“Let Us Play, Man”: Patrick Mahomes Makes an Emotional Appeal to NFL Referees After Travis Kelce’s Stunning Play Bites the Dust

Published 12/11/2023, 12:48 AM EST

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During the intense ChiefsBills matchup, a controversial call overshadowed what could have been a game-changing play tonight. Initially, Travis Kelce’s stunning lateral to Kadarius Toney led to a thrilling touchdown. This could’ve potentially tilted the game in the Chiefs’ favor. However, the celebration was cut short as officials penalized Toney for being offside, resulting in criticism from the likes of Patrick Mahomes as well as HC Andy Reid.

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The penalty erased the score and contributed to the Chiefs’ 20-17 defeat. The aftermath of this call was evident in Patrick Mahomes‘ postgame press conference. His words and expressions vividly conveyed his frustration. The comments he made during the presser have caused a stir on the internet.

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After the match, Patrick Mahomes openly shared his frustration during the post-game press conference. His major focus remained on a decisive penalty call. Mahomes emphasized his belief that the outcome of games should be left more to the players, rather than being influenced significantly by the referees, and passionately stated, I [would] rather let us play, man, like let us play the game.

Patrick Mahomes further elaborated, “Then, whatever happens happens, like throwing the flag and deciding the game one or another. That’s what hurts you.” He expressed a desire for a game where the teams’ efforts and skills are the primary factors in determining the winner and emphasized that players practice all week to win their games, and naturally, they want it to be about their team.

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Because of this situation, a broader discussion emerged about officiating’s impact in key moments of the game. Not to mention, even the Kansas City Chiefs HC, Andy Reid, didn’t hesitate to share his opinion on it.

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After a contentious offside call that negated Kadarius Toney’s touchdown, Coach Andy Reid joined others in the organization in expressing his displeasure. Addressing reporters, Reid pointed out the lack of a prior warning.

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When asked about the team’s performance, he said, “We’re getting better. I mean, we’re still right in the hunt there so it’s not like you know, the bottom of all on. We were playing a little better than we were a couple of weeks ago so that’s a positive thing.” He further added, “What’s disappointing, you know, that when somebody’s going to sleep good tonight and a lot of guys aren’t.”

Andy Reid further emphasized that a warning is usually customary in such situations. Later, he also expressed how this oversight led to an embarrassing scenario for the league. He humorously mentioned not having a protractor to measure the exactness of the call.

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This sentiment of frustration and disbelief echoed throughout the Chiefs’ team. What do you think about this? Let us know below.

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