The Colts drove 76 yards in 16 plays in the fourth quarter for a game-winning touchdown Sunday that gave Indianapolis a 20-17 win over the Chiefs.
That drive appeared to stall when quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked on a third-down play from the Colts 31-yard line. But Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, apparently for something he said to Ryan.
Given new life, the Colts found the end zone and defeated the Chiefs.
After the game, referee Shawn Smith addressed the penalty, saying Jones was flagged for abusive language. James Palmer of the NFL Network shared this on Twitter.
Per the pool report from @adamteicher on Chris Jones' unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Referee Shawn Smith said "It was abusive language towards an opponent" and Smith would not elaborate on that even after Teicher asked 3 more follow up questions on the penalty.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 25, 2022
Ryan told the Athletic’s Zack Keefer he wasn’t going to share what Jones said.
“Sometimes you gotta keep your cool,” Ryan told Keefer.
Matt Ryan on the Chris Jones penalty late: Essentially says he knows what Jones said, but he isn’t telling us.
“Sometimes you gotta keep your cool.”
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 25, 2022
Fans were baffled by the call, wanted to know what Jones said and were angry with Jones. Here is a sample of what they were saying (with words we can use).
Ok I think we deserve to know what Chris Jones said to get that penalty #ChiefsKingdom
— (jeff)isageek (@jeffisageek) September 25, 2022
I wanna know what Chris Jones said. That’s pathetic man.
— Garrett Mingucci (@GMingucci) September 25, 2022
Me when Chris Jones got the penalty https://t.co/PIXR173fft
— Andrew Helmick (@ahelmick15) September 25, 2022
This may be an unpopular opinion but here it goes…
Chris Jones is a leader on this team and I don’t care how soft that penalty seemed, know the situation and WALK AWAY.
Also, Amendola can walk home. He left 7 points on the board and put way too much pressure on the offense.
— Chrissy Dittmann (@StineyRumDitty) September 25, 2022
I didn’t know you could get a penalty for hurting feelings
— kcjefff (@kcjefff) September 25, 2022
What did Chris Jones say
— Brock (@Brock_Sellers) September 25, 2022
For all the good Chris Jones has done this game he might have just cost the team a win with that penalty
— Ben Heroneme (@BenHeroneme) September 25, 2022
Chris Jones keeps his mouth shut and the Chiefs win. What a lack of discipline. #ChiefsKingdom
— Jon (@TheRealJonHall_) September 25, 2022
— Dakota Hamm (@DakotaHamm3) September 25, 2022
So let me get this right: Jones AND Ryan were jawing each other and Jones gets the flag. You wanna know what Jones said. How about what Ryan said to make him react. He doesn't do that kind of stuff
— Gary Warren (@GLWarrenJr) September 25, 2022
Chris Jones with the loss. That's it, that's the tweet. #chiefskingdom
— These go to 11 (@crushedbyadwarf) September 25, 2022
All he has to do is shut his mouth. It's really not that hard.
— David Crouse (@1973Crouse) September 25, 2022