Patrick Mahomes Mom Calls out Super Bowl Officials in Tweet to Tom Brady's Wife

The expected shootout between Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady never quite materialized on Sunday night, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV.

Mahomes endured the worst game of his NFL career, as he was pressured a Super Bowl record 29 times and completed just 26 of his 49 passes for 270 yards and two interceptions. It marked the first time Kansas City failed to score a touchdown since the 25-year-old made his first NFL start in Week 17 of the 2017 season.

Brady, on the other hand, finished 21-of-29 for 201 yards and three touchdowns, securing a seventh Super Bowl ring and a fifth Super Bowl MVP crown.

If the duel between the quarterbacks didn't live up to expectations in Tampa, Mahomes mother, Randi, did her best to spice things up off the field as she criticized the game officials.

"If you have the ref on your team is that really winning!!!," she tweeted to Brady's wife, Gisele Bündchen.

If you have to have the ref on your team is that really winning!!! @giseleofficial lol 😂😂😂😂🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪

— Randi Mahomes (@tootgail) February 8, 2021

While the Chiefs largely have themselves to blame for failing to win a second consecutive Super Bowl, the referees drew more attention than they would have liked.

Kansas City was called for 11 penalties for a combined 120 yards, while the Bucs received four flags for 39 yards.

The Chiefs accepted penalties for a total of 95 yards in the first half, the most penalty yards against any team in the first half of a game this season, as per NFL Research.

In the second quarter alone, the Chiefs accepted penalties for a total of 90 yards.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most by any team in a quarter of any game since Week 1 of the 2018 season, when the Oakland Raiders had 110 penalty yards in the second quarter of a 33-13 loss against the Los Angeles Rams.

While it is a stretch to suggest the flurry of flags thrown against the Chiefs swung the game, some of the penalties came at crucial junctures of Super Bowl LV. With the Bucs leading 7-3 halfway through the second quarter, Brady threw a pass intended for Mike Evans, which was deflected twice before being intercepted by Kansas City safety Tyrann Mathieu.

What could have been a game-changing play was called back because of a defensive holding call, which allowed Tampa to retain possession. The Chiefs forced a fourth down four plays later and the Bucs settled for a field goal, only for Tampa to be handed a first down after Mecole Hardman lined up offside at the line of scrimmage.

Brady made the most of the opportunity and hit Rob Gronkowski for a 17-yard touchdown.

With 24 seconds left in the first half, Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland drew a pass interference penalty for tripping Mike Evans. Two plays later, Evans drew another pass interference call, this time against Mathieu.

While the attempted pass was impossible to catch, the penalty allowed the Bucs to set up stall at the one-yard line and Brady subsequently cashed in with a one-yard toss to Antonio Brown, which stretched Tampa's lead to 21-6 at halftime.

On what planet is this catchable pic.twitter.com/WLB9mf4qaZ

— Cody Tapp (@codybtapp) February 8, 2021

Speaking after the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid acknowledged his team's lack of discipline had cost it dearly.

"You can't have that," Reid said.

"You can't have penalties—not that many, I think we had 10 of them total—and that, you're taking space away from yourself either defensively or offensively. So it is uncharacteristic and it's too bad it happened today."

Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones echoed the message.

"I mean, penalties cost the game either way," he said. "Only the referees can call the penalties. So the penalties affect the game 1,000 percent. What can I say? We had a lot of penalties called on us today."

Jones also suggested the officials were uncharacteristically strict for a Super Bowl.

"I was very surprised," he continued.

"This is the Super Bowl. Usually you let the guys play, especially in the biggest game of the year. Penalties can change the game."

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks with referee Carl Cheffers during the fourth quarter of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 7 in Tampa, Florida. Patrick Smith/Getty