Justin Tucker Dec 12, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates after kicking a field goal during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Before Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs even got underway, emotions were already running high.

As Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was looking to get warmed up on the same side of the field as the Chiefs, Kansas City tight end Tavis Kelce tossed Tucker’s ball and helmet to the side.

NFL Network’s James Palmer captured the whole thing on video.

To Tucker’s credit, he didn’t seem too bothered by it. There’s a good chance he chose to go warm up directly next to them on purpose in the first place.

Mahomes also added to the situation by kicking Tucker’s tee away.

There was another incident between the teams, as well, with a couple of Chiefs and Ravens players getting in a brief shoving match before it was broken up.

While the incident between Mahomes, Kelce, and Tucket was mostly just gamesmanship on both sides, the shoving match between the two teams means it’ll be interesting to see if any chippiness or hostility carries over into the actual game.

At this time of the season with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, everything feels more impactful and elevated, including emotions. Both sides could be looking to send a message after what has transpired so far in the pregame.

[James Palmer]