While Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles came down to which team could make the last big play, the Monday night rematch came down to which team made the last mistake.
Kansas City led for most of the game, but allowed Philadelphia to stay close. With a touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth, the Eagles turned a 17-7 halftime deficit into a 21-17 lead. But Philadelphia couldn’t quite run the clock out, giving the Chiefs one more chance. Patrick Mahomes nearly made the Eagles pay dearly for it — but it wasn’t quite meant to be.
Facing a second-and-10 from its own 49 yard-line, Kansas City decided to go for the big play. Patrick Mahomes threw the ball deep to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who was wide open after running right by Philadelphia cornerback Bradley Roby. It looked like it would be a Chiefs touchdown or, at the very least, a first-and-goal from the one-yard line.
But Valdes-Scantling couldn’t quite come up with the ball cleanly. And as he fell to the ground, the ball bounced away for an incomplete pass.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling can't quite come up from this bomb from Patrick Mahomes.
Chiefs were that close to pulling out a late victory over the Eagles. pic.twitter.com/7xlkXd146k
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) November 21, 2023
That was Kansas City’s last real chance. Mahomes was penalized for intentional grounding on the following play, setting up a 4th-and-25. The Chiefs couldn’t convert that and turned the ball over to the Eagles, who took three knees to end the game.
As would be expected, Valdes-Scantling was frustrated after the play.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling was visibly frustrated leaving the field after the Chiefs' loss to the Eagles tonight.
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Others watching the game also reacted to the critical play.
Chiefs fans watching Marquez Valdes-Scantling drop the game winning TD
— Chombe (@Chombe1080) November 21, 2023
MVS HOW DO YOU DROP THIS 🤯🤯
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) November 21, 2023
— Packers Total Access- Clayton (@packers_access) November 21, 2023
Marquez Valdes-Scantling trying to enter the Chiefs practice facility tomorrow
— K (@KentrelUTD) November 21, 2023
While Mahomes and Travis Kelce have kept Kansas City’s offense going, the receivers have struggled this year, particularly with catching passes. It will certainly be a focus for the remainder of the regular season and into the playoffs.