How did Travis Kelce get open in the end zone against the Broncos? It’s by design

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, one of the most productive players in NFL history at his position, would seem to be a target for opposing defenses at all times. But with 6: 08 left in Saturday’s game between the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos, quarterback Patrick Mahomes hit Kelce for a three-yard touchdown pass, and Kelce was hilariously wide open.

Wiiiiide open to @tkelce for six!

: #KCvsDEN on ESPN

— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 8, 2022

How can this happen? It happens more often than you think. In fact, it happened in a very similar fashion to the Bengals in Week 17. With 2: 50 left in the first quarter of that game, a 34-31 win over Cincinnati, Mahomes hit Kelce for another three-yard touchdown, and the design of the play should look quite familiar.

This is a horrible bit of schemery by Andy Reid and his staff. The red zone defense must deal with the receiver moving from left to right, play fake, crossers both directions, and Kelce who has a delayed release from his own crossing route. It’s easy to lose track of all the moving parts.

No matter how good your defense might be.

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