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Chiefs LB Dee Ford says Andy Reid helped him get over offside penalty

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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford committed an incredibly costly penalty against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game last weekend.

Late in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs leading by four points, cornerback Charvarius Ward picked off Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and it looked like Kansas City would be heading to the Super Bowl.

However, a flag was on the field.

The officials then announced that Ford was lined up in the neutral zone, wiping out the interception which ultimately resulted in New England scoring a touchdown to take a 31-28 lead.

The Pats would then go on to win the game in overtime.

As you would expect, Ford was despondent after the loss, but he said that head coach Andy Reid helped him get over it:

“He told me, ‘Don’t think about it. We’ve gotta move forward. We all could have been four inches better, ya know?'” Ford said of Reid after Friday’s Pro Bowl practice, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. “That was big. That was a big quote to say. ‘We all could have been four inches better.'”

As Reid states, Ford was definitely not the reason the Chiefs lost the game, as an anemic offensive performance in the first half was probably a much bigger culprit.

“At the end of the day, I appreciate [Reid], and it’s gonna be motivation for me, especially heading into next year,” Ford said. “That’s how I handle the situation — get better. We know what it tastes like to get there. We’ll know what it takes heading into next year.”