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Patrick Mahomes expressed regret Monday for his reaction Sunday to the offensive offside call on Kadarius Toney that negated a go-ahead touchdown in the Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 14 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Specifically, the Chiefs quarterback said he regretted his anger when embracing Bills quarterback Josh Allen during a postgame handshake.
“Obviously you don’t want to react that way,” Mahomes said during a radio interview on 610 AM in Kansas City. “I mean I can, man. I love this game. I love my teammates. I want to go out there and put everything on line to win. But obviously you can’t do that, that way towards officials or anybody in life. I probably regret acting like that. But more than anything, I regret acting that way towards Josh (Allen) after the game because he had nothing to do with it.
“I was still hot and emotional, but you can’t do that, man. It’s not a great example for kids watching the game. I was more upset about that than I was about me on the sidelines.”
Chiefs' Reid: Toney was offside, but refs usually give warning
Mahomes and coach Andy Reid expressed frustration with the officiating after Sunday’s loss, with Reid describing the late offensive offside call as “a bit embarrassing for the National Football League.”
“Another game we’re talking about the refs,” Mahomes said after the game. “It’s not what we want for the NFL. It’s not what we want for football. Let us play the game. Then whatever happens happens.”
Mahomes nearly won the game on the final drive by throwing a 25-yard pass to tight end Travis Kelce, who then lateraled the ball back to Toney for the score. But officials said Toney was lined up in the neutral zone before the ball was hiked and threw the flag. The Chiefs then turned the ball over on downs, ending the contest with a 20-17 loss.
Mahomes slammed his helmet on the ground and multiple teammates had to hold him back as he shouted toward the field in the final minute following the call. Mahomes can be heard saying the offensive offside was the “wildest f—— call I’ve ever seen” while embracing Allen after the game. He can also be heard muttering that the call was “f—— terrible” in video clips circulated on social media.
Mahomes later said Kelce’s play was “a legendary moment” ruined by the call that did not impact the play result. Reid said officials have typically given the sideline warning before calling a penalty like the one called on Toney.
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Referee Carl Cheffers addressed the call after the game, saying the down judge saw that Toney’s “alignment was over the ball and that’s what he ruled on the field.” Regarding Reid’s comment, Cheffers said that if a coach or receiver looks for alignment advice, officials will give it to them, but “ultimately, they are responsible for wherever they line up.” Toney did not check with the down judge before the snap, something the player normally does, Reid said Monday.
“And certainly, no warning is required, especially if they are lined up so far offsides where they’re actually blocking our view of the ball,” Cheffers said. “So, we would give them some sort of warning if it was anywhere close, but this particular one is beyond warning.”
On Monday, Reid acknowledged that Toney lined up offside, but also reiterated his assertion that officials typically warn coaches before throwing a flag for those types of violations.
“You see it on both sides (of the ball),” Reid said Monday. “Whether it’s a defensive end lining up in the neutral zone sometimes or that. You just give the head coach a heads up and, in our case, we tell ’em.
“And then if they get called … listen … you were warned. That’s how it’s worked over the years and that’s what I was really trying to get across.”
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