Some Chiefs' gear ended up in New Jersey
It’s a good thing the Chiefs-Patriots game didn’t start at 1:00 p.m. ET. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, an equipment container with some of Kansas City’s shoulder pads, helmets, and footballs ended up in Newark, New Jersey after not being unloaded from the team’s plane in Boston.Roughly 35 player bags were not removed from the plane, per Schefter.A Chiefs spokesperson tells PFT the gear will arrive in Foxboro “shortly,” and that the situation arose from an “honest mistake.
The Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots are preparing for a big AFC showdown with major playoff implications today. And it turns out the Chiefs almost had to forfeit before the game even started…
According to a, KC’s players and personnel arrived in Foxborough but the gear for roughly 35 players stayed on the plane, which then left for New Jersey. In other words, a huge chunk of the roster would be without pads, helmets, and other equipment necessary to play football.
Upon realizing this, the gear was rushed back to Boston in time for the 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff. How critical was it that it arrived in time? Per Schefter’s source, the Chiefs would have had to forfeit the game. The equipment was expected to get there between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m., and it appears the crisis has been averted.
Equipment snafu might force Chiefs to forfeit game vs. Patriots
The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots are set to do battle at Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon in one of the best games on the NFL schedule. © Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsOr so we thought.Kansas City sent its equipment to New Jersey instead of Foxborough for Sunday’s game. This means that the Chiefs would have to forfeit the game if the equipment does not arrive in time.If it doesn’t get to Foxboro before 425 the Chiefs have to forfeit https://t.co/6eUSTqNLvr— Christian Arcand (@ChristianArcand) December 8, 2019As Adam Schefter noted, equipment for 35 players landed in Newark instead of New England.
…and the Chiefs' equipment has arrived.
No forfeit necessary.
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron)
Still, imagine the implications. Sure, the Patriots might still beat the Chiefs anyway, but to just lose a game at a time like this without the chance to play would be absurd. It would send ripple effects through the rest of the conference, especially for the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders, both of whom are trying to unseat their respective division leaders.
An automatic loss also would have stung the Chiefs in their push for good playoff seeding. There’s a big difference between 9-4 and 8-5. The Chiefs would almost certainly prefer to get to either record based on their actual play.
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