It was a moment that will be remembered in Kansas City for years to come. From hands up in the air with excitement to hands behind their head with jaws dropped, the crowd held its breath as star quarterback Patrick Mahomes made a potentially game-winning pass.
On a second-and-10 from the Chiefs’ 49-yard line with 1:50 to play, Mahomes launched it out to a wide-open Marquez Valdes-Scantling. But fate had other plans, as Valdes-Scantling saw it bounce off his chest and hit the floor as he simultaneously did the same.
The crowd was left stunned into silence, even if it had been just short, the Chiefs would have had four plays at most to drive it home. But they never got close after that, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 in a game full of drops.
Valdes-Scantling was seen on camera frustrated as he headed to the locker room, slamming his helmet against the hallway. Mahomes pinned it on himself after the game, saying he “could probably have thrown it a little bit shorter.”
But maybe he’s right – Valdes-Scantling could have caught it without having to leap for it. Despite three targets on the night, Valdes-Scantling had no catches and fellow receiver Justin Watson also struggled with drops, hauling in five catches off 11 targets. Star tight end Travis Kelce also had a costly fumble in the red zone.
The Valdes-Scantling drop caused shockwaves on social media and here are some of the top reactions: Bill Barnwell tweeted that Valdes-Scantling has five drops on passes traveling 30+ yards since 2018 – nobody else has more than three. Fred Smith praised Valdez’s ability to catch passes from either of the best or second-best QBs in his career but noted that he’s never been good at catching them. Taylor Swift was inspired by this moment and wrote devastating lyrics about Marquez Valdes