Josh Allen Says Patrick Mahomes Apologized For Outburst

By Jason Hall

December 13, 2023

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen revealed that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes personally reached out to him to apologize for their postgame interaction in which Mahomes vented his frustrations after a loss.

A video shared by WROC-TV sports director Thad Brown showed Mahomes embracing Allen and referring to an offensive offsides call against the Chiefs as "the oddest f*****g call I've ever seen."

Allen acknowledged that Mahomes apologized for the comments but said it was unnecessary as he understood his situation.

“He reached out to me,” Allen told reporters in a video shared by Brown who -- not Allen -- referred to Mahomes' actions as a "lack of class" in his X account post on Wednesday (December 13). “I’m just like, ‘It’s football; it’s a game of emotion.’ I know he didn’t mean anything by it. I know the cameras kind of caught the last few seconds of what we were talking about. He’s an ultimate competitor. He wants to win. That’s why he is who he is.”

Mahomes also publicly showed remorse for his actions while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.

“Definitely emotion talking when I was talking to Josh at midfield,” Mahomes said, via video from the Chiefs. “To lose the football game, a tough football game, in a tough way. . . . But I let it go on too long. He had nothing to do with it. Just show better sportsmanship and tell him great game and kind of keep it moving.”

Wide receiver Kadarius Toney was flagged for being offsides, which negated a would-be touchdown in which tight end Travis Kelce caught a pass from Mahomes and then threw a backward lateral to Toney. The Chiefs would've gone ahead 24-20 with the touchdown and a successful PAT, but instead lost 20-17, extending their losing streak to two games.

Mahomes was seen on the sideline yelling and slamming down his helmet after the drive concluded.

"It’s obviously tough to swallow. Not only for me, but just for football in general, to take away greatness like that, for a guy like Travis to make a play like that. Who knows if we win? But I know as fans, you want to see the guys on the field decide the game," Mahomes told reporters after the game.

Last week, the Chiefs lost 27-19 to the Green Bay Packers in a game that ended on an incomplete Hail Mary pass. The play resulted in no flag being thrown despite a Packers defender touching Kelce in the back as Mahomes threw the pass.

"They’re human. They make mistakes. It's every week, we’re talking about something," Mahomes told reporters after Sunday's loss to the Bills via USA TODAY. "... It's the call. Just in that moment. It's not even for myself or for me. I know how much everybody puts into this game. For it to happen, a flag change the outcome of the game.

"In that moment, I've played seven years and never had offensive offsides called. That's elementary school. We talk about, you point to the ref, do all that different type of stuff and it doesn't get called. If it does, they warn you. There was no warning throughout the entire game. And then you wait until there's a minute left in the game to make a call like that? It's tough, man. Loss for words, it's just tough. Because regardless if we win or lose, just for it to end with another game, we're talking about the refs. It's not what we want for the NFL and for football."

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