In the AFC championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens, the result wasn’t the only storyline sticking around after.
A brewing feud between star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker unfolded, injecting unexpected drama into the clash of titans.
The controversy unfurled in the moments leading up to the highly anticipated matchup at M&T Bank Stadium when Mahomes, accompanied by tight end Travis Kelce, found himself entangled in a peculiar incident with Tucker during their warm-up routine.
Mahomes with calculated intent, repeatedly kicked Tucker’s ball holder out of the way, and Kelce took it a step further by clearing a path for the Chiefs quarterback.
Tucker, known for his poise and professionalism, initially downplayed the incident, attributing it to harmless banter.
According to him, kickers routinely warm up in both end zones to familiarize themselves with the stadium and prevailing conditions.
However, Mahomes perceived Tucker’s actions as intentional, aiming to disrupt the Chiefs’ preparation.