It was a drop heard all throughout Kansas City.
From hands up in the air with excitement to hands behind their head with jaws dropped in a split second.
On a second-and-10 from the Chiefs’ 49-yard line with 1:50 to play, star quarterback Patrick Mahomes aired it out to a wide-open Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a potential game-winning moment. Instead, Valdes-Scantling saw it bounce off his chest and hit the floor as he simultaneously did the same.
The crowd was stunned into silence. Even if he had been just short, the Chiefs had four plays at the maximum to drive it home.
Valdes-Scantling was seen on the broadcast frustrated as he headed to the locker room, slamming his helmet against the hallway.
Mahomes pinned it on himself after the game, saying he “could probably have thrown it a little bit shorter.”
Maybe he’s right, so Valdes-Scantling wouldn’t have had to leap for it. But Valdes-Scantling cradled it into his chest. He just couldn’t bring it all the way down. The 29-year-old had no catches on the night despite three targets.
Fellow receiver Justin Watson also had unfortunate drops, hauling in five catches off 11 targets. Star tight end Travis Kelce had a costly fumble in the red zone, too, the closest Kansas City got to scoring position-wise in the second half.
But the Valdes-Scantling drop had the NFL world dazed on social media. Here are some of the top reactions: