Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes has not been a happy camper as of late. The two-time Super Bowl MVP went off on the sideline following a dropped pass from his wide receiver Kadarius Toney, which led to an interception.
The defending Super Bowl champions took on the New England Patriots on Sunday (Dec. 17) and held a 17-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Mahomes threw Toney a short pass, which the latter juggled and could not gain full possession of. The play ended with Patriots linebacker Jahlani Tavai securing the interception.
The 28-year-old stormed over to the bench and went on an angry rant loaded with expletives. The Patriots made the most of that turnover by scoring a touchdown on their subsequent drive, cutting the Chiefs’ lead to just 10 points with over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs ultimately held on and won the game 27-17, improving their record to 9-5 but adding more doubt to their chances of returning to the Super Bowl.
Mahomes’ frustrations were compounded by the fact that Kadarius Toney made a huge mistake in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Sunday (Dec. 10). With two minutes left in the game, Mahomes threw a pass to his superstar tight end Travis Kelce, who then lateraled the ball to Toney for a huge gain ending in a touchdown. However, the play was called back as the referee penalized the Chiefs for Toney lining up in the neutral zone, which warranted an offsides.
Mahomes called out the referee after the game for allowing the matchup’s result to be decided by the referees and not the players. The officials came out and revealed Toney never checked his positioning with them, which is standard practice at all levels of organized football for wide receivers.
The Chiefs are third in the AFC with a 9-5 record but have struggled to get there and suffered upset losses to the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, and Green Bay Packers. Offensively, they are lacking in the wide receiver department and not performing like the powerhouse that they have been over the last several years. These mistakes by Toney only heighten the frustrations they’ve endured all season.