Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was not a happy camper after Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, and he let everyone know it.
With his Chiefs trailing by three late in the game, Mahomes took a downfield shot to Travis Kelce, who threw it backwards to Kadarius Toney for what would’ve been the go-ahead score. Emphasis on would’ve been, as Toney was offside and the penalty erased the play. Mahomes was livid after the fact, as he berated the officials in the final seconds of the game, made the call a focal point of his postgame presser and even told Bills quarterback Josh Allen about it as the two shook hands.
Despite the less-than-pleasant interaction, Allen doesn’t seem too bothered by his fellow quarterback’s comments, and revealed that Mahomes contacted him to apologize.
“Yeah, he reached out to me and I was just like, it’s football,” Allen told reporters Wednesday. “It’s a game of emotion.
“I didn’t, I know he didn’t mean anything by it, and I know the cameras kind of caught the last few seconds of what we were talking about, but he’s an ultimate competitor. He wants to win and that’s why he is who he is.”
Mahomes has also apologized publicly for the incident, both for his general comments towards the officials and especially his interaction with Allen.
“Obviously, you don’t ever want to react that way,” Mahomes said earlier in the week. “I care, man. I love this game, I love my teammates. I want to go out there and put everything on the line to win. But obviously, can’t do that, can’t be that way toward officials or really anybody in life, so I probably regret acting like that.
“More than anything I regretted how I acted toward Josh after the game. He had nothing to do with it.”
Even if it came somewhat controversially, the Bills improved to 7-6 and potentially saved their season with the win in Kansas City.