KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Call it temper, call it passion, call it childish. Whatever the label, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce's tantrum in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 19-14 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday is going to cost him money.
When game officials missed a call in the end zone, Kelce lost it. He said something to field judge Mike Weatherford and drew a penalty flag. When Kelce saw that, he fired his towel at Weatherford, who then threw his hat, signaling another unsportsmanlike penalty. Two in one game means automatic ejection, and Kelce left the field with 11 minutes, 13 seconds to play.
Given time to cool down, Kelce was not happy with his behavior, although he continued his contention that Jacksonville cornerback Prince Amukamara grabbed him by the back of the jersey while he was attempting a touchdown catch.
"I kind of lost my composure out there," said Kelce, who finished the game with five catches for 58 yards. "When he threw the flag on me for whatever reason, he should have thrown it at the guy for pass interference. Once he threw the flag on me, I threw my towel at him like it was a flag and I told him how much I appreciated him for throwing his flag.
"You can't do it. I felt like an idiot. I can't do that to my teammates. It was a terrible decision."
Chiefs coach Andy Reid agreed with Kelce's assessment of his actions.
"You don't do that, you can't do that stuff," said Reid, who grabbed Kelce for a quick scolding as the tight end left the field. "I didn't appreciate the way he handled that. It's been addressed."
The Chiefs should have faced a third-and-4 at the Jacksonville 12-yard line. But after the two Kelce penalties were walked off, they had third-and-34 at the Jacksonville 42 and wound up settling for a field goal and a 19-7 lead with more than 10 minutes to play.
Asked what he could take away from the moment, Kelce was able to retain his sense of humor.
"I can't throw my flag at the ref," said Kelce. "He can throw his all day, though."