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Patrick Mahomes Takes Blame for Costly Incompletion on Potential Game-Winning Pass

Patrick Mahomes Takes Blame for Costly Incompletion on Potential Game-Winning Pass

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Patrick Mahomes addressed reporters after the Chiefs’ disappointing loss to the Eagles on Monday night, and he was asked about wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s costly drop late in the fourth quarter of the game.

Valdez-Scantling’s drop effectively erased a 51-yard touchdown pass, which would’ve seen Kansas City take the lead with less than two minutes left in the game. Despite a painful missed opportunity, Mahomes refused to throw his teammate under the bus. 

Rather than put any blame for the mishap on Valdez-Scantling, which Mahomes would probably have been justified in doing, the quarterback took accountability for the play, suggesting he could’ve thrown the ball a bit shorter.

“We just didn’t come away with the ball. I could probably throw the ball a little bit shorter. He was that wide open,” said Mahomes of the play in his postgame press conference. “You just gotta continue to try and get better and better…”

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 Chiefs receivers lead the NFL in drops this season, and despite his throw being well within the reach of Valdes-Scantling, Mahomes took ownership for the shortcomings on the play, suggesting he could’ve put the ball even closer to his target.

Mahomes completed 24-of-43 passes for 177 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Monday’s loss. It marked the third consecutive game in which Kansas City has failed to score a single point in the second half. The Chiefs are now averaging an NFL-worst 5.3 points per game in the second half.

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Karl Rasmussen

Published: 2023-11-21 06:42:48

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