The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-16 on Sunday in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. The game came down a two-point conversion that was waved off because of a penalty, and after the game, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce did not hold back his feelings.
With just under three minutes to go, the Chiefs scored a touchdown to pull within two points. They then seemingly tied the game with the two-point conversion. However, it was waved off when holding was called on left tackle Eric Fisher.
After the game, Kelce blamed the officials for the loss.
“For it to end like that, with the ref literally taking it out of our hands, that hurts,” Kelce said. “When refs want to take over the game and make it their own platform, there is nothing you can do about it. That wasn’t a hold on my guy Eric Fisher.”
Here is the play:
The Chiefs failed to convert on the second attempt, and the Steelers ran out the clock for the win.
Kelce said the referee who threw the flag on the two-point conversion should never be able to wear stripes again, even at a Foot Locker, where employees wear uniforms similar to those of football officials.
“Momentum was getting on our side, and then just get our jugulars ripped out because a ref felt bad for James Harrison falling on the ground,” Kelce said. “It’s ignorance. Ref number 51 shouldn’t even be able to wear a zebra jersey ever again. He shouldn’t even be able to wear it at f—ing Foot Locker.”
Here are Kelce’s full comments (via ESPN):