In a pivotal moment watched by the entire NFL community, Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s untimely drop of a wide-open touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes II left the Kansas City Chiefs trailing late in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Unsurprisingly, social media exploded with reactions to the colossal mistake by “MVS,” a player plagued by dropped passes throughout the season.
Tyreek Hill, former Chiefs wide receiver, expressed his shock with a simple emoji immediately after the play, encapsulating the sentiments of Chiefs Kingdom.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, oh no.pic.twitter.com/U44nDAjOtV— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 21, 2023
However, Hill wasn’t the sole voice condemning MVS for the critical error. Tennessee Titans star DeAndre Hopkins emphasized, “That drop hurt them big,” while former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III exclaimed, “YOU CAN’T DROP THAT!!!!”
Former Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz added his perspective, stating, “Omg had that in his hands too hahaha. What a perfect way to end the game. Been talking about the WRs all year and back to back huge drops, one which would’ve given the lead and the other would’ve kept the game alive.”
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Former ESPN host Trey Wingo offered a thoughtful post-game analysis, noting, “2 red zone turnovers.. a league-high 26 drops. The only team that can beat the Chiefs.. is the Chiefs.”
Indeed, if not for a Mahomes red zone interception, a Travis Kelce red zone fumble, and a series of drops, the Chiefs would have easily triumphed over the Eagles.
Despite a strong defensive start and contributions from the special teams unit, the offense collapsed, paving the way for a Philadelphia comeback led by Jalen Hurts and D’Andre Swift.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling trying to enter the Chiefs practice facility tomorrow— K (@KentrelUTD) November 21, 2023
Sports Illustrated NFL insider Albert Breer highlighted the pivotal moment when DeVonta Smith made a catch that Marquez Valdes-Scantling couldn’t, ultimately proving to be the difference in the game.
Regrettably, the Chiefs fell to a 7-3 record for the year. Despite Mahomes’ commendable efforts, throwing for 177 yards and contributing two passing touchdowns, the rainy night in Kansas City negatively impacted his passer rating (71.6) and Total QBR (42.4), lowering his season totals.
Chiefs Kingdom Jokes About MVS Cut After Brutal Drop
It’s evident that this will be Valdes-Scantling’s final year in KC, barring a significant pay cut on his end.
With a current cap hit of $11 million, higher than any other Chiefs WR, and a potential $14 million hit in 2024, releasing MVS next spring could save Kansas City $12 million—a seemingly obvious decision for general manager Brett Veach given his performance this year.
Chiefs fans and media took to social media to express their frustration and agreement with this sentiment.
KC radio host Alex Gold called MVS’s performance “disgusting,” stating, “MVS serves no purpose if he can’t catch these. Perfect pass.”
A-to-Z Sports Kansas City’s Charles Goldman echoed the sentiment with a quote from NBA commissioner Adam Silver, suggesting MVS should “get ready to learn Chinese.”
Fans shared memes and clips, humorously speculating on MVS’s future, while the veteran wide receiver, visibly frustrated, slammed his helmet into the hallway wall after the game.