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Thursday night’s kickoff to the 2017 NFL season between the Patriots and Chiefs offered football fans a lot of highlights.
As nine-point underdogs, Andy Reid and his motley crew of Alex Smith, Travis Kelce, and Tyreke Hill took on Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s empire and made them look silly, with rookie running back Kareem Hunt shaking off an early fumble to shred the Pats defense to bits.
Outside of Hunt’s record-setting debut, one of the best highlights of the night came from Chiefs wide receiver Tyreke Hill, who showed off his speed with a 75-yard touchdown catch. After making the catch with no defenders in sight, Hill threw up a peace sign and finished his trot to the end zone, giving the Chiefs their first lead of the game.
You can watch the thrilling play here.
Possibly more impressive than the play itself is how it came to be called. As ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio noted, the playcall apparently came not from head coach Andy Reid or quarterback Alex Smith, but rather from Hill himself.
While taking questions after the game, Reid revealed that it was Hill who approached him with the play call, after giving credit to Smith and the whole offense for the win.
“Well, I give it to Alex and the receivers, that doesn’t happen a lot to this to team, to the Patriots, so it’s a tribute to the guys for making it happen,” Reid said. “Actually, Tyreek called the one that he ended up scoring on. He goes, ‘I think I can get him on this one,’ so we called it and he got him.”
As Reid said, Hill was right, and found himself open by a mile and with enough time to throw up the deuces before charging into the end zone.
The Chiefs beat the Pats by a final score of 42-27, with Hill finishing with seven receptions for 133 yards and a score.