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Travis Kelce, Chiefs Coach Andy Reid Address 2024 Super Bowl Meltdown

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Travis Kelce and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid are seemingly putting their heated sideline moment behind them after the team’s Super Bowl victory.

After winning the Sunday, February 11, game against the San Francisco 49ers, both Kelce, 34, and Reid, 65, were both asked about the now-viral confrontation, with Kelce hinting that he wanted to keep the details under wraps.

“Oh, you guys saw that?” he joked during a postgame interview. “I’m gonna keep it between us unless my mic’d up tells the world, but I was just telling him how much I love him.”

Reid gave an equally lighthearted answer while chatting with CBS panelists after the game. “He keeps me young,” the coach said of Kelce. “He caught me off balance. Normally I’d give him a little bit [back], but I didn’t have [my] feet under me.”

The incident occurred when Kelce was briefly taken off the field in the second quarter of Sunday’s game. Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco lost a fumble in the red zone, prompting Kelce to bump into Reid on the sideline, who stumbled backward as Kelce shouted in his face.


Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts at Head coach Andy Reid in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl LVIII on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Reid shed more light on what was said, acknowledging that Kelce’s passion for the game is one of his strongest attributes. “He was really coming over [and saying], ‘Just put me in, I’ll score. I’ll score.’ So, that’s really what it was,” he explained after the team’s victory, per ESPN. “I love that. It’s not the first time. I appreciate him.”

Travis Kelce and Chiefs Coach Andy Reid Address Super Bowl Sideline Clash

Travis Kelce #87 and Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs look on in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl LVIII on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Despite the chatter on social media — Kelce’s outburst was highly debated throughout the remainder of the Super Bowl — Reid asserted that the athlete’s behavior wasn’t “selfish.”

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“The part I love is he loves to play the game and he wants to help his team win. … As much as he bumps into me, I get after him and we understand that. He just caught me off balance,” he continued.

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Tammy Reid and head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Kelce sang his coach’s praises in a postgame press conference of his own, noting that his emotions got the best of him in the tense moment. “I didn’t care about my catches. … I wanted the score to be different,” he said. “Coach has asked us to speak our minds and I just wanted to let him know how much passion I had for this team.”

He went on to call Reid “one of the best leaders” he’s worked with, adding, “He’s helped me a lot … with channeling that emotion, with channeling that passion. I owe my entire career to that guy and being able to kind of control how emotional I get and just love him.”

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Travis Kelce #87 and Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs react after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 during Super Bowl LVIII on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Kelce gushed over being part of “one of the greatest teams of all time” after the milestone victory. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’ve been able to go through three times now and it gets sweeter and sweeter every time,” the athlete, who celebrated the win with girlfriend Taylor Swift on the field, told reporters. “You can call us a dynasty. You can call us whatever you want. I know what we’ve got is something more special than really what you’ve seen in the NFL.”

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