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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and coach Andy Reid were irate after NFL officials held onto their penalty flags in the second quarter of the Chiefs’ game against the Miami Dolphins Saturday.

Mahomes was looking for a deep pass to Hardman, and it appeared safety Brandon Jones got a piece of Hardman as he was trying to break down the field. 

No flag was thrown.

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, left, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) react during the first half of a wild-card playoff game against the Miami Dolphins Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo.  (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Hardman was waving his hands and yelling at an official after the play. Mahomes ran down the field with his arms outstretched in disbelief. Reid gave one of the sideline referees an earful.

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The drive ended with a punt.

Kansas City took a 16-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid gestures during the first half of the team’s wild-card playoff game against the Miami Dolphins Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo.  (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

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Mahomes was 15-for-25 with 167 passing yards and a touchdown pass in the first half. Rashee Rice led the team with six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. Isiah Pacheco had a big 23-yard run as he registered 65 rushing yards on 12 carries.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was 6-for-11 for 94 yards and a touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill. The wide receiver had three catches for 62 yards at the half.

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) runs in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Eli Apple during the first half of an NFL wild-card game Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo.  (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

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The two teams faced off in subzero temperatures, and Reid’s mustache appeared to freeze over.

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