Kelce took it too far in his confrontation with Reid.
LAS VEGAS — Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce ran down the sideline and bumped coach Andy Reid as he screamed at him during the second quarter of Super Bowl LVIII.
It was a jarring scene as Kelce yelled at Reid, who wasn’t looking at him and stumbled when Kelce made contact. Reid, 65, regained his balance and pointed Kelce away from him as running back Jerick McKinnon intervened by pulling Kelce out of the confrontation.
Kelce’s eruption came after the Chiefs wasted a scoring opportunity when running back Isaiah Pacheco fumbled at the 49ers’ 9-yard line.
Kelce paced on the sideline with his helmet off after the issue with Reid.
The 49ers went into halftime up 10-3 on the Chiefs. Kelce had one catch for one yard.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 11 of 13 passes for 123 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions for a 106.1 passer rating in the first half.
After the game, Kelce and Reid downplayed the incident.
“I was just telling him how much I love him,” Kelce said.
Reid attributed it to Kelce’s passion and him adamantly wanting to be in the game. He laughed it off as a non-issue.
“He caught me off balance; I wasn’t watching,” Reid said. “It was a cheap shot, but it’s alright. He did good. He was really coming over to tell me, ‘Put me in. I’ll score. I’ll score.’ That is really what it was. Well, I love that. I mean, it’s not the first time, so listen, I appreciate it.”
He added, “[Kelce] was a little emotional today. I have five kids, so I get how that goes. The part I love is he loves to play the game and he wants to help his team win. I mean, it’s not a selfish thing. That’s not what it is. And I understand that. As much as he bumps into me, I get after him. And we understand that. He just caught me off balance.”