Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes hurt his ankle early in the divisional game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and after initially being questioned about his return, he returned for the second half and played the remainder of the game, helping to lead the Chiefs to a 27-20 victory.
After the game, Mahomes said there is no official prognosis and insisted that he will be ready for the AFC Championship Game. Ahead of what will now be a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game, in which the Cincinnati Bengals outscored the host Chiefs, 27-24, in overtime, Mahomes indicated via Twitter that he can’t wait. the chance to get revenge. Third-seeded Cincinnati roughed up the second-seeded Bills in Buffalo, 27-10, in the divisional round.
On Sunday, Mahomes underwent an MRI that showed the injury to be a high ankle sprain, reports Jonathan Jones, a tipster for CBS Sports NFL Insider. Mahomes maintains that he will be ready for Sunday’s title game.
In the first quarter Saturday, the quarterback suffered a tackle and a defender’s leg fell on his right ankle, which sprained as he fell to the ground. Mahomes limped and limped to the touchline, but he stayed in the game for the time being, eventually having his ankle taped.
Here’s a look at how the injury occurred:
The sprained ankle is evident in the replay, when the Jaguars’ Arden Key and Corey Peters tackled the quarterback.
Mahomes finally made his way to the Chiefs’ locker room early in the second quarter looking visibly upset at being taken out of the game. He was replaced by backup Chad Henne,that he hadn’t started a game in eight years. Henne took over for the backed Chiefs at the 1-yard line and led a long and impressive drive, culminating in his first postseason touchdown.
Mahomes was the first Chiefs player to come out of the locker room after halftime and after taking a few warm-up pitches he returned for the first drive of the second half and did not come out again. At times he looked like he was still limping.
Mahomes referred to not wanting to leave the game after the win.
“Yeah, I didn’t want to go and they gave me an ultimatum that I wouldn’t come back unless I went in there, so they’re trying to take care of me, we’ve got a lot of great people here, but it’s going to take a lot to keep me out of a football game,” he said.
He also congratulated Henne, saying, “Chad Henne man, he’s been in the building every day. He’s made me a better quarterback in the way he teaches me and he’s the most game-ready quarterback ever. “, and I add. that his touchdown drive made the difference in the game.
Holding a game ball, Travis Kelce said, “This ball goes to Chad Henne right here. The Henne thing is possible.”
Before he was injured, Mahomes completed 12 of 15 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. He finished the game 22 of 30 with 195 yards, two touchdowns, a 73.3 completion percentage and a 112.5 passer rating.