I hate the Pittsburgh Steelers. But they flat out won the game. They out Chief-ed the Chiefs. They out possessed them, and dominated from 20 yard line to 20 yard line. However once they got in the red zone against the Chiefs' bend but don't break defense it did exactly that: Not break.
While it didn't break, it bent enough to allow 6 field goals. An NFL playoff record. The Chiefs bend but don't break defense did exactly what it's designed to do: not allow touchdowns. But it wasn't enough, as the Chiefs offense could only put up 16 points to the Steelers 18.
It pains me to say this because I actually like the Chiefs and Travis Kelce a lot (until this hardo video). I wanted them to knock out the Steelers. But bro you need to shut the f up and take your L like a man. Travis Kelce needs to grow up and watch the film because that "hold" is exactly why the Chiefs scored on the original 2 pt attempt. There's a lot of things you can blame this loss on and the refs are very low on that list, if they're even on it at all.
You want the refs to swallow their whistles, but in this situation I think they made the right call. It was a tough call given the situation but at the same point as an "unbiased" viewer you don't want them to not call a clear penalty on a play as big as this just because it's a 2 point conversion attempt.
As a former linemen (did I ever mention I played high school football?) I usually take the side of the O-line, I think that holding can be a bull shit penalty because it technically happens on every play, but when you watch it real time it looks like a hold to me. He hooked him and brought James Harrison to the ground. It was a hold that allowed Alex Smith to have enough time to get the pass off for the 2 point conversion.
Despite this tweet saying that he thinks the video makes it a bad call I think it just shows even more that Eric Fisher held. That style of block where he hooks the edge rusher around the neck is going to get called every time.
While it sucks that happened you cannot blame that play for why the Chiefs lose they game. Maybe Kelce should think about the idiotic unsportsmanlike penalty he had earlier in the game that killed one of the few good drives of the night for the Chiefs.
I get it post game you're upset. You should be. You just lost a hard fought NFL playoff game at home to a team you were favored to beat. You should be upset. I'd be worried if you weren't. But to blame the refs and say they have an agenda against you is just lazy and frankly not true. Other than that borderline holding call I can't remember a single moment from last night where you could blame them for the outcome. The refs didn't drop passes. You did. The refs didn't give up 170 rushing yards to Le'Veon Bell. Your team did. The refs didn't waste time outs that cost you a chance from getting the ball back. Your coach Andy Reid did. The refs didn't make a horrible Foot Locker reference to refs like it's 2003. You did.....Honestly to hear such a lazy, unfunny attempt at shit talk last night made my skin crawl. That's something kids in middle school say. If you're gonna bash the refs you need to do better than say they couldn't even work at Foot Locker.
Travis Kelce has nobody to blame but himself and his teammates for not showing up in the biggest game of their season. Not a ref for making the correct call.