KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It wasn’t the only mistake the Chiefs made in the Super Bowl rematch, but Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s drop near the end of the Monday Night Football game was glaring.
On 2nd and 10 from midfield with under 2 minutes left in the game, Patrick Mahomes lofted a pass 50 yards downfield to a streaking Valdes-Scantling.
It hit the wide receiver squarely on the hands and bounced off as he went to the ground.
NFL fans and even current and former NFL players weighed in on social media giving their thoughts on what could have been the game-winning catch.
Valdes-Scantling himself posted on X Tuesday morning about the crucial drop.
“I’m grateful, I’ll be better,” he wrote. “And I appreciate the criticism and the support. God put this on me because he knew I could handle it. Gratitude for everything that comes with it.”
In fairness to MVS, he wasn’t the only Chief dropping passes. Even touchdown scorers from Monday night’s game Travis Kelce and Justin Watson had late-game drops.
“I don’t think it’s just me and the receivers,” Mahomes mentioned after the game.
“I think offensively we’re just not where I’d want to be at this point in the season. That’s everybody, and it starts with me. I have to make better throws at certain times, we have to continue to move the ball down the field and just be more consistent thoroughly throughout the game.”
Mahomes biggest mistake came in the first quarter on a poorly thrown ball to Justin Watson that got intercepted.
“They know I’m going to keep firing it, that’s just who I am,” the quarterback said.
“I’m going to fire it to the guy who’s open and usually they’re going to make the play. It happens, I mean I threw an interception in the Red Zone, if I (had) just flagged J-Wat (Justin Watson) off, so that (MVS drop) didn’t just lose the game, I mean a lot of stuff happened throughout the game and so you just have to keep firing.”
In true Mahomes fashion, he placed the blame mostly on himself.
“They came up and they forced us to throw the football and we didn’t answer the bell,” he said. “I didn’t make good enough passes in certain situations and we have to prove that we can do both.”
Mahomes’ favorite target also fumbled away a crucial possession, again in the red zone, when Kelce let go of a pass he caught late in the 3rd quarter.
“I’ve got to be better,” Kelce said. “I’m just not playing up to the level I have in the past. I’ve got to be better.”
The Chiefs currently rank last place in the NFL in 2nd half points. They also rank the top of the league in dropped passes, a real contributing factor to the lack of offensive production this season.
The KC defense on the other hand has kept them afloat and has them still sitting as the favorite to come out of the AFC West. The defensive line dominated at the point of attack most of the contest against a PFF top-five Eagles offensive line.
“Defense is keeping us in games and if we can find a way to just get a little better as an offense, we’ll win a lot of these games,” Mahomes said.
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Former Chief wideout Tyreek Hill came to MVS’ defense on X right after the drop happened posting, “Everybody thinking that catch easy at night in them lights.”
Former Eagles receiver who played under Andy Reid in Philadelphia expressed that he would have made that catch, even at 36 years old.