KANSAS CITY, Mo. The losing locker room sounds like the DMV. The most distinctive sound is feet shuffling across carpet. Quiet. Heads down. Nobody wants to be here.
Does anything in sports move as fast as the NFL? At 8:04 p.m. Sunday, Patrick Mahomes performed a magic trick, retreating twenty-some yards behind the line of scrimmage before firing a spiral into the end zone for a touchdown, then taking a victory lap around the field and screaming into the night and living rooms across the country: LETS (BLEEPING) GO!!!
At 10:12 p.m., with the Chiefs down six, a run on second-and-forever is greeted with unmistakable boos. Within minutes, the mass fan march to the parking lot began, hope disappearing and taillights filling the roads back home.