What began like another brilliant postseason start for Patrick Mahomes turned into an incredibly tough day featuring a couple injuries that ultimately forced the Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback to leave a playoff game early. Fortunately, despite the loss of Mahomes in the third quarter, the Chiefs, led by Chad Henne, were able to hold off the Cleveland Browns for a Divisional Round win.
Immediately following the game, Chiefs Kingdom was concerned about the status of the team’s best player and franchise face. Fortunately head coach Andy Reid had good news for reporters following the 22-17 win by saying Mahomes was “doing great” after suffering a potential concussion/head injury along with some sort of obvious toe injury as well.
It’s also good to see Mahomes himself tweeting as well as his fiancee.
During the first quarter, Mahomes ended up hurting his toe and was seem grimacing in pain on several plays, even as he led the Chiefs to consecutive scoring drives to open the game and put up a 19-3 halftime lead over the visiting Browns.
From there, Mahomes was tackled awkwardly on a play in the third quarter by a Browns defender that ended up hitting his helmet on the turf. Mahomes looked dizzy as he got up, and he was immediately visited by the team’s training staff in his second visit to the medical tent on the afternoon. From there, Mahomes was seen running into the locker room on his own—a good sign moving forward.
During the game, the Chiefs announced soon thereafter that Mahomes had been designated as out for the rest of the game, which meant the Chiefs had to turn to Chad Henne, his 35-year-old backup, to lead the offense for the rest of the game. The results were very pretty overall, but some gutsy plays on the final drive of the contest by Henne helped put the Browns away.
Further details will be forthcoming about Mahomes and his availability to play next Sunday as the Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship for the right to go to Super Bowl LV. At this point, however, things sound more promising than they did shortly after his injury.