In the first half of Super Bowl LIV, the Kansas City Chiefs faced a tough challenge from the San Francisco 49ers. Travis Kelce was particularly frustrated that he wasn’t on the field for a pivotal red-zone play early in the second quarter. He grabbed head coach Andy Reid on the sideline and screamed in his face.
Kelce had been Mahomes’ favorite target through two previous Super Bowl wins, and was considered one of the most dangerous red-zone weapons in football history. However, at that point in Sunday’s game, he hadn’t logged a catch. The Chiefs had driven to the 49ers’ 9-yard line on a 52-yard pass from Mahomes to Mecole Hardman, but Kelce wasn’t in the game on that play. Instead, tight end Noah Gray was blocking. The Chiefs attempted a run play for Isaiah Pacheco, who fumbled and resulted in a turnover. With that, Kansas City’s best chance to score was squandered.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, they were able to rally and tie the game at 19-19 late in regulation time with Patrick Mahomes leading a walk-off touchdown drive capped by a pass to Mecole Hardman to secure their third Super Bowl victory in five years. Kelce finished with nine catches for 93 yards, including a first-down conversion in the red zone that set up the game-winning touchdown.
Afterwards, Kelce seemed much happier and more relaxed about what had happened earlier in