The Kansas City Chiefs just didn’t have it in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday evening. Pro Bowl defensive lineman Chris Jones and Co. came out flat. It didn’t get much better as Tom Brady and the Buccaneers picked it up on offense.
The end result was an humiliating 31-9 loss for a Chiefs team that entered the game as “road” favorites against Tampa Bay.
Of course, there was some drama during the game. The first half saw Kansas City’s defense called for multiple questionable penalties — each one leading to a Buccaneers touchdown.
Speaking about that after the game, Jones pretty much placed all of the blame on the officials on hand at Raymond James Stadium Sunday evening.
Kansas City Chiefs star Chris Jones blames officials for blowout loss in Super Bowl LV
“I mean, penalties cost the game either way,” Chris Jones told reporters, via Pro Football Talk. “Only the referees can call the penalties. So the penalties affect the game 1,000 percent. What can I say? We had a lot of penalties called on us today.”
The Pro Bowl defensive tackle then took it one step further.
“I was very surprised. This is the Super Bowl. Usually you let the guys play, especially in the biggest game of the year,” Jones said. “Penalties can change the game.”
The Chiefs lost by 22 points. They didn’t score a touchdown. Their star quarterback threw two interceptions. But of course, it’s all on the officiating.
Interestingly enough, we did not hear a whole bunch from the San Francisco 49ers after Chris Jones and his Chiefs came back to win in last year’s Super Bowl. That game included some questionable calls against San Francisco. It’s a football game. The human element is involved. Blaming the officials is a major cop-out.
This really doesn’t paint Chris Jones in the best of lights. You lost by more than three touchdowns. Take it like a professional and move on.