The Kansas City Chiefs offense was stuck in neutral early in Sunday’s Super Bowl, and Travis Kelce was not happy about it.
Amid a scoreless second quarter for the Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers, Kelce grabbed head coach Andy Reid on the sideline and screamed in his face.
Kelce appeared to be upset that he wasn’t in the game on a pivotal red-zone play early in the second quarter.
The Chiefs had driven to the 49ers’ 9-yard line on a 52-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman. On the next play, Kelce wasn’t in the game.
Tight end Noah Gray was instead on the field to block. The Chiefs dialed up a run play for Isaiah Pacheco, who fumbled the ball, resulting in a Chiefs turnover. With that, Kansas City’s first and best chance to score was squandered.
Kelce is one of the most dangerous red-zone weapons in football history. He has been Mahomes’ favorite target through two previous Super Bowl wins. At that point in Sunday’s game, he hadn’t logged a catch.
Mistakes from both sides saw points at a premium early Sunday, leading to mounting frustration. It added up to rare discord on the Chiefs’ sideline, with Kelce targeting his head coach.