In the second quarter of the Super Bowl game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, Travis Kelce was not happy with his team’s offense. The Chiefs had driven to the 49ers’ 9-yard line on a 52-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman, but on the next play, Kelce was not in the game.
Kelce appeared to be upset that he wasn’t in the game on a pivotal red-zone play early in the second quarter. 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 initial frustration, Kelce is one of the most dangerous red-zone weapons in football history and has 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, 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 better spirits and apologized for his outburst on Sunday night during an interview with ESPN: “I know I got heated there,” he said with regret.” Reid told ESPN that he understood what triggered Kelce’s anger and added: “He’s just so competitive; I think sometimes when things don’t go his way or something doesn’t work out like he wants it to work out – I mean we all get frustrated.” Winning has a tendency to make everything feel better for both of them