Kansas City, Missouri – Referee Tony Corrente said the Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes It was “a little too controlled” as the reason the main play in Monday’s match against the New England Patriots was a sack rather than a confusion.
The Chiefs went on to win 26-10, but the play took place at a detour in the second quarter when the match was still in doubt. Kansas City led 6-3 at the time.
The referee allowed the Chiefs to chase from 35 with less than six minutes left at half-time, rather than having the Patriots seize depth at the end of the field in Kansas City. Replay showed Mahomes lost the ball before falling to the ground.
“While he was being controlled, other players were coming to him,” Corente said of Mahomis. “ And so, with those other players pressing him, the midfielder is close at hand, and his forward advance is considered to be paused when I feel the player’s safety is at risk.
“And that was the case in this case. So instead of letting him hit by a second and third player, we locked him down and considered him a way forward at that point.”
New England was unable to challenge the ruling that Mahomes’ advance forward had stopped.
“He called for progress and backed off,” said Patriots coach Bill Pelisik. “You can’t challenge that.”
Mahomes said he heard an early whistle during the play, which led him to believe that the play would be judged sack rather than confusion.
The Mahomes and the Chiefs weren’t vocal in attack until later in the match. The midfielder said postponing the match from Sunday to Monday after each team had tested positive for COVID-19 may have had an effect. Presidents, like the Patriots, were banned from their facilities on Saturday.
“You can still find ways to watch the movie and find ways [to] “He did things like that, but it’s clearly something we’re not ready for,” Mahoms said. “I didn’t do enough because we didn’t perform at a high enough level, couldn’t find players, and didn’t play very good football. But I thought I did everything I could to stay in tune with the game.
“I hope if this shows up again – which we hope it won’t – I will be able to do a better job.”