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Saturday afternoon featured the biggest game in the very young career of Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the stage wasn’t too big for the former Red Raider. Mahomes became the first former Big 12 quarterback to win an NFL playoff game as the Chiefs thrashed the Indianapolis Colts 31-13 and now the stage is set for the first ever AFC Championship game to be played at Arrowhead Stadium.
The fact had been brought up time and time again on the national sports networks this week that Kansas City hadn’t won a home playoff game since 1994 when a guy named Joe Montana reinvigorated the franchise in his swan song season. There was a lot at stake for Mahomes, Andy Reid, and company.
First, the victory over the Colts breaks the cycle of home playoff losses for the Chiefs and brings them a game closer to their first Super Bowl since they called a 65 Toss Power Trap on the poor Minnesota Vikings and won Super Bowl IV. For those of you keeping score at home, this was E.J. Holub’s last game as a professional.
Reid needed this win to help justify his move in the past offseason to send Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins and give the keys to the kingdom to Mahomes. All of the stats and highlights would have been little consolation with a loss to the Colts and keeps the ongoing narrative that Mahomes can’t win the big game. MVP Awards are great, but winning a Super Bowl is even better.
Mahomes had a ho hum day going 27 of 41 passing for 278 yards wit no touchdowns and no interceptions. The Chiefs ran for 180 yards on offense and the defense controlled the Colts frontline most of the day not allowing Andrew Luck to get much going offensively.
Now the Chiefs get an extra day to prepare as they will host the greatest dynasty the NFL has ever seen in the New England Patriots. The Patriots pulled out an amazing 43-40 victory earlier this season, but the Arrowhead crowd should be on another level for this matchup of the greatest quarterback of the last twenty-five years versus the man who could be greatest for the next twenty-five.
Special Contributor to Raiderland – Allen Corbin