Here’s the Real Reason for Patrick Mahomes’ Sideline Argument With Rashee Rice in Super Bowl Thriller

Published 02/11/2024, 10:55 PM EST

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The big showdown is over! Two formidable teams – the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers – hoped to clinch the Lombardi Trophy. But only one of them could. And it was the Red Army. Furthermore, the Chiefs were in contention to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls in 20 years. While both teams were grinding hard on the gridiron, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and wide receiver Rashee Rice were spotted arguing about something during the game. But what was the reason?

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As the fourth quarter ended with the scores level, Rashee Rice and Patrick Mahomes engaged in an intense argument on the sidelines. Their teammates surrounded them, and it looked like the heated conversation was regarding a serious concern. With everyone contemplating the whys around the incident, JPAFootball’s X handle shed light on the reason.

The post read, Rashee Rice was open and thought he should’ve gotten the ball.” Instead of going into overtime following a game-tying field goal, Rice felt the Chiefs could’ve clinched the Super Bowl in regulation play with a game-winning touchdown. If only Mahomes had looked his way. In the Chiefs’ final offensive play, with 10 seconds remaining, Rice was open on 1st down. But instead of passing the ball to him, Mahomes went for a more challenging option.

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He tried to pass it to Travis Kelce, who was in the corner of the end zone. Broken up by 49ers linebacker Fred Warner, that maneuver would’ve cost the Chiefs the win had it not been for Harrison Butker’s field goal. Needless to say, Rashee Rice wasn’t too happy with the missed opportunity, and he ensured Patrick Mahomes knew it.

In the quarterback’s defense, Mahomes was under pressure and running out of time. He needed to be quick with his decision. He chose to throw the ball to Kelce, and it didn’t pay off. Despite the tension between them, though, Mahomes and Rice were driven by their winners’ mentality. They got their heads back in the game in overtime and focused on winning Super Bowl LVIII. And that’s what they did!

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‘Comeback King’ Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs won Super Bowl LVIII!

The Red Army finally brought home the glory! They became the seventh NFL franchise with four Super Bowl wins. They joined the likes of the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Dallas Cowboys on the list. This astonishing moment happened when Patrick Mahomes found Mecole Hardman for a touchdown in overtime and led the team to a 25-22 win over the 49ers. This victory also gave Mahomes his third MVP win.

However, we can’t deny that the San Francisco 49ers played tremendously well. Their defense stood tall until the end, making it hard for the Chiefs to take the lead. Furthermore, kicker Jake Moody aided the 49ers to take the lead, 22-19, with his 27-yard in overtime. But, ultimately, every time the Chiefs needed to dig deeper to find something special, they did. And that’s precisely what made them Super Bowl champions for a second successive year.

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