Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes reveals he tried to ‘FORCE’ Travis Kelce to play vs. Chargers so he could break 1k yards for eighth straight year… but TE refused: ‘He couldn’t do that because he knew it wasn’t about him’

Patrick Mahomes admitted Tuesday that he tried to ‘force’ teammate Travis Kelce to play vs. the Chargers so the tight end could keep up his 1k receiving yards streak.

Kelce had reached the mark in every season since 2016, and needed just 16 in the final game of the regular season to do so once again.

But with the Chiefs’ playoff spot already clinched entering Week 18, the pass catcher ultimately decided to sit out of the game and rest up for Kansas City’s Wild Card matchup vs. the Dolphins.

…I knew he was going to try not to play and he wanted to be about the team and not about him I was trying to force him all the way up until game time and then he said: no that’s not who I am, I don’t want to play for those reasons. I want to get myself rested and healthy for the playoffs.’

The quarterback, who also sat out vs. the Chargers, added that they had even ran through some plays designed to get Kelce 1,000 yards without putting him in harm’s way ahead of the postseason.

‘We had done that – we had some plays for him that where we were going to get him open and stay away from contact and get him into spots where he can catch the ball and get down there. But that’s just the type of guy he is – he’s not going to go out there and play for those reasons.’

Kelce was limited in practice with a neck injury ahead of the game, though many assumed he would suit up vs. the Chargers to keep his record going.

He also missed Week 1 of the season with a bone bruise.

Mahomes continued, ‘A lot of guys would have gone out there and done it and that’s no slight towards them but the type of teammate T is, he couldn’t do that because he knew it wasn’t about him, it was about the team.’

To the quarterback’s point, Lions rookie tight end Sam LaPorta was hurt over the weekend with Detroit merely playing for playoff seeding.