The Chiefs linebacker admitted he was at fault for lining up offside on a play late within the fourth quarter of Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Patriots that might have value Kansas Metropolis a visit to Atlanta for Tremendous Bowl 53.
“That was a chance for the entire metropolis of Kansas Metropolis to make historical past,” Ford stated, by way of the Kansas Metropolis Star. “It’s what it’s on the finish of the day. I’ll take it on the chest, and I’m going to make use of it as motivation. Sloppy soccer on my finish on the finish of the day, whether or not it’s six inches, nevertheless many inches I used to be offside.”
Ford’s penalty negated an interception by Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward with 54 seconds to play because the Chiefs held a 28-24 lead. Had the decide not been overturned, Kansas Metropolis may have run out the clock.
As an alternative, the Patriots scored and the Chiefs kicked a area objective to ship the sport to additional time. New England received the coin toss, and ultimately the sport, 37-31.
In complete, Ford tallied two offside and two neutral-zone infractions this season.
“He did have a fantastic season,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid stated. “He was doing the whole lot potential to attempt to get to the quarterback. Like I stated, it wasn’t however by a couple of inches. I assumed it was legit. He was — it seemed like on the angle of our digital camera, no less than, that he might need been off by a tad.
“Usually, you’re warned and the coach is warned when someone is doing that earlier than they throw it a recreation of that magnitude. However they did (throw the flag), and he didn’t waste any time doing it. He didn’t wait till the interception to throw it. He had his hand on his flag proper from the get-go, so he noticed on his angle and felt that that was the decision.”