If there is a way to handle defeat in the biggest game of the year, Chris Jones chose the wrong way to go about it.
The Chiefs Defensive lineman said in his post-game press conference that the Chiefs received nine penalties, and the Bucs only had two. He wasn’t exactly right on the numbers, but he was close.
The Chiefs committed 11 penalties for 120 yards during the loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
“I mean, penalties cost the game either way,” Jones said. “Only the referees can call the penalties. So the penalties affect the game 1,000 percent. What can I say? We had a lot of penalties called on us today.”
“I was very surprised. This is the Super Bowl. Usually you let the guys play, especially in the biggest game of the year,” Jones said. “Penalties can change the game.”
That interception he is referring to happened when a holding call negated a Tyrann Mathieu play that extended a drive for the Bucs that they would score on.
Another penalty would also cost the Chiefs defense towards the end of the first half and the Bucs would score again.
In the end, it wouldn’t matter as the Chiefs offense could never find the end zone and score touchdowns.