Patrick Mahomes Frustrated with Outcome
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes expressed his frustration with the officiating following his team’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. Mahomes was particularly upset about a controversial penalty that negated a potential game-winning touchdown.
“It’s tough to swallow,” Mahomes said. “Not only from me and football in general, to take away greatness like that, for a guy like Travis [Kelce] to make a play like that, you want to see the guys on the field decide the game. They’re human. They make mistakes. But every week, we’re talking about something.”
Mahomes believed that the penalty, an offensive offsides call, was unwarranted given the circumstances of the game. He argued that there was no warning issued throughout the entire game and questioned why such a call would be made in the final minute.
“Another game, we’re talking about the refs. It’s not what we want for the NFL. It’s not what we want for football,” Mahomes added.
Andy Reid Addresses Controversial Call
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid also weighed in on the officiating controversy surrounding the game. He acknowledged that there was no communication between Mahomes and the sideline regarding his alignment prior to the penalty being called.
“Normally, he looks over to the sideline and just gets an OK, and on that one, he just happened not to, so that would be the coaching point,” Reid said. “Make sure you check with the guy on the side just to see if you’re aligned. He’s not lining up offsides on purpose.”
Randi Mahomes Raises Issue with Officiating
Randi Mahomes, Patrick’s mother, also expressed her dissatisfaction with the officiating. In a tweet, she commented on a play where a Bills defender forcefully removed her son’s helmet, with a simple “No comment.”
The Mahomes family’s frustration with the questionable calls and overall officiating has sparked a debate about the impact of referees on the outcome of games. The Chiefs, their fans, and even some neutral observers are calling for greater consistency and transparency in officiating to ensure fair competition.