The Kansas City Chiefs clinched the AFC West last night and stopped the New England Patriots’ home winning streak at 21 games. But the real drama was lost luggage leading up to the game.
The Kansas City Chiefs took a United Airlines-chartered aircraft to play the New England Patriots. When they arrived some of their equipment was left on board. The plane then went to Newark, and the equipment didn’t reach them until two hours prior to kickoff.
The container, which held shoulder pads, helmets, footballs, and approximately 35 players’ bags, was never taken off the team’s plane when it arrived in Massachusetts, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Around 2:45 p.m., the equipment was finally spotted at Gillette Stadium. Had it not arrived in time for the 4:25 p.m. kickoff, Kansas City would have had to forfeit, according to ESPN.
The team’s equipment logistics staff are the ones really at fault here for not identifying the missing items before the aircraft departed. Fortunately they managed to get the plane back, with the equipment still on board, and rush it to the stadium.
Chiefs equipment arrives … pic.twitter.com/ytulhkvN0J
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 8, 2019
If you’re a New England fan, you can blame your own Massachusetts State Police for avoiding a Chiefs forfeit. They provided the luggage with an escort to the stadium.
As much as we wouldn’t mind a forfeit for #PatsNation 🏈, but we did escort the delayed @Chiefs equipment from Logan to Foxboro. Game time can go as scheduled. #GoPats @Patriots @GilletteStadium @MikeReiss
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) December 8, 2019
As flagged by ekozie the aircraft “flew the container on a regular commercial flight” to Boston before the supplies were reunited with the Chiefs.
Despite the stress of missing equipment the Chiefs still beat the Patriots 23-16.