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Chiefs coach Andy Reid agrees with Steelers, officials on end-zone call

Chris Adamski
| Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, 11:51 p.m.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin shake hands following an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin shake hands following an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Demetrius Harris thought he held the ball long enough to have a touchdown.

His coach disagreed.

Some thought it was an interception. Mike Mitchell thought it was a fumble.

"That's why I jumped on it," the Steelers safety said.

In the end, it was ruled an incomplete pass when Harris was targeted by Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith on the fourth snap of the fourth quarter when the Chiefs elected to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the 4.

It was a play that could have decided the game. After struggling on offense, the Chiefs got some momentum and drove deep into Steelers' territory.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid said if it got to a fourth down, he was planning on going for it "the whole way."

"We felt like we had a couple plays we felt real good about, and we called on them, and it didn't work out," Reid said. "Hindsight ends up being that you wish you would have kicked (a field goal), but at the time I felt pretty strongly that we would complete it."

They almost did. Though Harris was surrounded by defenders Sean Davis and Tyler Matakevich, Smith threaded a pass into his hands and Harris — initially — caught it.

Ultimately, Davis ripped the ball out of his hands before he got to the ground.

"I felt like I had the ball long enough — for two seconds — to call it a touchdown," Harris said. "But he made a great play on the ball because his hand was stuck between the ball and my hand."

After seeing the replay on the big screen, fans at Arrowhead Stadium signaled they wanted Reid to challenge the call.

Reid had no regrets that he didn't.

"I didn't think he had it," Reid said of Harris and a touchdown. "He didn't have complete control of it."

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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