The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 on Saturday to advance to the AFC Championship Game, but there are now concerns over Patrick Mahomes’ health.
The Chiefs’ star quarterback was brought down by the Jaguars’ Arden Key and Corey Peters in the first quarter, and replays showed Mahomes’ ankle clumsily stuck under Key’s foot, with both down. landed.
Mahomes immediately reached for his right ankle and was seen limping to the sidelines to talk to the team’s coach before limping back onto the court.
“Obviously, I’ve got a lot of adrenaline right now, so we’ll see how it feels,” Mahomes told reporters.
“But tonight I’ll be getting treatment right away and doing everything I can to get close to 100% by next week.
“Fortunately for us, we played the early game on Saturday, so we had almost half a day extra and I could rest my ankle.”
Despite the injury, the 27-year-old sat out the remainder of the first quarter, but was visibly unwell.
With his ankle tied in the second quarter, Mahomes appeared to have had a heated discussion with head coach Andy Reid and dropped his jacket as he headed to the locker room for an evaluation.
Chad Henne took over at quarterback and went on to lead the Chiefs with touchdowns for a 17-7 lead.
Although the team listed him as a questionable player, Mahomes returned to lead the team to victory in the second half, finishing the night with 195 passing yards and two touchdowns.
“I don’t want to go to X-rays or anything. I just want to keep playing,” Mahomes added, explaining his argument with Redd.
“I told them I would do it at half-time, but the coach, in my best interest, made me go back out there and have an X-ray before going back into the game.
“For a while, I thought I’d make it through, but he said he wasn’t going to let me go back ‘so go ahead and get an X-ray, and if it’s negative or something, I’ll let you go back.'”
“I ran back out there, got the X-rays, and then I was able to go out and finish the game.”
The Chiefs are now in the AFC Championship Game for the fifth straight year, but there are doubts about Mahomes’ ability to play on Jan. 29.
Their opponents will be the Cincinnati Tigers or the Buffalo Bills, both of which will play later Sunday.
“He’s a tough kid. He wants to be there,” Reid told reporters when asked about Mahomes, without committing to playing him next Sunday.
“He wants to play and it’s a compliment to him and his competitiveness.
“However, you have to make sure he’s okay, in good physical condition, where he can defend himself and if he can’t then he can’t play.
“You’ve got to get to the next guy. He’s a tough guy, and when I tell you he’s competitive, he’s very, very competitive.”
Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants 38-7 to advance to the eighth NFC championship game in franchise history and the first since 2018.
The Eagles came out strong and ended up stronger.
Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a rushing touchdown. Eagles running backs Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell combined for 202 yards.
The Eagles face either the Dallas Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 29 for a spot in the Super Bowl on Feb. 12.