It seems Chiefs coach Andy Reid has heard the infamous story of Bengals kicker Evan McPherson watching last year’s Super Bowl halftime show.
Perhaps that’s why Reid issued this warning to Chiefs players at Super Bowl 57: stay inside the locker room at halftime, or ride the bench for the remainder of the game. So it’s unlikely Kansas City players saw much — if any — of Rihanna’s much-anticipated performance.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who won Super Bowl MVP honors with three passing touchdowns on a bum ankle, relayed Reid’s threat in a Monday appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”:
Story: #Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes revealed that Andy Reid threatened to bench any KC player who left the locker room to watch the Rihanna’s halftime show 😲 pic.twitter.com/uiQ7GnGWex
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 14, 2023
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Mahomes didn’t specify when Reid issued the warning to players, but it’s unlikely it came during halftime at State Farm Stadium. Kansas City faced a 10-point deficit at the half, the first time the team had trailed all postseason. Whether the Chiefs had 100 percent attendance in the locker room is unknown, though Kansas City did go on to become only the second team in Super Bowl history to erase a double-digit halftime deficit in a win.
In fairness to McPherson — whose decision to watch Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and others at SoFi Stadium was “a real sore subject” with his special teams coach — it didn’t affect his play against the Rams in Super Bowl 56. Indeed, he finished the postseason with 100 percent accuracy on both field goals and extra points, kicking one apiece after watching the show (the Bengals still lost, falling 23-20 to the Rams).
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What McPherson did ultimately worked out for the best, even in a loss. But it’s clear Reid wasn’t going to take that chance, even if it were just a kicker skipping the meeting. Ultimately it was Harrison Butker — who missed a first-half field goal — who nailed the game-winner with seconds on the clock, giving the Chiefs the 38-35 win.
That victory is certainly worth more than watching Rihanna live in concert, no matter how long it has been since she performed live. Besides, they can just watch it on replay after the fact.