Travis Kelce was mic’d up, told teammates which routes would be open on game-tying drive

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Most viewers were shocked by how quickly the Chiefs moved into field goal range to force overtime after the Bills took a lead with 0:13 left in Sunday’s playoff game. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce wasn’t surprised at all.

In fact, Kelce was wearing a microphone for NFL Films, and the footage shows that Kelce knew exactly what was going to work against the Bills’ defense. It took the Chiefs only two plays to get into field goal range, and on both of them, Kelce told his teammates in advance what was going to happen.

Before the first play, Kelce approached Tyreek Hill on the sideline and told him that the Bills would be in man coverage, and that Hill should fake that he was going to the outside and then come back inside, and Kelce would be in front of him blocking.

“They might man you up,” Kelce told Hill. “I’m saying go outside and come back in like you’re running a route outside. That way when you come back in, I can get in the way.”

Sure enough, Hill got the ball on the inside and Kelce was in front of him blocking.

During the timeout before the next play, Kelce approached Patrick Mahomes on the sideline and told him that if the Bills’ defense lined up the way they were expecting, that would mean Kelce would be open on a seam route.

“They play it like that, that seam is open,” Kelce told Mahomes, even though the seam was not the route Kelce was supposed to run as the play was drawn up.

As they lined up for the next play, Mahomes looked at the Bills’ defense, turned toward Kelce and yelled, “Do it Kelce! Do it Kelce!”

Kelce ran up the seam, caught the ball and ran into field goal range.

When Mahomes saw the NFL Films footage, he wrote on Twitter, “Lol i told y’all this man is crazy.” Crazy like a fox.

32 responses to “Travis Kelce was mic’d up, told teammates which routes would be open on game-tying drive

  1. When the other team’s players on tge field are outsmarting your DC, it’s time to find a new DC.

  2. McDermott said the Bills failed to execute. Sounds more like KC knew exactly what the Bills planned to do before the play, thats a coaching problem.

  3. Just the way Kelce spoke to Mahomes and Hill shows all those dudes share the same brain. Just great, they only have about 15 years left in a division with my Broncos that are about 15 years behind them, sheesh!

  4. He seems like a knucklehead off the field, but i think that’s more of a show. The guy is a football player. Has been all his life. So is his brother in Philly. Sometimes its hard for us “keyboard quarterbacks” to realize it, but when guys eat sleep and breathe football for 2 decades, it almost becomes a second language to them

  5. As a Bills fan, this was a death match. It does suck, and I do believe the coin flip was the game, but there is no denying that the Chiefs Took advantage of an opening and deserved the win.

  6. This goes with the Dwight Gooden story.. certain players will get calls at certain times from a play that no one knows where it came from. They’ll know where the defense will be and what route to run. Just let like “let down” play to help Tommy boy out by Ramsey. Nfl is truly the WWE. But people will choose not to believe if their team is still in

  7. Kelce also switched who would be covering him on the last play of the game, preferring the shorter, slower LB. Watch the tape.
    Turns out the Hill giving the peace sign wasn’t the reason the Bills lost.

  8. What kind of spying schemes were in place to get Kelce this information? Launch Arrow-Gate investigations!

  9. Man I love it. Sounds like they’re out their playing good ol backyard or street football just making up plays on the fly. Screw the playbook

  10. This is what Aikman was talking about when he made his comments on the Cowboys failure on offense. He stated (paraphrasing) an example He and Irvin would discuss what route would work on certain defender and they would do it and nowadays it’s all about the Offensive Coordinator’s scheme and they don’t want players to deviate from the play call.

  11. Speaks volumes about both Frazier and McDermott. Other than the OC, Bills coaches failed Josh Allen, big time.

  12. This isn’t something special. Guys are paid millions of dollars to win football games. I expect them to study enough film and be prepared enough to be able to make predictions like this and execute them.

  13. bmorepositive123 says:
    January 26, 2022 at 8:18 am
    He seems like a knucklehead off the field, but i think that’s more of a show. The guy is a football player. Has been all his life. So is his brother in Philly. Sometimes its hard for us “keyboard quarterbacks” to realize it, but when guys eat sleep and breathe football for 2 decades, it almost becomes a second language to them

    Travis Kelce isn’t really a knucklehead, though he does make it look that way. He has started a STEM program in Kansas City for underprivileged youth, including buying office space, equipment, hiring staff, and establishing a full program to help kids.

  14. calkcfan says:
    January 26, 2022 at 8:58 am
    Kelce also switched who would be covering him on the last play of the game, preferring the shorter, slower LB. Watch the tape.
    Turns out the Hill giving the peace sign wasn’t the reason the Bills lost.
    ……………………………………………………………………
    The Bills SCORED on the next drive???? Would someone please explain how the 15yd taunting penalty would have changed anything?

  15. We’ve all heard the phrase “he’s like a coach on the field” but it usually refers to a QB or a leader on the D. To have one at TE, especially a guy as talented as Kelce, and Mahomes on the field together is absolutely insane. So glad these guys are on my team.

    Cannot wait for this weekend to see the Chiefs punch their ticket to the Super Bowl!

  16. A 15yard taunting penalty would have forced the Chiefs to kick an extra point 15 yards farther back than the one they kicked.

  17. Sounds to me like Kelce is a pretty smart guy.
    He understood the Bills defense and took advantage of it.
    Thats what you want in a great player.

  18. Kelce might make a good offensive coordinator when his playing days are over.

  19. acemagee45 says:
    January 26, 2022 at 8:45 am
    But George Kittle can block!

    ********************

    Too funny. You, sir, are today’s winner on the interweb.

  20. 13 seconds is Entirely on the Bills! NOBODY should ever get that yardage in that situation without there being a colossal F*** UP! The Bills literally handed their victory to the Chiefs.

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