The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs really don’t need the zebras doing them any favors on the field. As we saw in the first half of their season opener against the Texans, these Chiefs are fully capable of embarrassing their opponents.
Unfortunately for the Texans, they were on the wrong end of a horrible call late in the second quarter with Kansas City up 14-7.
It came in the form of what officials on hand at Arrowhead Stadum in Kansas City deemed a horse collar tackle by Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham on Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce.
#NFL officials seem to be in mid-season form. Horse collar? Come on. #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/GPWosPtqkN
— Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) September 11, 2020
It was just an atrocious call and set up the Chiefs for a chip-shot 29-yard field goal to take a double-digit lead into the half.
Those watching the game were having none of it.
Not a great call
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) September 11, 2020
Lol Cunningham was getting facemasked during the horse collar
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) September 11, 2020
— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) September 11, 2020
Kielce grabbed Cunningham’s face mask though.
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) September 11, 2020
Kelce facemasks Cunningham…which is never called…yet they call the defender for horse collar. #ChiefsKingdom #WeAreTexans
— Zig Fracassi (@ZigFracassi) September 11, 2020
Thaaaaat’s not a horse-collar tackle. It may be illegal per the NFL, but that’s not what that is.
— Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar) September 11, 2020
So , a horse collar no longer needs to be a horse collar. Another small step in the decline of football.
— howardfineman (@howardfineman) September 11, 2020
How is it a horse collar when the TE has firm hold of @ZCunningham_LB’s face mask? #Offensesellstickets
— Hunter Hillenmeyer (@hthill) September 11, 2020
So you don’t have to grab the collar for it to be a horse collar tackle? Ok
— Jerry Azumah (@JerryAzumah) September 11, 2020