Kansas City Chiefs: Team Survives Cleveland Browns Scare
The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a major scare in the third quarter when superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes left the game with a concussion. He did not return to the game. Chad Henne played hero by completing a fourth-and-inches pass late in the game as Kansas City took down the Cleveland Browns by a final score of 22-17.
The Chiefs had a 19-3 lead at one point in this football game. Kansas City has played extremely close games this season and they escaped once again with this one.
If Patrick Mahomes is unavailable to play next weekend for the Kansas City Chiefs, it is going to be bad news for the Chiefs. Chad Henne isn’t bad, but he isn’t a starting quarterback in the NFL for a reason.
Mahomes is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of the Kansas City Chiefs. It looked like for a moment they were going to lose the football game without his presence.
Patrick Mahomes completed 21-of-30 passes for 255 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 14 yards on three carries and a touchdown for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Mahomes is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL for a reason. We will see if he feels the same next weekend if he is able to play or not.
Chad Henne completed 6-of-8 passes for 66 yards and one interception. He also rushed for 12 yards on two carries.
With Clyde Edwards-Helaire out of the lineup, Darrel Williams shined in the backfield. Williams rushed for 78 yards on 13 carries. He also caught four passes for 16 yards receiving.
Tyreek Hill caught eight passes for 110 yards receiving.
Travis Kelce caught four passes for 109 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Mecole Hardman Jr. caught four passes for 58 yards receiving.
These were the best three wide receiving targets on the field in this football game for the Kansas City Chiefs. Sammy Watkins was out with an injury for the Chiefs.
This offense is so unstoppable in many different ways because of the different dimensions they throw at opposing defenses.
They will be heading to the AFC Championship Game for the third consecutive season and this is the first time any team was the home team for it for three consecutive seasons since the 2002-2004 Philadelphia Eagles.
Andy Reid coached both of those football teams. Kansas City is still alive in the back-to-back quest. The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to be the first team to do it since the 2004 and the 2005 New England Patriots.
The Cleveland Browns (12-6) season is complete and they have a bright future ahead of themselves.
The Kansas City Chiefs (15-2) will host the Buffalo Bills (15-3) in the AFC Championship Game next Sunday. These two teams met each other in 1994 in the AFC Championship and Buffalo won that contest also.
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