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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes speaks during a news conference following an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. The Bills won 20-17 (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The New England Patriots got a day of rest on Sunday, following their 21-18 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. But there plenty of action around the NFL. This included a battle of AFC contender between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills prevailed 20-17 in one of the most entertaining games of the NFL season. However, bother franchises managed to tarnish the excitement of the game with some embarrassing behind.

Buffalo Bills Celebrate Sean McDermott

In the victorious locker room after the game, Bills head coach Sean McDermott gave a celebratory speech. McDermott came under fire this past week when old comments of his resurfaced. McDermott had addressed his team in 2019, attempting to give them a speech on the importance of togetherness. He referenced the 9/11 attacks as an example of everybody being on the same plan and executing their game plan.

But Buffalo’s coach was not citing the New York Fire Department, New York Police Department, or other first responders in his speech. McDermott used the terrorists who carried out the attacks as the inspiration that he was hoping his team modeled themselves after.

McDermott said he regretted using 9/11 as an example. However, he could have cited 9/11, but used the examples listed above if that was his prerogative. He stated, “My intent in that meeting that day was to discuss the importance of communication and being on the same page with the team.” Somehow the people he felt were good examples of the people who carried out the 9/11 attacks. Needless to say, the comments from the head coach of the only team that plays home games in New York were not well received.

So after their huge victory over the Chiefs, the Buffalo Bills decided to celebrate Sean McDermott. Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane handed McDermott the game ball. Beane exclaimed as he handed the ball to McDermott:”Tough fcking week. We got this man’s back. We got your fcking back.” Umm, okay.

Patrick Mahomes Berates Officials

For a moment it appeared as though the Chiefs had taken the lead late in the fourth quarter of the game. In one of the most exciting plays of the season, Kansas City reached the end zone with an improbable lateral. All-Pro TE Travis Kelce caught a pass from QB Patrick Mahomes at the Bills 32-yard line with 1:22 remaining in regulation. When it appeared Kelce was about to get hit at the 20-yard line, he turned and thew a beautiful spiral across the field to WR Kadarius Toney.

Toney took it the rest of the way, high stepping into the end zone with the go-ahead score. However, the touchdown was called back when it when Toney was flagged for lining up offsides. Review showed that it was clearly the correct call. Kansas City failed to do anything after the score was called back, and Buffalo prevailed.

Patrick Mahomes let the officials know his displeasure about the penalty for the rest of the game. After slamming his helmet on the sideline, he continuously berated officials for their correct call. At one point it appeared he was near tears while screaming at the referee.

Postgame Comments

Patrick Mahomes had an opportunity to regain his composure before meeting with the media. A review of the penalty would have made it clear it was the correct call. Letting emotions get the best of him in the moment is understandable and excusable. However, the Chiefs QB opted to continue complaining.

“Not only for me, but for football in general. To take away greatness like that,” said about his frustration with the call.

“I know as fans you want to see the guys on the field decide the game.” The guy on the field did help decide the game, by lining up over the line of scrimmage.

“They’re human man, they make mistakes,” Mahomes said of the referees while attempting to sound diplomatic. But in this instance, the referee did not make a mistake.

“Another game we’re talking about the refs, it’s not what we want for the NFL, for football.” Yet it was Patrick Mahomes who had brought all of the attention to the refs. If Mahomes is concerned that talking about refs was bad for football, why was he continuing to make them the focus on and off the field?

Unfortunately, the behavior of both franchises after a great game left at least one onlooker scratching his head.

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Fun Fact of the Day

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Tweet of the Day

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