Chiefs TE Travis Kelce addresses in-game spat with Andy Reid during Super Bowl LVIII

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Following the 25-22 Super Bowl LVIII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce addressed the in-game argument he had with head coach Andy Reid during the second quarter.

Kelce, who yelled at Reid, bumping him in the process, opted to keep things in house.

“Man, I’m gonna keep it between us. … I was just telling him how much I love him,” Kelce told Booger McFarland of ESPN.

With Kansas City driving into the red zone and threatening to score for the first time in the game, running back Isiah Pacheco fumbled the football and turned it over. Kelce was not on the field for the play, apparently drawing his ire. He was seen on the sidelines yelling at Reid, which happened after he had already thrown his helmet down in frustration.

Andy Reid gives his take on in-game incident with Travis Kelce

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes followed up on Kelce’s answer, saying that moment “speaks to the team that we are.”

“That moment right there, that speaks to the team that we are,” Mahomes said. “Everybody loves it. Everybody loves the game and wants to compete. And Coach Reid wants to compete. … That’s just the type of mentality we’ve always had and that’s why we win games like we did today.”

Reid later gave his perspective on what happened between he and Kelce.

“He wasn’t looking. He didn’t know I was gonna go that far,” Reid said. “So, after that he came over gave me a hug. Said ‘sorry about that.’ But you know what? He just wants to be on the field, and he wants to play. And so, there’s nobody I get better than I get him. He’s a competitive kid and you know, he loves to play, and he makes me feel young. You know, but my balance is terrible Booger.”

Kelce, after being nearly shutout in the first half, made quite the impact in the second half and in overtime. He finished the game with a team-leading nine receptions for 93 yards. The Chiefs defeated the 49ers, 25-22, to secure their second consecutive Super Bowl victory and third in the last five seasons.