Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce was furious with head coach Andy Reid during the team’s Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Despite driving to the 49ers’ 9-yard line on a 52-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman, Kelce wasn’t in the game for a pivotal red-zone play early in the second quarter.
Kelce grabbed Reid on the sideline and screamed in his face, expressing his frustration over not being included in the play. The Chiefs had already missed an opportunity to score when they dialed up a run play for Isaiah Pacheco, who fumbled the ball and resulted in a turnover. With that, Kansas City’s best chance to score was squandered.
Despite his outburst, 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 yet due to mistakes from both sides. The tension led to rare discord on the Chiefs’ sideline as Kelce targeted his head coach.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, they rallied to tie the game at 19-19 late in regulation time and forced overtime. In overtime, Mahomes led a walk-off touchdown drive capped by a pass to Mecole Hardman that secured a 25-23 win for Kansas City and their 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 winning touchdown.
Afterwards, Kelce apologized to Reid and expressed his gratitude for his support throughout their journey together. “He came over and gave me a hug,” said Reid of Kelce postgame. “I think he just wanted to make sure I knew how much he appreciated our success together.”