The Kansas City Chiefs locked up a 2020 playoff berth with a 22-16 home win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. However, Chiefs Kingdom may have gotten the most enjoyment out of Travis Kelce’s postgame interview with NBC’s Michelle Tafoya.
The All-Pro tight end appeared to forget which AFC West opponent he was playing, which led to a hilarious troll job of the Las Vegas Raiders — made even better by a surprise on-camera celebration from Patrick Mahomes.
“We’ve just got to finish strong,” said Kelce after Kansas City’s Week 13 win. “Hats off to the Raiders. They’ve done an unbelievable job the past two games of presenting a challenge on third downs and in the red zone. It is what it is. We’ve got to keep fighting…”
Next week the Chiefs play the Jaguars… I mean, Dolphins. pic.twitter.com/ebda5Nw7HX
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) December 7, 2020
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Coincidentally enough, the Raiders barely survived a fight from the winless New York Jets on Sunday afternoon after dropping their past two contests to the Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, respectively. Jon Gruden’s club needed a 46-yard bomb from Derek Carr to Henry Ruggs III in the final 13 seconds of regulation to secure a 31-28 road victory and avoid falling to .500 on the year.
DEREK CARR TO HENRY RUGGS FOR THE LEAD 😱
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 6, 2020
Twitter Reacts to Kelce’s Clever Commentary
Naturally, Kelce’s unintentionally funny remarks drew some attention from media and fans on Twitter immediately after the game, including ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Sarah Spain.
Travis Kelce postgame on NBC: “Hats off to the Raiders.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 7, 2020
THE (PROBABLY) UNINTENTIONAL SAVAGERY https://t.co/QJ6NX4OSKo
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) December 7, 2020
Kelce just said "hats off to the Raiders" and I am dead
— Cody Tapp (@codybtapp) December 7, 2020
Kelce: I mean hats off to the Raiders.
— Jessica Eley (@JessicaEleyTV) December 7, 2020
— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) December 7, 2020
Kelce confirmed his blunder in a postgame reply to Spain, writing that “playas mess up too,” which even drew a laugh from NBA superstar LeBron James.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 7, 2020
After the Raiders gave the Chiefs another run for their money in Week 11, Kelce made a surprising admission after catching the game-winning 22-yard touchdown, calling his opponent “the best Raiders team I’ve played since I’ve been in the league.”
Despite burning Las Vegas’ defense for 16 receptions, 235 yards and 2 touchdowns in as many games, his respect for the Raiders has been clearly documented, further suggesting Sunday’s trolling was merely accidental.
Kelce Explodes for Another 100-Yard Game
The Chiefs’ eighth-year playmaker continued his torrid pace in Week 13 after hauling in 8 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown on the Broncos defense, including this fierce second quarter stiff arm. Kelce’s primetime performance marked his sixth 100-yard showing this season and fourth over the past five games.
The league’s most productive tight end now has 82 receptions, 1,114 yards and 8 touchdowns in 12 games and became the first tight end in NFL history to record five 1,000-yard campaigns.
Kelce is now just 264 yards shy of breaking the all-time single-season tight end yardage record (1,377) set by San Francisco 49ers star George Kittle back in 2018. With Kelce averaging 92.8 yards per game to date, he’s currently on pace to make history in Week 16, a post-Christmas home date with the Falcons.
With 7,579 career receiving yards, the 31-year-old also moved into 10th place all-time for receiving yards by a tight end on Sunday night, surpassing former San Francisco and Washington standout Vernon Davis (7,562).