The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 on Saturday to advance to the AFC championship recreation however there’s now concern over the health of Patrick Mahomes.
The Chiefs’ star quarterback was introduced down by Jaguars’ Arden Key and Corey Peters within the first quarter and replays confirmed Mahomes’ ankle getting caught awkwardly underneath Key as each males fell to the bottom.
Mahomes immediately reached for his proper ankle and was seen limping to the sidelines to talk to his group’s coaches earlier than hobbling again onto the sphere.
“Clearly, I’ve loads of adrenaline going proper now, so we’ll see the way it feels,” Mahomes advised reporters.
“However I’ll hop proper within the therapy tonight and attempt to do no matter I can to be as near one hundred pc by subsequent week.
“Fortunately for us, we performed the early recreation on Saturday, so we get an additional virtually half a day that I can let that ankle relaxation.”
Regardless of his harm, the 27-year-old stayed within the recreation for the remainder of the primary quarter however he was in apparent discomfort.
Within the second quarter, along with his ankle taped up, Mahomes appeared to get right into a heated dialogue with head coach Andy Reid and threw his jacket down as he headed to the locker room for analysis.
Chad Henne took over at quarterback and went on to guide the Chiefs to a landing to take a 17-7 lead.
Regardless of the group itemizing him as questionable to return, Mahomes got here again within the second half and led the group to the victory, ending the evening with 195 yards passing and two touchdowns.
“I didn’t wish to go get the X-Rays or no matter it was. I simply wished to proceed to play,” Mahomes added, explaining his argument with Reid.
“I advised them I’d do it at halftime however the coach, in one of the best curiosity of me, made me return there and get that X-Ray earlier than coming again into the sport.
“For some time, I assumed I may play via it however he stated he wouldn’t put me again in ‘so may as properly go get that X-Ray and if it’s detrimental or no matter I’ll put you again in.’
“I ran again there, obtained the X-Ray and was in a position to play and end the sport.”
The Chiefs have now reached the AFC Championship recreation for the fifth consecutive 12 months however there at the moment are doubts about Mahomes’ potential to play on January 29.
Their opponent shall be both the Cincinnati Bengals or the Buffalo Payments, with each groups set to play in a while Sunday.
“He’s a tricky child. He wished to be in there,” Reid advised reporters when requested about Mahomes, not committing to him taking part in subsequent Sunday.
“He wished to be competing and that’s a tribute to him and his competitiveness.
“Nonetheless, you bought to verify he’s okay, bodily okay, the place he can shield himself and if he can’t then he can’t play.
“It’s a must to go to the subsequent man. He’s a tricky nut and, after I inform you he’s aggressive, he’s very very aggressive.”
Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 38-7 to advance to the group’s eighth NFC championship recreation in franchise historical past and the primary since 2018.
The Eagles got here out of the gates sturdy and completed even stronger.
Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns whereas including a speeding landing as properly. Eagles working backs Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell mixed to hurry for 202 yards.
The Eagles will face both the Dallas Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers on January 29 for a spot within the Tremendous Bowl last on February 12.