third title win as a team.