Patrick Mahomes hailed as ‘greatness’ by Chiefs fans after defeating Jags despite injury |  News, scores, highlights, stats and rumors

Patrick Mahomes hailed as ‘greatness’ by Chiefs fans after defeating Jags despite injury | News, scores, highlights, stats and rumors

Patrick Mahomes hailed as ‘greatness’ by Chiefs fans after defeating Jags despite injury |  News, scores, highlights, stats and rumors

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 21: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes briefly left his team’s AFC Divisional Round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with an ankle injury, but he returned to the game and threw a crucial game-ending touchdown pass to help to lead his team to a 27-20 victory.

Mahomes completed 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards and two goals. Those are paltry numbers by superstar standards, but that stat line proved to be quite impressive considering he missed the entire second quarter due to illness and played injured for the entirety of the second half.

Mahomes suffered the injury late in the first quarter after a hit by pass-rusher Arden Key.

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Patrick Mahomes suffered an ankle injury but is still in the game 🙏 pic.twitter.com/PvTM5PNx0T

He stayed in the game until the end of the first quarter, but eventually left for the locker room.

nfl network Ian Rapoport reported that its X-rays taken during the break were negative, but that the star apparently suffered a sprained ankle.

That didn’t stop Mahomes from returning for the second half, which started with the Chiefs leading 17-10 after backup Chad Henne led Kansas City for a 98-yard touchdown drive capped by Travis Kelce’s second touchdown of the game.

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Do these TWO @tkelce! #ChiefsKingdom #JAXvsKC on NBC and @peacock.

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The tight end starred tonight with 14 receptions, 98 receiving yards and his pair of scoring, as he and Mahomes led Kansas City to the AFC Championship Game alongside a gritty defensive effort.

Mahomes helped close this one out late with a fantastic 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with a one-legged pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a six-yard score.

It was a big moment after the Jags cut Kansas City’s lead to 20-17 following Travis Etienne Jr.’s four-yard touchdown run.

Jacksonville nailed a field goal in the final minute, but it was too little too late as the Chiefs emerged victorious despite Mahomes playing through injury.

Twitter recognized his post-game efforts.

The Chiefs will now face the winner of the match between Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills.

If the Bengals win, the game will take place at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. If the Bills win, the two teams will head to Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for a neutral site game.

Either way, the matchup will take place on Sunday, January 29 at 6:30 pm ET.

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