On a nationally televised game in crunch time against a conference rival, Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire experienced one of the worst feelings you can feel as an athlete: letting your teammates down.
Late in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs were in line to kick a field goal and win a tight ball game on Sunday Night Football, the second-year back fumbled the football and gave possession back to the Baltimore Ravens, who ran out the game clock and won the game by picking up a first down in four plays.
Granted, Kansas City’s defense was the reason the game was so close, with the score at 36-35 in favor of a banged-up Baltimore squad at that point in the contest. But Edwards-Helaire’s fumble was essentially a nail in the coffin for a Chiefs team that could do very little to stop Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense in prime time.
However, Edwards-Helaire’s teammates didn’t want the team’s lead back to linger on the disastrous play after the game was over. That’s why quarterback Patrick Mahomes gave him a pep talk following the Week 2 loss.
Mahomes: ‘Don’t Let One Play Define You’
“We’ll need him the whole entire season. Don’t let one play define you,” Mahomes told the media postgame of what he said to Edwards-Helaire following the fourth-quarter fumble. “It’s a long season. Obviously, we lost to a good football team, and we played at their place. It’s a long season, and if we want to be great and have a chance to have another run at this thing, he’s going to be an important part of it.”