Kansas City Chiefs Star tight end Travis Kelce was mysteriously caught wiping spit off the back of Patrick Mahomes’ jersey during Saturday’s divisional round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

On Wednesday, during an episode of the «New Heights» podcast, kelce revealed why he did it and why it was so vital to the Chiefs’ success.

Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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«It’s crazy that I got caught. I didn’t even realize I did it,» Kelce laughed as he recalled the incident with his brother and philadelphia eagles center Jason Kelce.

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«I’ll find anyone’s dry shirt or towel and make sure my gloves are clean.»

Kelce explained that he had «end zone paint» on his gloves during the previous play and needed to think fast.

«It was like spitting on my hands and licking my hands, trying to get that thing back in a good grip,» he said.

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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs makes a touchdown reception against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs makes a touchdown reception against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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«We were in the red zone, so I couldn’t risk dropping a ball, so I just had to…» he added, pretending to lick his glove again.

«It’s okay Pat.I’m ready.»

Whatever his reasoning, it worked. Kelce scored a touchdown on the next play to put the Chiefs on the board first.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, left, and tight end Travis Kelce celebrate a victory over Jacksonville in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, left, and tight end Travis Kelce celebrate a victory over Jacksonville in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Kelce was attacked 17 times and had 14 receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win. About the Jaguars.

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They advanced to Sunday’s AFC title game against the defending champion. Cincinnati Bengals.