The Kansas City Chiefs nearly stopped Tom Brady.
Main 28-24 with 1:01 left on the clock, Enough.C. had the Unusual England Patriots in a third-and-10. Brady sailed a high pass to Take Gronkowski that deflected off the tight stop’s fingertips and turned into once corralled by Chiefs rookie corner Charvarius Ward, who held onto the ball prolonged enough for an interception sooner than fumbling it out of bounds. Enough.C. belief it had an AFC Championship-winning play.
However there turned into once a yellow flag on the self-discipline.
Referee Clete Blakeman launched Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford lined up in the neutral zone sooner than the play. Interception negated. The Patriots retained possession, selecting up five yards. On the next play, Brady hit Gronk deep for 25 yards to situation up a Rex Burkhead landing that gave the Pats abet the lead with 42 seconds left.
“… They acknowledged I turned into once in the neutral zone. I’ve got to glimpse the ball,” Ford acknowledged after the Chiefs’ extra time loss. “I’ve got to glimpse the ball. Particularly for the time being in that recreation and what turned into once at stake, I’ve got to glimpse that ball.”
The Chiefs would tie the recreation in regulation when Patrick Mahomes led a 31-2nd self-discipline plot force. After the Patriots received the coin toss heading into extra time, on the opposite hand, Brady led a landing force in opposition to the beleaguered Enough.C. protection for the protect. Mahomes never noticed the ball in extra time.
“Yeah, it turned into once very up and down,” Ford acknowledged of his feelings after the interception turned into once wiped away. “Now we earn got to be better. Me severely on that play, we have to be better in these video games. Each play counts.”
After the 37-31 extra time loss, Chiefs coach Andy Reid did now not put the loss on one play or one penalty.
“I’m proud of the vogue the fellows battled abet and put us in a space to protect the recreation,” Reid acknowledged. “Sadly, penalties change into a subject. Whether I deem they were questionable or now now not, they were there early. We had an interception precise on the stop to earn the recreation. (Ford’s) one in all the quickest out of doorways linebackers in the Nationwide Football League and so that they call him offsides. So I’m going to bewitch a watch at that, glimpse what it looks fancy. We gave ourselves alternatives to earn the recreation.”
Sadly for Reid, it turned into once Brady who performed off the recreation and the Chiefs’ spectacular season.