Chiefs’ Marquez Valdes-Scantling drops go-ahead TD pass, smashes helmet in frustration

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The Kansas City Chiefs found themselves in an unfamiliar spot on Monday night – trailing by four points and in need of a touchdown to beat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Patrick Mahomes took the snap, cocked back and fired a home run pass to a wide-open Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The ball hit the receiver in the hands and then fell to the ground. The pass would have landed Valdes-Scantling in the end zone and given Kansas City the lead.

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling hits the ground

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs, drops a pass late in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 20, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)

Instead, Mahomes was flagged for intentional grounding on the next play. Then, his pass to Justin Watson for a first down was dropped. 

That was the theme of the night, as the Chiefs lost the game, 21-17.

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling drops a pass

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, #11, has a ball in his hands for a touchdown but cannot complete the catch in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs on Nov 20, 2023 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Valdes-Scantling was clearly upset with himself after the game. He was seen in the tunnel smashing his helmet against the wall. He did not have a catch on the night and was targeted three times.

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Mahomes put the blame on himself for the missed pass to Valdes-Scantling.

“I have no regret. I mean they triple-teamed Travis (Kelce) so I went to the guy that won down field and Marquez won, he just didn’t come away with the ball,” Mahomes said. “I probably could have thrown it a little short, he was that open so you just have to continue to get better and better.

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Patrick Mahomes throws

Patrick Mahomes, #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs, passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 20, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“Defense is keeping us in games and if we can find a way to just get a little better as an offense, we’ll win a lot of these games.”

Chiefs targets had 24 catches on 39 passes. Mahomes finished 24-of-43 with 177 passing yards, two touchdown passes and an interception.

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Kansas City fell to 7-3 with the loss. Philadelphia improved to 9-1.

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