Over 35,000 people have signed a petition to honour Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at the Chiefs game after he helped upset the Patriots in the last game of the season

Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire/Getty ImagesRyan Fitzpatrick.
  • Over 35,000 people have signed a petition to have Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick bang the drum at Arrowhead Stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs’ first playoff game.
  • Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins beat the New England Patriots in Week 17, which gave the Chiefs a first-round bye and forced the Patriots to play in the wild-card game for the first time since 2006.
  • If the Patriots win this weekend, they will have to go play the Chiefs in Kansas City in the next round.
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Kansas City Chiefs fans want to honour Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick after he helped them secure a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The Dolphins beat the New England Patriots, 27-24, in Week 17, while the Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers, 31-21. The Patriots’ loss and the Chiefs’ win meant the Chiefs secured the No. 2 seed and thus a first-round bye, while the Patriots have to play the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, in their first year without a bye since 2006. (They didn’t make the playoffs in 2008.)

Fitzpatrick was the hero of the Dolphins’ stunning upset over the Patriots. Fitzpatrick completed 28 of 41 passes for 320 yards and a touchdown and led the Dolphins on a 75-yard game-winning drive, throwing a touchdown to take the lead with 24 seconds to play.

To honour Fitzpatrick, there is now a petition going around to have the veteran quarterback bang the drum at Arrowhead Stadium before the Chiefs’ first playoff game.

As of Thursday, over 35,000 people had signed the petition, though it’s unclear whether there is any actual traction to get Fitzpatrick to the game.

Chiefs arrowhead stadium drumDavid Eulitt/Getty ImagesThe Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt banging the drum at Arrowhead Stadium before a game.

The last-minute flipping of playoff seeds could have a huge impact on the AFC playoff picture. The Patriots would have loved a week off to get more rest for 42-year-old Tom Brady, who has shown his age in recent weeks. Instead, they have to play the red-hot Titans, who have won seven of their last 10 games and averaged 30.4 points per game over that stretch. The Patriots are still favoured to win, but their path to the Super Bowl is more difficult than ever.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, get a bye week to rest and prepare for the highest remaining seed in the divisional-round matchup. If the Patriots beat the Titans, the Patriots will have to go to Kansas City to play the Chiefs. Will Ryan Fitzpatrick be in attendance?

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