“All’s well that ends well” appears to be the stance of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on the viral altercation between him and Travis Kelce. The coach addressed the ordeal after the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl LVIII.
The star tight end went viral for the wrong reasons after Kelce angrily confronted Reid on the sideline during the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Chiefs trailed 3-0 against the 49ers early in the second quarter and got deep into Niners territory after a 52-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes. But with the Chiefs facing 1st-and-goal to start the very next series, running back Isiah Pacheco fumbled and lost possession to San Francisco.
Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid Addresses Travis Kelce Incident
Kelce, who was on the sideline when the fumble occurred, demonstratively let Reid know that he should have been on the field.
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The mood was, of course, lighter after the Chiefs pulled off the comeback win in overtime to seal their third Super Bowl victory over the last five seasons. A jovial Reid was asked about the incident involving Kelce, which the the Chiefs coach saw a mere show of passion from the All-Pro tight end.
“They’re passionate players,” Reid said, via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. “I love that, even if they chest bump me to the other side of the 50. I appreciate it. I just love that the guy wants to play and wants to be in there playing.”
The Ends May Have Justified The Means For The Kansas City Chiefs
It would have been interesting to hear Reid’s assessment of the scene had the Chiefs lost instead. But that question can only be answered when the multiverse opens up where 49ers kicker Jake Moody’s PAT wasn’t blocked and there was no overtime to begin with.
Love or hate the sideline flare-up, Kelce was undeniably effective on the field. The Chiefs star led all receivers with 93 receiving yards on 9 receptions. He didn’t score a touchdown but made big play after big play to keep the Chiefs’ hopes alive when things got dire.
Perhaps Kelce isn’t the same player if he didn’t have the fire inside him to berate his own future Hall-of-Fame coach during a Super Bowl. Whether fans (and Swifties) overlook the moment or not, it appears like Chiefs coach Reid isn’t going to hold a grudge against his top tight end.