In Sunday’s Super Bowl, tight end Travis Kelce was visibly upset on the sidelines during the second quarter. The Kansas City Chiefs were struggling with their offense, and Kelce felt that he should have been in the game for a crucial red-zone play.
Kelce grabbed head coach Andy Reid and screamed at him, expressing his frustration about not being involved in the game. The Chiefs had advanced to the 49ers’ 9-yard line after a long pass from Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman. However, on the next play, Kelce was not on the field. Instead, tight end Noah Gray was in to block. This led to a run play for Isaiah Pacheco, who fumbled the ball and resulted in a turnover for the Chiefs.
The lack of involvement was clearly frustrating for Kelce, especially given his successful history as Mahomes’ favorite target in previous Super Bowl wins. The mounting frustration and rare discord on the Chiefs’ sideline were a result of both sides making mistakes early in the game, leading to points being at a premium.