The NFL is set to review Patrick Mahomes’ meltdown on Sunday after he questioned the officials and criticized them in a fit of rage in front of the cameras at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs quarterback was enraged by a controversial call that saw the officials flag receiver Kadarius Toney as offside – meaning his late touchdown was ruled out.
It meant the Chiefs lost 20-17 to the Bills – their third defeat in their last four games.
NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport posted on X: ‘While Patrick Mahomes’ post-game comments will be reviewed, his on-field yelling aimed at the refs before the game ended and then on-field comments while cameras were rolling and present may be more of an issue.’
When Mahomes returned to the sideline, he slammed down his helmet and had to be restrained by teammates as he appeared to yell at a referee, ‘We played our f***ing a**es off and you call offensive offsides!’
Patrick Mahomes was irate with the officials over a late call that cost the Chiefs the win
The refs called back a late touchdown because receiver Kadarius Toney (circled) was offside
His fury then spilled over onto the pitch as he embraced rival quarterback Josh Allen after the game had ended.
‘Wildest f***ing call I’ve ever seen,’ said Mahomes as he shook his head in disgust.
‘F***ing terrible,’ he added.
Mahomes then added further fuel to the fire in his postgame media conference.
He added: ‘It’s tough to swallow. Not only from me, and football in general, to take away greatness like that, for a guy like Travis to make a play like that, you want to see the guys on the field decide the game.
‘They’re human. They make mistakes. But every week, we’re talking about something… It’s the call. Just in that moment. Not for myself.
‘To have a flag change the outcome of the game. I’ve never had offensive offsides called. If it does, they warn you. There wasn’t a warning the entire game.
Mahomes’ fury with the officials was caught on a mic in an exchange with rival QB Josh Allen
The Chiefs quarterback said it was the ‘wildest f***ing call I’ve ever seen, f***ing terrible’
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‘And then you make a call like that in the final minute? Another game, we’re talking about the refs.
‘It’s not what we want for the NFL. It’s not what we want for football.’
The NFL has a long-standing policy against players and coaches calling the integrity of referees into question.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid could also face punishment after he called the officials ‘a bit embarrassing’.
The Chiefs appeared to be angry at the referees because they did not give them a warning that Toney was offside.
However, as former NFL referee John Parry told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, the call was correct and the onus is on Toney to check with the line judge.
‘His right foot is ahead of the ball and ahead of the center’s head, so he’s clearly offside,’ Parry said – adding that if Toney simply checked, then he’d likely make the adjustment.
Referee Carl Cheffers said after the game that while a warning is customary, ‘no warning is required, especially if they are lined up so far offsides where they’re actually blocking our view of the ball.’
More to follow.