All patched up. pic.twitter.com/u3KbgxiHql
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 30, 2024
As you can see, Kansas City tweeted several photos this morning of their red jersey adorned with the Super Bowl LVIII patch, which presumably means that they’ve chosen to wear red in the big game. (The AFC is the designated home conference this year, so KC gets their choice.) That means the 49ers will wear white, essentially giving us a visual rematch of Super Bowl LIV.
One question, which I had originally posed last week, was how KC would handle the Super Bowl patch placement for their captains. The team’s jerseys already have the Lamar Hunt perma-memorial patch and the Norma Hunt memorial patch. Once you add a captaincy patch to the mix, how do you fit the Supe patch?
The answer, it appears, is that they’re moving the captaincy patch over to the other side of the jersey, above the perma-memorial, and putting the Supe patch in the vacated captain’s spot:
The situation could get even more patch-happy for KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes, because he’s the team’s nominee for this season’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award (and, like all Payton nominees, has been wearing the Payton logo as a rear-helmet decal). The award winner will be announced on Feb. 8 — three days before the Super Bowl. If Mahomes is the winner, he’d wear the Payton logo as a jersey patch for the rest of his career. Would that include the Super Bowl, adding yet another patch to his jersey for the big game?
The league began adding the Payton patch to award winners’ jerseys in 2017. Since then, there’s only been one instance of the winner being on one of the two teams about to face off in the Supe. That was two years ago, when Rams offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth won the award. He did wear the patch in the Super Bowl, but that was an unusual circumstance because he was expected to retire after the season, so the Supe was his only opportunity to wear the Payton patch. It’s not yet clear if the same protocol would apply to Mahomes, or if he’d begin wearing the patch next season.
Of course, one of the 31 other nominees could win the award, rendering this discussion moot. We’ll find out soon enough.
As for the Super Bowl logo patch, it’s once again plastic, which looks so awful next to the embroidered patches:
Speaking of the Super Bowl logo, KC’s defeat of the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game thankfully put an end to that stupid conspiracy fantasy about the logo colors. Unfortunately, it’s given rise to an even more asinine fantasy, although at least this one isn’t about logos or uniforms.