'Flop of the Year:' Patriots flagged for phantom foul on Patrick Mahomes


Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes stars on the gridiron and has baseball in his blood -- but apparently he has some acting skills as well.

Mahomes was frequently on the run throughout the Chiefs' 26-10 win over the Patriots on Monday night, a game that was closer than the final score would indicate.

The all-world QB was forced to tuck the ball and run in response to the Patriots' effective defensive schemes, which appeared to confound Mahomes and stymie the explosive Chiefs offense in the process.

And on at least two such plays, Mahomes went down along the sidelines in such a way that he was obviously trying to exploit officials' tendency to protect quarterbacks.

Simply put, Mahomes was flopping in hopes of drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty against New England -- and in one case, it worked.

Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise was flagged early in the fourth quarter on a short Mahomes scramble that was suddenly turned into a 17-yard gain thanks to the penalty.

The play helped fuel a Chiefs touchdown drive that extended their lead to 10 points. The Patriots' first offensive play after the ensuing kickoff was a pick-six, all but sealing the game.

Mahomes' first dive came earlier in the night, after he escaped pressure deep in his own backfield and scampered up along the sideline for about an 8-yard gain. The 2018 MVP tried to bait Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, but he wasn't falling for it. Nor did the officials.

Taken in total with a highly controversial non-call on an apparent Mahomes interception, it sure felt like the Chiefs superstar got the benefit of the doubt on a couple crucial whistles.

The flops turned heads on social media.

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