When fans look back on the game, no play will stand out more painfully than the drop from Marquez Valdes-Scantling, which effectively sealed Kansas City’s fate.
On the Chiefs’ final drive of the game, Valdes-Scantling had cornerback Bradley Roby beat on a deep route down the middle of the field. Despite Patrick Mahomes putting his throw right on the money, Valdes-Scantling was unable to haul in the catch, as the ball bounced right off his hands.
It would’ve been a 51-yard touchdown reception to give Kansas City a lead with just under two minutes left in the game. Instead, the Chiefs were unable to convert on their next two plays, capping off a disappointing 21–17 defeat.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, oh no.pic.twitter.com/U44nDAjOtV— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 21, 2023
The wide receiver was fuming after his costly mistake and could be seen smashing his helmet against a Chiefs logo in the tunnel.
angry Marquez Valdes-Scantling pic.twitter.com/HJEG9vdOHG— GC (@ValverdeSZN) November 21, 2023
Per the ESPN broadcast, Monday’s game marked the sixth time this season in which Valdes-Scantling has dropped a pass of 30 or more yards. Additionally, Kansas City’s wide receiving corps leads the NFL with 26 drops.
Fans couldn’t believe Valdes-Scantling failed to haul in what looked like an easy touchdown catch, and they were vocal on social media.
He just cost the game Mahomes has absolutely no help from his receivers https://t.co/MSDAiht7cv— Exceed (@TBExceed) November 21, 2023
Idk how u let Tyreek Hill leave this team https://t.co/33tn5tUm6o— Hold The Mayo (@snowlikejonn) November 21, 2023
The air left my lungs until I saw that ball hit the ground https://t.co/H1o9vTM0Z5— jess (@OnlyPhanatics) November 21, 2023
Mahomes can't keep carrying scrubs. He needs better WRs. https://t.co/293KHHuZFU— JazzyJeffRealTalk (@JazzyJeffRealT1) November 21, 2023
Nobody beats the Chiefs like the Kansas City Chiefs https://t.co/Js8Qu8BIf5— Alex Scherer (@Alex_Scherer93) November 21, 2023
Pain. Pain. Pain. https://t.co/3YJb0j1uQF— Lexi (@lexiosborne) November 21, 2023