Richie James Was Almost the Chiefs' Super Bowl Hero

Richie James was close to becoming an unlikely hero for the Chiefs in the Super Bowl
Richie James was close to becoming an unlikely hero for the Chiefs in the Super Bowl / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs won their third Super Bowl in the last five years in dramatic fashion, scoring a walk-off TD in overtime to beat the 49ers 25-22.

However, closer film study reveals that seldom-used WR Richie James had an opportunity to become Kansas City's hero. Despite catching just 10 passes for 114 yards in the regular season in a reserve role, James was wide open for a potential 55-yard TD.

That play ultimately went to Rashee Rice for a nice gain, but James could've become the unlikely storyline of the Super Bowl instead.

WATCH: Richie James Nearly Became Chiefs' Super Bowl Hero

This would have been hilarious and perfectly fitting for a few reasons. First, many Chiefs pundits, including myself, thought big things were coming for James. That obviously did not happen. Even still, he was more open than a 24/7 QuikTrip on this play.

After all of the grief Kansas City's wide receivers took over the course of the season, rightfully so, how poetic would it be for a much-maligned wideout to score a long game-winning TD?

If Mahomes looks James' way, the game is over. San Francisco ignored him completely, putting multiple defenders on Rice, and it worked out in the end. However, that's a disastrous mistake to make given Mahomes' ability and the situation.

James is currently a free agent with special teams experience on top of being a reliable receiver when on the field. Things didn't work out with the Chiefs, aside from winning the darned Super Bowl, but perhaps he'd be a more discussed free-agent wide receiver if this play went his way.

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