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NFL overtime rules debate resurfaces after Chiefs defeat Bills

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the Kansas City Chiefs won the coin toss in overtime and marched down the field to defeat the Buffalo Bills 42-36, Bills quarterback Josh Allen sat on the sideline.

It’s a feeling his divisional round quarterback-counterpart Patrick Mahomes knows well.

In the 2018 AFC Championship, the Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots the same way, with Mahomes on the sideline watching Tom Brady march the length of the field and score a touchdown, ending the game on the first possession of overtime.

“Yeah I mean it worked out well for us this time. Whenever you got two teams going back and forth like you’re going, it kind of stinks that you don’t get to see the other guy go, but I’ll take the win this time,” Mahomes said. “Obviously, it hurt me last time. All you can do is play the way the rules are explained and that’s what we did today.”

Overtime rules have been a debate amongst NFL analysts and fans for a long time and after the incredible four quarters of football that the Chiefs and Bills played, ending it in one possession in overtime has resurfaced calls for a rules change.

After their overtime loss in 2019, the Chiefs actually submitted a proposal to change the rule and give both teams an opportunity to score, regardless if the team that won the toss scored a touchdown on their first drive.

The proposal was voted on by team owners and was not adopted.

“The rules are what they are. I can’t complain about that because if it was the other way around, we’d be celebrating too,” Allen said. “It is what it is at this point. We just didn’t make enough plays tonight.”

A coin toss can be the deciding factor in the outcome of a football game, but without the league adopting a change, it is a result that fans will continue to see and debate about.

Mahomes and the Chiefs will now host the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship on Sunday.

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Chiefs LB Willie Gay Jr. arrested for misdemeanor Wednesday night

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — According to the Johnson County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay Jr. was arrested Wednesday night on misdemeanor criminal damage charges.

The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Gay was booked into the Johnson County Detention Center early Thursday morning.

FOX4 will update this story with charging details soon.

It is unclear if he will be available for the Chiefs home playoff game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The 23-year-old is in the midst of a breakout season for the Chiefs playing in 12 games and bringing down two interceptions. Gay missed Super Bowl LV after being place on injured/reserve.

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Arrowhead Stadium fireworks can't keep up with Chiefs explosive offense… again!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs offense showed so many fireworks on the field Sunday night, that they ran out of them for celebrating touchdowns!

“Chiefs fan, we are sorry to report but, due to your support and the Chiefs continually finding the endzone, we have run out of touchdown fireworks. Please direct all of your complaints to your nearest fans first booth,” read the message on the big board to fans at Arrowhead.

After going down 7-0 in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chiefs went on to score 42 points, exhausting the stadium’s supply of pyrotechnics.

This is not the first time Arrowhead Stadium has been in this situation.

In Kansas City’s Super Bowl run in the 2019 season, the Chiefs came back from a 24-0 deficit at home against the Houston Texans.

The Chiefs rattled off seven consecutive touchdowns, eventually scoring 52 points causing the firework crews to run out.

After that game, the Kansas City Royals released a video on social media where Sluggerrr finds extra fireworks and shares them with KC Wolf.

The Royals re-published that video after Sunday night’s win asking, “Hey Chiefs, need us to send Sluggerrr on another fireworks run?”

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Kansas City police warning of possible ticket scams for Chiefs playoff game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department has important information for anyone going to the Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday, especially for people who are traveling to the city from out of town.

“We just worry that that they may present people with an opportunity to take advantage of that situation,” Sgt. Jake Becchina said Thursday.

Becchina wants to make sure fans use caution before they buy tickets.

“Absolutely. Yes,” Becchina said when asked if people ever call them saying they’ve been scammed.

Becchina said the Economic Crime Section of KCPD investigates these situations all the time. He hopes to keep this crime at a minimum, especially if there are a number of home games.

“If somebody is the victim of that, we ask them to make a police report,” Becchina said. “Sometimes, it may be frustrating. You may think, ‘Oh nothing’s going to be done about it,’ but it is a documentation. It will get investigated. Our Economic Crime Section will get that case assigned.”

Becchina hopes fans buying tickets from outside the Chiefs use a reputable site.

“If you’re buying from us online or buying from us over the phone, you’re getting our best price in essence. The price is the price,” Tickets for Less Director of Sales and Service Carson Brackney said Thursday.

Brackney said the only thing you’d pay extra money for on his website is a sales tax, but for a local game like the one on Sunday, that’s not even the case.

“For a Kansas City event, there wouldn’t even be an additional fee structure,” he said.

KCPD said not to post pictures of your tickets online, especially the barcodes, because those can be easily stolen.

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Register today for the 2022 Pittsburg Polar Plunge

PITTSBURG, Kan. – It’s time to register for the Pittsburg Polar Plunge 2022!

This year’s theme is #PolarOpposites. It’s at the Crimson Villas in Pittsburg on Saturday, February 12.

You can register as an individual, family, group or even register to plunge virtually.

Proceeds from the event benefit Special Olympics Kansas athletes.

Participants can pay the entry fees or fundraise to cover the amounts. Every dollar you earn for the events will keep more than 4,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities on the playing field throughout the year.

When you register for the Plunge online you can create your own fundraising webpage to share with friends and family through email and on social media!

Entry for the Polar Plunge is $75.

Contests

  • Best Costume – individual and group
  • Top Fundraising – individual and group
  • Team with Most Participants

Event Wrap:

  • When: February 12, 2022
  • Where: Crimson Villas (1904 S Rouse St, Pittsburg, KS 66762)
  • Why: Benefit Special Olympics Kansas athletes

For questions about this event, contact Erin Fletcher at fletchere@ksso.org or 620-404-9750.

KOAM, FOX14, The 4-States CW and MeTV are proud to be sponsors of this year’s Polar Plunge.

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Steelers fan, Instagram model doubles down after taking shot at Brittany Matthews, Jackson Mahomes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pittsburgh Steelers fan, sports reporter and Instagram influencer Amanda Vance took to social media after her team’s blow out loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday and took a shot at quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ fiancé and brother.

Vance said Chiefs fans were messaging her directly after the game and she responded by posting a picture of Brittany Matthews and Jackson Mahomes on her Instagram story with the caption, “Talk your crap in my DMs KC fans, but you have to deal with this for the next 15 years.”

Vance then posted a snapshot of an article discussing her original post to her Instagram feed and captioned it with “I mean… am I wrong?”

Matthews and Jackson are active on social media on Chiefs’ game days with the pair always being seen together to cheer on the Chiefs quarterback.

Jackson has had his fair share of controversy this season at road games, including pouring water on opposing hecklers at the Baltimore Ravens game and dancing on the late Sean Taylor’s number during the Washington Football Team game.

Jackson apologized for both instances and on the latter, said that he and other VIPs were told to stand on top of the number painted onto the sideline.

As of this writing, the pair have not responded to the social media influencer who has over half-a-million followers on Instagram.

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Chiefs take control of AFC West, begin chase for No. 1 seed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The about-face of the Kansas City Chiefs from their 3-4 start to their seven-game winning streak can be traced to the abrupt turnaround of their defense, and that in turn can be traced to the arrival of defensive end Melvin Ingram.

Turns out he’s doing more than making tackles and pressuring the quarterback, though. It was Ingram who correctly called the pre-game coin flip against his former team Thursday night, then did the same trick at the beginning of overtime. That gave the Chiefs the ball, and Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce did the rest, driving for the winning touchdown in a 34-26 victory that kept them in first place in the AFC West.

Some KOAM Predictions

JOPLIN, MO. (KOAM) – KOAM Anchor Dowe Quick and Meteorologist Doug Heady had some predictions ahead of last night’s game. Looking back on that, someone was right. They recapped it on KOAM News this evening. You can watch it below.

#MadPropsDoweQuick

Post Game Excitement

“It’s kind of crazy. Until the moment has ended, you’re just tunneled in on the game plan,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the win. “Then when it’s over, you go, ‘Whoa!’ If I could jump, I would jump with excitement.”

Moving Forward for the Chiefs

(AP) The Chiefs (10-4) are now a half-game ahead of New England and Tennessee, both of whom play this weekend, for the best record in the AFC. Perhaps more importantly, they now have a two-game edge on the Chargers (8-6) in the division race, and they wiped out the tiebreaker the Chargers had by virtue of their victory in Kansas City earlier this season.

Team Effort

(AP) It was a comprehensive team effort, too.

That suddenly stingy defense held Justin Herbert to 236 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception. They forced a fumble near the goal line late in the game, holding Los Angeles to 4 for 7 in the red zone. And they stopped the uber-aggressive Chargers three times on fourth down, including a couple times near the goal line.

On offense, Mahomes merely threw for 410 yards and three touchdowns. Kelce had a career-best 191 yards receiving along with the tying touchdown in regulation and the winner in overtime. Tyreek Hill added 12 catches for 148 yards and another score. And the Chiefs did just enough on the ground to keep the Chargers honest on defense.

“We didn’t win those games kind of at the early part of the year,” Mahomes said, “but we always had the confidence that we knew we had the guys in the locker room to win them. I think we’re still building on trying to become great, but I think we got the guys to do it, so I’m excited for these last few weeks and the playoffs. “

Now the Chiefs turn their attention to a tough finish. They play Pittsburgh the day after Christmas in their regular-season home finale, then head to Cincinnati and Denver, giving them three straight games against wild-card contenders.

WHAT’S WORKING

The Chiefs have learned to deal with defenses that sell out to avoid allowing the big play, putting together long drives that ultimately serve the same purpose. It hasn’t been an easy adjustment for Mahomes, who loves nothing more than throwing the deep ball. But by taking what the defense gives them, the Chiefs’ offense is showing some newfound flexibility.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

The Chiefs were missing defensive tackle Chris Jones because of COVID-19 protocols. His absence in the middle of the line was a big reason the Chargers ran for nearly 200 yards, and why Kansas City didn’t produce a sack.

STOCK UP

Many folks were wondering whether the 32-year-old Kelce had lost a step. But his big night of big plays pushed him over 1,000 yards receiving for the sixth straight season, a record for both the Chiefs and NFL tight ends.

STOCK DOWN

Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson’s value has continued to plummet this season. He was targeted three times without a catch Thursday night, despite playing 68% of the offensive snaps. It was the third time in four games he did not have a catch.

INJURIES

The Chiefs are healthy when it comes to traditional injuries. But they lost Jones along with LB Willie Gay Jr. and WR Josh Gordon to the COVID-19 list this week. By playing on Thursday night, and staying away from the team facility for a few extra days, the Chiefs might have an advantage in avoiding the kind of larger outbreak affecting the rest of the league.

KEY NUMBER

7 — Mahomes had his seventh game with at least 400 yards passing and three touchdowns, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino for the most by a player in his first five seasons.

NEXT STEPS

The Chiefs get a little break before facing the Steelers on Dec. 26, then finish with the Bengals and Broncos. Pittsburgh (6-6-1) plays the Titans while division-rival Cincinnati (7-6) heads to Denver (7-6) this weekend.

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WATCH: Fire breaks out in Arrowhead parking lot, no one injured

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Fire Department said no one was hurt after grass fires started in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot after Sunday night’s game.

The fire department said they are not sure how, but fires started in two different spots and the high winds were helping fuel the fire.

“We prepare, train, and plan for many different scenarios like this one,” Jason Spreitzer, spokesperson for KCFD, said. “Our crews quickly addressed the fire and extinguished it. No injuries were reported.”

Winds reached over 20 miles per hour in the later hours of Sunday night after the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos 22-9.

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Several Joplin High School football players suspended from team activities

JOPLIN, Mo. — Several Joplin High School football players, including starters, have been suspended from team activities following an incident in the locker room on Thursday night.

The suspensions were handed out after the team participated in a prank appearing to single out one player. The incident was caught on video, and the team could be seen carrying out a group shoving match against the one player; the player also appeared to be struck in the face.

Joplin High School Athletic Director Matt Hiatt released the following statement to KODE:

“We are aware of an incident that took place at Joplin High School on Thursday evening. As we take all allegations very seriously, we are in the process of investigating the incident. Appropriate actions have been and will continue to be be taken. Law enforcement has been involved where appropriate.”

The suspended players sat out Friday night’s district quarterfinal matchup against Lee’s Summit.

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Chiefs set sights on third straight Super Bowl trip; here's what fans need to know

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs rebuilt their offensive line after their Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The biggest question now is whether it will protect quarterback Patrick Mahomes well enough to keep their offense singing.

If they can live up to expectations, and their defense is merely average, the Chiefs could be headed to a third straight Super Bowl in February.

But with a 17-game regular-season schedule, depth could also be a factor at several positions late in the season.

Here’s what Chiefs fans need to know and experts expect going into the new season:

New faces

LT Orlando Brown Jr., LG Joe Thuney, C Austin Blythe, DT Jarran Reed, RB Elijah McGuire, CB Mike Hughes, RB Jerrick McKinnon, TE Blake Bell, LB Nick Bolton, C Creed Humphrey, DE Joshua Kaindoh.

Key losses

LT Eric Fisher, RT Mitchell Schwartz, WR Sammy Watkins, CB Bashaud Breeland, TE Deon Yelder, DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, CB Antonio Hamilton, RB Damien Williams, DT Mike Pennel.

Strengths

The offense remains the biggest strength of the Chiefs and arguably the most dynamic unit on either side of the ball in the NFL.

Mahomes threw for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdowns and just six interceptions last season, and his three biggest weapons are back: TE Travis Kelce, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire and WR Tyreek Hill.

But the offense should be even better thanks to a completely reworked line. Not only are all five starters new, three players that started for Kansas City in its Super Bowl loss to the Buccaneers are now on the second-string unit.

Weaknesses

The Chiefs are relying on young CBs L’Jarius Sneed and Charvarius Ward to continue their development, though it helps their cause to have veteran safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Juan Thornhill on the field with them.

The Chiefs also need to pressure the quarterback better. They have moved DT Chris Jones to defensive end opposite Frank Clark, and he looked good coming off the edge during the Chiefs’ three preseason wins.

Camp Development

The biggest surprise of camp was that Mathieu did not sign an extension, even though both sides wanted to get it done. That means the three-time All-Pro is entering the final year of a $42 million, three-year deal.

Fantasy Player To Watch

Mahomes, Kelce, Hill — take your pick. Edwards-Helaire is also worth watching, especially if he remains healthy.

But an off-the-radar pick could be RB Jerrick McKinnon, who was brought in to provide depth and played well in the preseason. If Edwards-Helaire gets banged up again, look for McKinnon to provide a big fantasy boost.

FanDuel Says

Win Super Bowl: 5-1. Over/under wins: 12 1/2.

Expectations

The Chiefs watched the Buccaneers run roughshod over their offensive line in the Super Bowl, so they quickly dismantled the front five and rebuilt it from the ground up.

LT Orlando Brown Jr. has been a Pro Bowl pick, LG Joe Thuney was the best guard on the free agent market and three first-year players — C Creed Humphry, RG Trey Smith and RT Lucas Niang — have already played beyond their years in preseason action.

If they can continue to develop, and the defense is merely average, they should have their sights set on a third straight trip to the Super Bowl.