The Kansas City Chiefs are mad. They did their best to hide it last night, but to little avail. We could all see how annoyed they are.
One player let his frustrations slip though, Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs star running back - the best in the league - blamed the officials after the teams loss against the Arizona Cardinals.
Blame the Refs
Charles was exceptional again for the Chiefs, but despite the fact that he had over one hundred from scrimmage - as well as two touchdowns - the Chiefs succumbed to a 14-17 loss.
The Chiefs saw two key calls go against them in Sunday’s loss and running back Charles wasn’t shy about pointing the finger in the direction of the officials after the game.
“The reason why we lost is the refs didn’t go our way,” Charles said.
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Anthony Fasano had a 19-yard scoring reception called back when Cardinals defender Larry Foote fell to the floor with what looked to be a complete flop. Drew Stanton then threw an interception on the very next play and the Cardinals' scored the go-ahead touchdown on the resulting drive.
Flop and Fumble
Fasano said after the game that the ref told him he had "blocked" Foote and provided no argument when it was suggested the defender flopped on the play.
"I don't flop. That's not my game," Foote said to AZCentral.com, defending himself. "He cracked me. He hit me in the side of the head and I fell."
Then, with the Chiefs driving into scoring position trailing by just three with over five minutes of the 4th quarter remaining, refs used a video review to rule that Travis Kelce fumbled on the 23-yard-line.
The ball did move as Kelce went down to the turf, but it appeared he kept control and was down by contract, only losing the ball after he rolled over on the ground. Somehow the video refs found enough evidence to overturn the call despite no-one at home or on tv seeing the same.
Charles is justified in his anger towards the officials. Two very poor decisions went against his side last night and they could prove incredibly costly when it comes to the final playoffs standings.