The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 on Saturday to advance to the AFC championship game 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 instantly 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 sector.
“Obviously, I’ve lots of adrenaline going proper now, so we’ll see the way it feels,” Mahomes instructed reporters.
“But I’ll leap proper into the remedy tonight and attempt to do no matter I can to be as near one hundred pc by subsequent week.
“Luckily for us, we performed the early game on Saturday, so we get an additional nearly half a day that I can let that ankle relaxation.”
Despite his injury, the 27-year-old stayed within the game for the remainder of the primary quarter, however he was in apparent discomfort.
In the second quarter, together 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.
Despite the group itemizing him as questionable to return, Mahomes got here again within the second half and led the group to victory, ending the night time with 195 yards passing and two touchdowns.
“I did not wish to go get the X-Rays or no matter it was. I simply needed to proceed to play,” Mahomes added, explaining his argument with Reid.
“I instructed them I’d do it at halftime however the coach, in the perfect curiosity of me, made me return there and get that X-Ray earlier than coming again into the game.
“For some time, I believed I might play by means of it however he stated he wouldn’t put me again in ‘so may as nicely go get that X-Ray and if it is damaging or no matter I’ll put you again in.’
“I ran again there, bought the X-Ray and was in a position to play and end the game.”
The Chiefs have now reached the AFC Championship game for the fifth consecutive yr, however there are actually doubts about Mahomes’ capability to play on January 29.
Their opponent will probably be both the Cincinnati Bengals or the Buffalo Bills, with each groups set to play afterward Sunday.
“He’s a tricky child. He needed to be in there,” Reid instructed reporters when requested about Mahomes, not committing to him enjoying subsequent Sunday.
“He needed to compete and that is a tribute to him and his competitiveness.
“However, you bought to ensure he is okay, bodily okay, the place he can defend himself and if he cannot then he cannot play.
“You need to go to the subsequent man. He’s a tricky nut and, once I inform you he’s aggressive, he is very very aggressive.”
Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 38-7 to advance to the group’s eighth NFC championship game 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 nicely. 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 Super Bowl closing on February 12.