Mic'd-up Super Bowl feed reveals ref talking about Patrick Mahomes: 'You don't want to give Mahomes the ball'

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By James Kay

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We all know that Patrick Mahomes is incredibly talented, and it turns out that even the Super Bowl referees know how good he is as they were caught discussing his talents on the field.

For anyone who has avoided social media lately, the Super Bowl took place on Sunday which saw the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers go head-to-head.

In what was a thrilling contest, the game went into overtime and the Chiefs eventually took the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy home after winning 25-22.

Aside from Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift, one man stole the spotlight once again as Patrick Mahomes showed the world why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the sport right now.

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Patrick Mahomes lead his team to a second consecutive Super Bowl win. Credit: Lauren Leigh Bacho/Getty

Anyone who is into football knows how good Mahomes is, and that includes the referees who were captured discussing the quarterback during the game.

Allegations of biased officiating have dogged the Chiefs, with critics attributing their dominance to referee favoritism towards Mahomes.

Critics point to instances where Mahomes seemingly receives favorable calls, dismissing opposing claims as mere sour grapes from rival fans. They argue that such accusations lack evidence, often relying on selective video clips that could be applied to any quarterback in the league.

Audio snippets from Mahomes' pivotal performance against the San Francisco 49ers shed new light on the officials' perspective. In a brief exchange captured on tape, referee Bill Vinovich is heard advising the 49ers: "Your best play that you have in your book right now... Because you don't want to give Mahomes the ball back."

Watch the clip below:

The clip has stirred fresh controversy, prompting varied reactions from football enthusiasts. While some view the comments as damning evidence of biased officiating, others argue that refs talk like this all the time.

"Even the refs knew you can’t give Mahomes the ball back," one person said, while a second added: "Just shows that the refs enjoy a great game also! They had the best seat in the house!"

Nevertheless, interpretations of Vinovich's statement vary widely. While some interpret it as favoritism towards Mahomes, others argue that it shows the officials' impartiality by emphasizing the need for strategic gameplay to counter Mahomes' talents.

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Patrick Mahomes is one of the best in the sport. Credit: Ryan Kang/Getty

This wasn't the only thing that sparked people to believe that the Super Bowl was rigged, as some believed that the entire game was tipped in Taylor Swift's favor.

"49ers deserved that win. It’s so rigged I hope you guys can see it for what it is, truly rigged. Chiefs you guys got so lucky Taylor swift bailed you guys out," wrote one user on X, formerly Twitter.

"TAYLOR SWIFT WINNING THE SUPER BOWL AND YOU DONT THINK THIS IS RIGGED?" added another.

There is obviously no evidence that the game was rigged.

Featured image credit: Ryan Kang/Getty

Mic'd-up Super Bowl feed reveals ref talking about Patrick Mahomes: 'You don't want to give Mahomes the ball'

vt-author-image

By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!

We all know that Patrick Mahomes is incredibly talented, and it turns out that even the Super Bowl referees know how good he is as they were caught discussing his talents on the field.

For anyone who has avoided social media lately, the Super Bowl took place on Sunday which saw the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers go head-to-head.

In what was a thrilling contest, the game went into overtime and the Chiefs eventually took the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy home after winning 25-22.

Aside from Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift, one man stole the spotlight once again as Patrick Mahomes showed the world why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the sport right now.

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Patrick Mahomes lead his team to a second consecutive Super Bowl win. Credit: Lauren Leigh Bacho/Getty

Anyone who is into football knows how good Mahomes is, and that includes the referees who were captured discussing the quarterback during the game.

Allegations of biased officiating have dogged the Chiefs, with critics attributing their dominance to referee favoritism towards Mahomes.

Critics point to instances where Mahomes seemingly receives favorable calls, dismissing opposing claims as mere sour grapes from rival fans. They argue that such accusations lack evidence, often relying on selective video clips that could be applied to any quarterback in the league.

Audio snippets from Mahomes' pivotal performance against the San Francisco 49ers shed new light on the officials' perspective. In a brief exchange captured on tape, referee Bill Vinovich is heard advising the 49ers: "Your best play that you have in your book right now... Because you don't want to give Mahomes the ball back."

Watch the clip below:

The clip has stirred fresh controversy, prompting varied reactions from football enthusiasts. While some view the comments as damning evidence of biased officiating, others argue that refs talk like this all the time.

"Even the refs knew you can’t give Mahomes the ball back," one person said, while a second added: "Just shows that the refs enjoy a great game also! They had the best seat in the house!"

Nevertheless, interpretations of Vinovich's statement vary widely. While some interpret it as favoritism towards Mahomes, others argue that it shows the officials' impartiality by emphasizing the need for strategic gameplay to counter Mahomes' talents.

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Patrick Mahomes is one of the best in the sport. Credit: Ryan Kang/Getty

This wasn't the only thing that sparked people to believe that the Super Bowl was rigged, as some believed that the entire game was tipped in Taylor Swift's favor.

"49ers deserved that win. It’s so rigged I hope you guys can see it for what it is, truly rigged. Chiefs you guys got so lucky Taylor swift bailed you guys out," wrote one user on X, formerly Twitter.

"TAYLOR SWIFT WINNING THE SUPER BOWL AND YOU DONT THINK THIS IS RIGGED?" added another.

There is obviously no evidence that the game was rigged.

Featured image credit: Ryan Kang/Getty