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Chiefs' Andy Reid: 'I Probably' Gave Patrick Mahomes Wrong Play on Drive Before HT

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 31, 2022

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 30: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs will long lament a decision at the end of the first half of Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game.

With the chance to kick a field goal from the 1-yard line with five seconds remaining and take a 24-10 lead, the Chiefs instead called a swing pass to Tyreek Hill. But Hill was stopped short of the goal line, ending the half without netting Kansas City any points, and head coach Andy Reid acknowledged it wasn't a great call after the game. 

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"I probably gave [Mahomes] the wrong play," he told reporters

"I could have given him something better than that, where the play was open in the end zone," Reid added. "And then we wouldn't have had to go through that. I'll take responsibility for that one."

Reid believed the Chiefs could have gotten one more play in, even with only five seconds remaining:

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"We had enough time for another play."<br><br>Chiefs coach Andy Reid says they didn't consider kicking a field goal to end the first half. <a href="https://t.co/cbO4nbBxjr">pic.twitter.com/cbO4nbBxjr</a>

Had Mahomes taken a quick shot to the end zone, they may have had a chance to squeeze one more play out of the drive, in which case they might have settled for the field goal. But Mahomes' decision to go with the swing pass eliminated that possibility. 

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13

Mahomes has to just launch that through the end zone.<br> <br>That’s got nothing to do with Andy Reid and anyone who claims it does is grasping at narratives which expired two years ago.

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Got to throw that to the end zone. Andy Reid trusted Patrick Mahomes too much.

Granted, it wasn't the only opportunity the Chiefs blew in the game. On the last drive in regulation, Kansas City had a 1st-and-goal on the 5-yard-line with 1:30 remaining. But a one-yard run and two straight sacks pushed the Chiefs back to 26-yard-line and eliminated the chance for a game-winning touchdown. 

Harrison Butker's field goal sent the game to overtime, and the Chiefs won the toss. But a Mahomes interception on the third play of that drive gave the ball back to Cincinnati, and Joe Burrow promptly drove the Bengals into position for the game-deciding field goal. 

Those moments were the difference between the Chiefs going to their third straight Super Bowl and losing their second AFC Championship Game in the past four years. The duo of Reid and Mahomes has led the Chiefs to great heights, but on Sunday, a few questionable decisions cut Kansas City's title aspirations short.