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A corndog, a wasp and toss power trap: a random list that brings a smile to Chiefs Kingdom

Andy Reid is known for three things: cheeseburgers, his love of football and his ability to trick opposing teams. 



Sports can be broken down into single moments, one hit in baseball, a buzzer-beater in basketball, and one key play in football. One key play is enough to give a team the chance to come back in the Super Bowl and those plays live forever. While Andy Reid was not a part of the Chiefs winning Super Bowl four and its subsequent play in 65 toss power trap, he was behind both plays that led to the Chiefs’ victories in Super Bowl 54 and 57.  

Jet chip wasp was the play run in the Chiefs 49ers in Super Bowl 54. Wasp was a turning point for Kansas City. With the Chiefs down 10 in the fourth quarter they knew a big play was needed and with this big play came Mahomes’ most famous sound bite. 

On a third and 15 Mahomes was planning out the Chiefs’ next move with the offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and said 

“What are we thinking, ” Mahomes said. “Do we have time to run wasp?” 

With this play, Tyreek Hill was to run a deep double move that took time to develop. With the elite pass rush of the 49ers, Mahomes had to take a large drop back. While this play would not score any points the success gave the Chiefs the chunk yards it needed and would eventually lead to cutting their deficit down to three.

Fast forward two years later and the Chiefs found themselves in a similar situation. They were down by 10 late in the game and looking to beat a good defense. Here is what the Chiefs would call Corndog.

This play was set up in a stacked formation that was a run-pass option play meaning Mahomes had the ability to hand the ball off or pass the ball, depending on what he was reading at the moment. 

During that play, Mahomes is to send Kadarius Toney in motion and reads how the corner reacts, in this case, Darius Slay. As Toney comes in motion behind the tackle he then sticks his foot in the dirt and runs backward to go in the open flat for a walk-in touchdown. The miscommunication on the part of the Eagles caused Toney to get 11.2 yards of separation, per Next Gen Stats. 

Much like the Chiefs Wasp play called just a few years ago the Chiefs would not take the lead but it was a sign of more to come. The Chiefs would run a similar play down in the red zone on the following drive to get another touchdown. 

In a one-on-one interview with Peter King Andy Reid gave up the name of that play that will live on in Chief’s lore forever. 

“I’m going to give you the name for it,” Andy Reid said. “It’s called corn dog.”

In disbelief, King pushed back in a joking manner to make sure he heard Reid correctly and Reid doubled down. 

“There is nothing better than a good corn dog with some mustard and ketchup.” 

While corn dog was not the play that gave the team the lead nor was it the biggest chunk play of the game. Corn dog will live on as that play because it was the start of the Chiefs’ comeback. Breaking the Eagles’ double-digit lead they had held since the end of the first half. 

That is why the three most important plays are 65 toss power trap, jet chip wasp and corn dog will live in Chiefs history. 


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