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Raiders’ Jack Jones responds to Travis Kelce for saying Chiefs gave Vegas a ‘gift’ with win


The Kansas City Chiefs were heavy favorites on Christmas Day, but games aren’t played on paper.

The Las Vegas Raiders visited Arrowhead and pulled off a huge upset by beating the Chiefs 20-14.

Travis Kelce was unhappy with the performance, saying his team “played Santa Claus” and gave the Raiders the victory.


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Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Jack Jones leaves the field after a game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 14, 2023, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“We gave this team a win at Christmas. We literally played the role of Santa Claus and gave them a present,” Kelce said.

“It was embarrassing. Everyone in the building knows how embarrassing it was. We’ve had a short week, so we’ll forget about this shit real quick.”

Raiders defensive back Jack Jones learned of Kelce’s comments and wasn’t too happy.

“He said they gave us this game? Tell him to go watch this game,” Jones said Friday. “We took this game.”

Kelce criticized his own play, as well as that of his teammates.

“It’s not just one guy. It’s not just me playing like dogs—…Everybody’s in this damn thing together…We just gotta bring it together, man…

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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts with the referee during the first half of a game against the Buffalo Bills at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on December 10, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)


“Everyone just has to do their job. Every play, someone doesn’t do their job. It’s me, one by one, it’s everyone on the team. Whether it’s preparation, whether it’s it’s having the confidence and understanding of what the defense is in…the way we catch blitzes, the way we run routes versus certain passes, all of the above.

“We’re showing sparks of what kind of offense we can be. … It just hasn’t been a well-oiled machine like we’ve been in the past, and we just have to get everyone on the same page .”

Kelce also didn’t shy away from an argument with head coach Andy Reid that led to his helmet being thrown, admitting he was in the wrong and needed to stay calm.

“He looks out for me and I love him for that. I didn’t go back out there and I played well,” Kelce admitted. “He wanted to see the fire in me, and I reacted badly. He just wanted to get the best out of me, and right now I’m just not playing my best football. And I gotta f–k lock the f– up – in it, being more responsible towards him, being more responsible towards my teammates.

“I have to keep my cool, because as the leader of this team, that’s not how you change momentum.”

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs in front of Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Divine Deablo (5) during the first half of a game on November 26, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


The Chiefs fell to 9-6 and are still one win away from winning the division and making the playoffs for a ninth straight season. They have been to the AFC title game five straight years.

The Raiders are the 11th seed in the AFC with a 7-8 record, and are still in contention for a playoff spot and will face the Indianapolis Colts this weekend.

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