Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes seemed to approve of back-up Chad Henne’s go-ahead first down to send the hosts to the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills. Thanks to Henne’s sensational first-down toss to wide receiver Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs sneaked past AFC North side the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Divisional round.
Including a gif of Boston Celtic great Kevin Garnett, No. 15 simply posted: “#HenneThingIsPossible.”
Considering most thought he’d be in a far worse condition after taking a brutal hit by Browns Mack Wilson in the third quarter, it’s nice to see MVPat checking in with Chiefs Kingdom and showing his support for the guy who stepped into his place.
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Wilson Offered up Positive Remarks for Mahomes
Cleveland linebacker Mack Wilson was quick to show support for No. 15 post-game, tweeting at Mahomes to “Go be great” next weekend against the Bills and of course offer up some prayers in his recovery. In true sportsmanlike fashion, Mahomes gave and equally pleasant response.
Wilson was called out by Mahomes’ mother Randi for the dangerous play, but hopefully her son’s reply will squash any further animosity she might have entering another contentious week for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Kelce Weighed in on Mahomes’ Condition
One of Mahomes’ favorite receivers also provided some insight into the controversial hit, even adding that he didn’t think it was dirty. Tight end Travis Kelce provided a first-hand account of the initial reactions from Cleveland defenders.
“You never wanna say that someone purposely took somebody out the game,” the Cleveland native said. But they were flying around, and after the initial hit, they were fired up, saying, ‘That’s what we do; That’s what we do.’
“So it’s just, there was a lot of talk between me and their players. For the most part, it was just in a competitive mindset. I do feel like those guys are good dudes, and I respect a lot of them for that, especially Myles [Garrett].”
Chiefs Earn New NFL Record With Third AFC Championship Appearance
It wouldn’t be a Patrick Mahomes-led season without another impressive record. With their third consecutive AFC Championship appearance, Kansas City set a new NFL record. The Chiefs are scheduled to kick off against the Buffalo Bills Sunday at 3:05 p.m. EST from Arrowhead Stadium.
Led by Josh Allen, the Bills cruised to a 17-3 win against the Baltimore Ravens. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson endured a concussion in the third quarter, just like Mahomes.
Despite the defeat, Bills fans made sure to recognize one of Jackson’s favorite nonprofits. On Sunday, NFL.com reported that Bills Mafia donated thousands to one of the reigning league MVP’s favorite charities–Blessings in a Backpack. According to their site, the Louisville-based organization works to provide meals for adolescents who may not be afforded that on the weekend.
Though both sides are competitive at heart, it’s refreshing to see fans honor a fellow athlete and his efforts off the field.
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