Chiefs criticized the officials for the penalty that forfeited the touchdown

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Chiefs criticized the officials for the penalty that forfeited the touchdown

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid spoke out against the decision that prevented a late score against the Bills

For the second week in a row, a frustrated Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were left “talking about the refs,” this time after an offsides call against wide receiver Kadarius Toney dropped what could have been an epic finish against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The penalty nullified a 49-yard touchdown that featured a full-field lateral pass from tight end Travis Kelce to Toney. The play would have given the Chiefs the lead with a minute left.

However, they lost the ball on the field after a penalty and lost 20-17 for their second straight loss.

Patrick Mahomes said that a wide receiver is usually warned before receiving an offsides penalty. He said Toney was never warned.

“I’ve been playing seven years (and) I’ve never been called for an offensive offside,” Patrick Mahomes said. “That’s elementary school stuff we talk about. There’s no warning during the whole game. So you wait until there’s a minute left in the game to make a call like that? It’s hard. It’s speechless. It’s hard. Even if we win or lose, it’s the end of another game and we’re talking about officials. This is not all we want for the NFL and football.

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“What you want as a competitor is to practice all week to go out and try to win, and you want it to be about your team and that team and see what happens. You don’t want to talk about it things after the game. I’m not worried if there’s a penalty against the next player or anything. I want to go out and play, then see what happens at the end, see what the score is, then I’ll live on results.”

Patrick Mahomes was visibly upset on the sideline, yelling at the officials about the call as the Bills ran out the game clock after recovering the ball. He said he asked three different referees about the call and never got an answer.

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In the postgame report, referee Carl Cheffers said referee Mike Carr saw Toney line out of position.

“Ultimately, they are responsible for where they line up,” Cheffers said. “There’s no need for a warning, especially when they’re lined up so far offside that they’re blocking our view of the ball.

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“We give them a warning when they’re around, but this particular one had no warning.”

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid also noted that neither he nor any of the Chiefs receivers were warned about any of his players being offsides, and said the penalty was “a little bit embarrassing that happened. ” in the National Football League.

The work of the officials was also an issue in the Chiefs locker room after last week’s 27-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers, as was an apparent pass interference penalty against the defender covering wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling of Kansas City was not punished. in the final moments of the game.

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“For a guy like Travis to make a play like that … who knows if we’re going to win, but I know as fans you want to see guys on the field decide on game, and that’s why I didn’t say anything last week. about the penalty.” “Andy Reid said on Sunday. “They didn’t punish Márquez. They are human. They were wrong. But every week we talk about something.”

Still, Patrick Mahomes called the play Kelce made “a legendary moment.”

“That’s something only a couple in the world think of doing,” he said. “For him to make that play in that moment, catch the ball, make a couple of guys miss tackles and throw the ball across the field to the other guy and score a touchdown in that moment, I hope that they’re going to show it (the game) when. he’s going to the Hall of Fame, because that’s a legendary moment that we never got to witness.”