NFL apologizes for tweet linking Chiefs' win to Mexico quake

Rasul Douglas, Travis Kelce
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) vaults over Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MEXICO CITY (AP) The NFL has apologized for an “unacceptable” tweet with three smiley emojis that likened the Kansas City Chiefs’ big victory over the New England Patriots to a deadly earthquake that shook Mexico.

The tweet came from the league’s official NFL Mexico account after the Chiefs upset the Super Bowl champions 42-27 in the season opener Thursday night.

The game ended about a half-hour before the earthquake, which killed at least 32 people. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 8.1, hit the southern coast of Mexico. Authorities say it was the strongest in Mexico in a half-century.