Kansas City Chiefs News

Super Bowl LVII injury report: Three Chiefs WRs sit out this week

Super Bowl LVII injury report: Three Chiefs WRs sit out this week

If Super Bowl LVII were being played Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs would be looking thin at wide receiver.But the game against the Philadelphia Eagles isn't until Feb. 12, giving Mecole Hardman, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney more time to heal in hopes of playing in the big game.Hardman (pelvis), Smith-Schuster (knee) and Toney (ankle, hamstring) did not practice this week. The Chiefs' estimated game status report marked Hardman as doubtful and the other two as questionable.NFL Network reported Thursday that Hardman was seeking second opinions on his injury to see if there was a way he could play. Hardman missed the second half of the regular season with the injury and was brought back in time for the AFC Championship Game, where he was able to play just 15 offensive snaps.Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (concussion) and linebacker Willie Gay (shoulder) were also estimated as questionable. Sneed hasn't practiced this week while Gay was limited each day.For the Eagles, cornerback Avonte Maddox was among those who sat out practice Friday due to a toe injury.Maddox was seen wearing a boot on his left foot at practice, but the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Eagles are holding him out as a precautionary measure and he will be able to play in the Super Bowl.
Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman unlikely to play vs. Eagles

Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman unlikely to play vs. Eagles

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman's availability to play in Super Bowl LVII is trending in the wrong direction, coach Andy Reid announced Thursday.Hardman initially sustained a pelvis injury during the Chiefs' 20-17 overtime victory versus the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 6. He returned from a lengthy layoff on Sunday before aggravating the injury in Kansas City's 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game."I doubt that he'll make the Super Bowl. He was not going to be denied the other day. That's a tribute to the kid. He (pushes) himself like no other. He's a tough, tough kid," Reid said.Hardman, fellow wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle), and cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (concussion) were not expected to practice on Thursday, per Reid. The coach, however, did share optimistic outlooks for Smith-Schuster and Toney, even going so far as to say Thursday that the former is in "in a good place" for the Super Bowl.As for Jalen Hurts, the Eagles quarterback said Thursday that his ailing shoulder continues to progress with each passing day.
Patrick Mahomes on Black QBs starting Super Bowl: 'It's special'

Patrick Mahomes on Black QBs starting Super Bowl: 'It's special'

Patrick Mahomes didn't mince words on Thursday when asked about the importance of having two Black quarterbacks start a Super Bowl for the first time in the history of the game.That's precisely what will happen on Feb. 12 when Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs tangle with Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz."To be on the world stage and have two Black quarterbacks starting in the Super Bowl, I think it's special," Mahomes said. "I've learned more and more about the history of the Black quarterback since I've been in this league and the guys that came before me and Jalen set the stage for this. And now, I'm just glad that we can set the stage for kids that are coming up now."Mahomes, 27, said he envisions Super Bowl LVII as an opportunity to continue moving the needle forward."I think you've seen over time, whenever a guy like Doug Williams, or Michael Vick, or Donovan McNabb go out and play great football, it gives other guys like me and Jalen chances to have this platform and to have this spot on an NFL team," Mahomes said. "And so, if we can continue to show that we can consistently be great, I think it'll just continue to open doors for other kids growing up to follow their dreams and to be a quarterback of an NFL team. And it's good that we have guys like Jalen on the other side because he's a great person and obviously a great quarterback."Doug Williams, Russell Wilson and Mahomes are the lone Black quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl.
SB LVII line shifts as Chiefs draw increased action

SB LVII line shifts as Chiefs draw increased action

The Philadelphia Eagles remain the favorite to win Super Bowl LVII, but the line has made a noticeable shift, with the public increasingly getting behind the Kansas City Chiefs.After the Eagles drew heavy early support following the conference championship games, the consensus line had moved back to Philadelphia -1.5 by Thursday.That included at BetMGM, where the line opened at 1.5 points but shot up to 2.5 by Monday morning. However, the sportsbook reported that by mid-week the action had largely evened out."From a futures perspective, a Chiefs-Eagles Super Bowl was a great outcome for the sportsbook," BetMGM sports trader Christian Cipollini said. "Right now we're seeing even action on both sides for the Super Bowl but that could change leading up to kickoff."However, Kansas and Massachusetts remained the only states receiving more spread-line money action on the Chiefs. By comparison, the other 17 states the sportsbook is live in reported more spread money flowing in on the Eagles.The line has also moved to 1.5 at BetRivers, FanDuel and DraftKings. The Eagles are still drawing 70 percent of the spread-line bets and 72 percent of the money at DraftKings as of Thursday -- the same splits as on Monday. They are also backed by 64 and 78 percent of the action, respectively, at BetRivers.
Eagles to wear home green jerseys in Super Bowl LVII

Eagles to wear home green jerseys in Super Bowl LVII

The Philadelphia Eagles will be wearing their green jerseys when they take the field against the Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz.The Eagles were given the choice of jersey color given that they are designated as the home team for the game on Feb. 12.Wearing green on the NFL's grandest stage is nothing new for Philadelphia, which has selected that jersey color in its three previous Super Bowl appearances. They were unsuccessful in green in both Super Bowl XV versus the then-Oakland Raiders and the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX, however they emerged victorious against New England in Super Bowl LII.
Bengals-Chiefs ratings hit 4-year high for championship game

Bengals-Chiefs ratings hit 4-year high for championship game

Sunday's AFC Championship Game between Cincinnati and Kansas City was the most-watched conference title game in four years.At an average of 53.124 million viewers, the ratings were an 11 percent increase over last year's AFC title game between the same teams. The Chiefs won Sunday's game 23-20 on a field goal in the final seconds.It was the most-watched conference championship game since the New England Patriots-Chiefs AFC title game five years ago (53.9M).
Eagles see majority of early action as Super Bowl spread shifts to -2

Eagles see majority of early action as Super Bowl spread shifts to -2

The early returns show that football bettors are lining up behind the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl LVII.After emerging as the slight favorites Sunday night after the conclusion of conference championship weekend, the Eagles have solidified as two-point favorites over the Kansas City Chiefs at some major sportsbooks.DraftKings Sportsbook revealed Monday evening that 70 percent of the total bets and 72 percent of the handle are backing the Eagles at -2. On the moneyline (-130), 57 percent of the handle is with Philadelphia.The story was similar at BetMGM, which opened Sunday night with the Chiefs as a -1.5 favorite before the odds swung the Eagles' way. Philadelphia enjoyed a -2.5 spread Monday morning, a number that has since settled back to -2.At BetMGM, the Eagles raked in 66 percent of the tickets and 69 percent of the handle. The moneyline still leaned Philadelphia's way as well, as the Eagles (-130) had earned 43 percent of the bets but 68 percent of the handle.
Eagles open as early Super Bowl favorites

Eagles open as early Super Bowl favorites

The Philadelphia Eagles are the early favorites to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12, according to DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM.DraftKings and BetMGM have Philadelphia listed at -130 odds to win its second Super Bowl in franchise history. BetMGM had the Eagles listed as 2.5-point favorites, while DraftKings had them favored by two points. FanDuel has their spread at -1.5 and the moneyline at -134.The Chiefs, who find themselves in the Super Bowl for the third time in the past four seasons, sit at +110 on DraftKings, +110 on BetMGM and +114 on FanDuel to win outright. Kansas City is seeking its third Super Bowl victory after winning Super Bowl IV after the 1969 season and Super Bowl LIV after the 2019 season.DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM all have the total currently at 49.5, with both the over and under sitting at -110.
Chiefs edge Bengals, 23-20, return to Super Bowl

Chiefs edge Bengals, 23-20, return to Super Bowl

Harrison Butker kicked the Kansas City Chiefs back to the Super Bowl.Butker made a 45-yard field goal and the Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20, to win the AFC Championship for the third time in the past four seasons on Sunday in Kansas City.Patrick Mahomes had 326 passing yards and two touchdowns and set up the game-winning kick on a scramble to his right with 12 seconds left in the game. As he crossed the sideline, Mahomes was shoved by Joseph Ossai, resulting in a 15-yard penalty to set up Butker's game-winning kick.Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, tight end Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, and Kansas City's defense had two interceptions and five sacks of Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.In a 20-20 tie, Burrow and the Bengals took over at their own 12-yard line with 2:30 to play but defensive tackle Chris Jones' second sack of the game forced Cincinnati to punt to rookie Skyy Moore, who caught the ball at the 18 with 35 seconds left and returned it to Kansas City's 47.The Bengals pounced on their first takeaway and recovered momentum in the final minute of the third quarter. From the shotgun, Mahomes faked a handoff to Isiah Pacheco but as he twisted his body to the right, he lost control of the ball. Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard came up with the ball at Kansas City's 46.The drive appeared to stall quickly but the Bengals went for it on fourth-and-6, and Burrow went deep for Ja'Marr Chase, who hauled the ball in at the 5. Two plays later, running back Samaje Perine churned into the end zone for a 2-yard score and knotted the game at 20 with 13:30 remaining.A hobbled Mahomes operated most of the second half without multiple key receivers due to injuries. He found Valdes-Scantling one step into the center of the end zone to put the Chiefs up 20-13, hooking up on third-and-10 for a 19-yard touchdown with 4:15 left in the third quarter. The 11-play drive covered 77 yards and was extended on a six-yard connection to Valdes-Scantling on the previous third down.
Chiefs CB L'Jarius Sneed exits on opening drive

Chiefs CB L'Jarius Sneed exits on opening drive

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed left Sunday's AFC Championship game on the opening drive to be evaluated for a concussion.Sneed lowered his head and collided with forward-charging Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine. He made the tackle but remained on the turf.Kansas City's top cover cornerback this season, Sneed was helped to the medical tent on the Chiefs' sideline as Patrick Mahomes and the offense took the field in the first quarter.
Eagles await as Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes lift Chiefs back to Super Bowl

Eagles await as Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes lift Chiefs back to Super Bowl

Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs return to the Super Bowl for the third time in four years, and the Philadelphia Eagles will be there waiting.The Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals to claim the AFC Championship and set up a showdown in Arizona in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12 with the Eagles, who fired Reid in 2012 after 14 seasons with the franchise."Here we come, Philly," Reid said in the postgame ceremony while receiving the Lamar Hunt Trophy.The Eagles' all-time winningest coach, Reid also appeared in five conference championship games during his run with the Philadelphia, but went to the Super Bowl just once, losing to the New England Patriots in the 2004 season.The Chiefs gritted out a win Sunday, closing out the 23-20 win on a Harrison Butker field goal from 45 yards out with three seconds to play.Now in his 10th season with the Chiefs, Reid leaned on defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo for a big assist Sunday night.Bengals quarterback Burrow was intercepted twice and sacked five times. Defensive tackle Chris Jones sacked Burrow twice, including on Cincinnati's final drive to force a punt in the final minute of the game."I didn't make the plays I needed to. They did a good job of creating one-on-one matchups up front to let their guys go," Burrow said. "We just weren't able to convert those last couple plays."The Bengals lost for the first time in 11 games and were seeking back-to-back Super Bowl appearances after losing to the Los Angeles Rams last February."The great thing about the NFL is that it's not just four years. You have years ahead of you where you can try to win again," Burrow said.
Reports: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (back) to play vs. Bengals

Reports: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (back) to play vs. Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is expected to suit up for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, multiple media outlets reported.Kelce is listed as questionable to play in the AFC title game after being a late addition to the injury report on Friday due to back spasms.Kelce recorded 14 catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs' 27-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 21.
Chiefs clear Patrick Mahomes for AFC title game; Travis Kelce (back) questionable

Chiefs clear Patrick Mahomes for AFC title game; Travis Kelce (back) questionable

If there had been any lingering doubt about star quarterback Patrick Mahomes' injury status, it was put to rest Friday when Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Mahomes will start Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.Mahomes suffered a right ankle injury, reported to be a high ankle sprain, in last Saturday's divisional round victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars."He's moving around (well)," Reid told reporters. "He can go out and play."Mahomes was injured when Arden Key of the Jacksonville Jaguars landed on his right leg during the first quarter of the divisional round. Mahomes fell awkwardly under the weight of Key's body and missed the second quarter before returning for the second half of the 27-20 victory.Mahomes first tested the leg in practice on Wednesday and was a full participant in practice all week. He carries no designation on Kansas City's final injury report of the week."When we get in the game, you know adrenaline is going to take over and you can make those throws when you need to," he said earlier in the week.
Bengals at Chiefs Odds, Props & Picks

Bengals at Chiefs Odds, Props & Picks

In the playoffs, there's no passer like Patrick Mahomes at home.Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs welcome the Bengals in the AFC Championship game Sunday in a repeat of the 2021 title game that sent Joe Burrow and Cincinnati to the Super Bowl. But there's a significant twist.Mahomes plans to play with a sprained right ankle and has lost three games in a row to the Bengals, including 27-24 on Dec. 4. His health and the groundswell of support for Burrow has the Chiefs as the underdog in the playoffs for the first time in Mahomes' career.Mahomes has been at his best on the big stage with 32 touchdowns (28 TD passes, four rushing) and three interceptions in 10 career home playoff starts.The tug of war for bettors has been evident since Sunday night, when most books had the Chiefs as favorites -- by 2 or 3 points -- only to see the Bengals favored by 2 as a consensus by midday Monday. But with Mahomes' status firmed up by the Chiefs and video evidence to support, the public forced a wild swing that had Kansas City favored by a point.Burrow, mind you, is 19-5 against the spread in his last 24 games as an underdog. Cincinnati is 9-0 in its last nine as an underdog.As of Friday morning, the Chiefs were a 1.5-point favorite and a low money line to win outright (-118 at FanDuel).BetMGM's handle on spread betting as of Noon ET Friday was 70-30 in favor of the Bengals. At DraftKings, the swing to give Cincinnati points pushed more money on straight spread bets toward the Bengals. DraftKings had 76 percent of the total spread handle on Cincinnati.Money line wagering was also leaning Cincinnati and tipped the two-thirds mark at DraftKings.The initial sprain forced him out of the Chiefs' divisional playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. He returned to the game with limited mobility, completing 22 of 30 passes for a season-low 195 yards with two touchdowns and was not sacked.He's 9-3 in 12 career playoff games with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions.Mahomes said the injury isn't as severe as his 2019 high ankle sprain or a toe injury two seasons ago, when he finished the season in a Super Bowl defeat at the hands of Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The difference will be in physical limitations on his right ankle and plant leg throwing from the pocket.Cincinnati has a 10-game winning streak and its most recent loss was to Cleveland on Halloween. Burrow would tie Russell Wilson for most wins (six) by a quarterback in their first three seasons if he can knock off the Chiefs again."He's got an edge to him," Bengals coach Zac Taylor said of Burrow. "I like that in our quarterback."
Futures faves: Preseason longshots Jalen Hurts, Eagles top Super Bowl futures board

Futures faves: Preseason longshots Jalen Hurts, Eagles top Super Bowl futures board

Hours before the first snap of the preseason in August, the odds on futures bets for Jalen Hurts as Super Bowl MVP and the Philadelphia Eagles claiming the Lombardi Trophy were astronomical.Entering Championship Sunday in the NFL, Hurts and the Eagles are the favorites for those limited-life futures.BetMGM lists Hurts at +300 for Super Bowl MVP, ahead of Patrick Mahomes (+325) of the Chiefs, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (+350) and 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (+700). 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (+1400) is the leading non-QB for the award, one slot ahead of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (+2500).In August, Hurts was +4000, meaning a $20 wager for the Super Bowl MVP future to cash would've carried a payout of $800 on a winning ticket.Recall the 2021 postseason run and Super Bowl appearance for the Cincinnati Bengals, who opened the regular season at +10000 to win the Super Bowl.The Eagles didn't climb quite that high from preseason to Sunday's championship game, but FoxBet offered Philadelphia at +3500. FanDuel listed the Eagles at +2200 and Caesars set the odds at +2000.At present, the Eagles have the best odds to win the Super Bowl among the NFL's final four teams with BetMGM offering Philadelphia at +240 ahead of the Chiefs (+260), Bengals (+275) and 49ers (+350).These markets are fluid and will fluctuate during and after the championship games this weekend. If live odds are offered and a wager is considered on a team to rally as the Chiefs did against the Buffalo Bills in the 2021 divisional round, take a gander at futures markets.As of Friday, the Eagles are +230 at FanDuel, then the Chiefs (+260), Bengals (+270) and 49ers (+320).Preseason Super Bowl MVP Odds (Caesars Sportsbook)Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (+750)Aaron Rodgers, Packers (+800)Josh Allen, Bills (+950)Matthew Stafford, Rams (+1400)Dak Prescott, Cowboys (+1600)Joe Burrow, Bengals (+1600)Lamar Jackson, Ravens (+1600)Russell Wilson, Broncos (+2000)Tom Brady, Buccaneers (+2000)Kyler Murray, Cardinals (+2000)
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (ankle) encouraged by progress

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (ankle) encouraged by progress

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues to make progress from the high ankle sprain he sustained last Saturday and he doesn't expect any serious challenges in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.Mahomes said Thursday that the real test will come later in the week."We'll see as we get closer and closer and we'll see during the game," he said. "You can't fully do exactly what you're going to be in those moments in the game but all I can do is prepare myself the best way possible."When we get in the game, you know adrenaline is going to take over and you can make those throws when you need to."Mahomes was injured when Arden Key of the Jacksonville Jaguars landed on his right leg during the first quarter of the divisional round. Mahomes fell awkwardly under the weight of Key's body and missed the second quarter before returning for the second half of the 27-20 victory.Mahomes tested the leg in practice on Wednesday and was encouraged and feels he will be close to full health on Sunday."You try to go as hard as you can and do exactly what you'd normally do on a normal Wednesday practice," Mahomes said. "Luckily, Wednesday isn't the hardest practice of the week but you're able to do some stuff and move here and there. Today will be another test. It will be a little harder practice for speed."But like I said, you're not going to be able to 100 percent prepare yourself for the game, but you do the best you can of putting yourself in those positions and hopefully by the end of the week you're in a better spot and you can go out there and do what you need to do to win."Kansas City coach Andy Reid also said Mahomes is on the right track."He did a nice job and was comfortable with what we did," Reid said. "... Just continue to work, not just with the ankle, but with the game plan and do what he has to do there."Reid wants Mahomes to use his normal mechanics when it comes to his throwing."His feet are doing OK right now," Reid said. "He can still move them so he's not throwing with all arm. But he's got a good enough arm. You've seen him do it where he will throw some balls flat-footed."
Joe Burrow, Bengals target another win over Chiefs

Joe Burrow, Bengals target another win over Chiefs

Only one quarterback in the NFL has three consecutive wins against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and he'll have the striped orange helmet in the AFC championship game in Kansas City on Sunday night.Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals (14-4) can return to the Super Bowl by eliminating Mahomes and the Chiefs (15-3) in the conference title game for the second year in a row."Last time we played him, he didn't make a mistake all game," Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton said Wednesday of Burrow.That last time was Dec. 4, a 27-24 win for the host Bengals that was near the middle of the team's current 10-game winning streak.Cincinnati's most recent loss was to Cleveland on Halloween. Burrow would tie Russell Wilson for most wins (six) by a quarterback in their first three seasons if he can knock off the Chiefs again."He's got an edge to him," Bengals coach Zac Taylor said of Burrow. "I like that in our quarterback."He hasn't been intercepted in his past three playoff games. In three starts against the Chiefs, Burrow has nine TDs (one rushing), one interception and a combined passer rating of 121."They know us, we know them," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.A takeaway on a fumble by Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce turned the game at Cincinnati at December in the fourth quarter, and kicker Harrison Butker missed a 55-yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime.Mahomes will start his fifth conference championship game. His overall playoff record is 9-3, and he has 32 touchdowns (28 TD passes, four rushing) and three interceptions in 10 career home playoff starts.But Mahomes is dealing with a sprain of his upper right ankle. The initial sprain forced him out of the Chiefs' divisional playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. He returned to the game with limited mobility, completing 22 of 30 passes for a season-low 195 yards with two touchdowns and was not sacked.The expectation from the Chiefs is more shotgun formation and the max-protection looks Kansas City showed in the second half of the divisional playoffs.If he's operating within a designed barricade in the pocket this week, the Chiefs know the drill. Even though Kansas City leads the NFL with pass attempts on the move, Mahomes also had an NFL-best 34 TD passes from the pocket (41 total TD passes)."They're just a physical team. They play physical, from start to finish, all four quarters," Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said.From Mahomes' view behind center, he said the challenge of solving the Bengals' defense is the ever-changing approach behind a defensive line without a weakness. In the AFC championship game last season, defensive end Trey Hendrickson had 1.5 sacks and Sam Hubbard had two sacks and a forced fumble.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes ready for 'challenge' of Bengals

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes ready for 'challenge' of Bengals

Patrick Mahomes participated in the morning walkthrough and will do the same in afternoon practice with the Chiefs on Wednesday, marking the latest sign that Kansas City's All-Pro quarterback will play in the AFC Championship game on Sunday."Everybody is going to practice," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday in preparation for his conference championship game and fifth in a row with Kansas City.The Chiefs (15-3) welcome the Cincinnati Bengals (14-4) to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night (6:30 p.m. ET, CBS) to decide the conference representative in the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year.Mahomes has been at his best on the big stage with 32 touchdowns (28 TD passes, four rushing) and three interceptions in 10 career home playoff starts.But Mahomes is dealing with a sprain of his upper right ankle. The initial sprain forced him out of the Chiefs' divisional playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. He returned to the game with limited mobility, completing 22 of 30 passes for a season-low 195 yards with two touchdowns and was not sacked."A few days of treatment, a few days of rehab ... it's feeling good so far," Mahomes said.Mahomes said he underwent testing and began treatment hours after the playoff win. He's 9-3 in 12 career playoff games with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions."It's a full-day thing," he said. "I haven't been at the house much. When I am, it's either studying or going to sleep."Mahomes said the injury isn't as severe as his 2019 high ankle sprain or a toe injury two seasons ago. The difference will be in physical limitations on his right ankle and plant leg throwing from the pocket.
Andy Reid: Patrick Mahomes will play in AFC Championship

Andy Reid: Patrick Mahomes will play in AFC Championship

Patrick Mahomes first said it. Now Kansas City head coach Andy Reid confirmed it -- the Chiefs' quarterback will play in next week's AFC Championship Game against Cincinnati.Reid told reporters Monday that Mahomes is "doing OK" after sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Saturday's divisional playoff victory over Jacksonville.Mahomes declared himself fit to play hours after the injury on Saturday, saying, "I'll be good to go.""Obviously, I have a lot of adrenaline going right now, so we'll see how it feels," Mahomes said then. "But I'll hop right in the treatment and try to do whatever I can to be as close to 100 percent by next week. Luckily for us, we played the early game on Saturday, so we get an extra almost half a day that I can let that ankle rest."
Patrick Mahomes returns to lead Chiefs past Jags, into AFC championship

Patrick Mahomes returns to lead Chiefs past Jags, into AFC championship

Patrick Mahomes returned from an ankle injury and Travis Kelce caught two touchdown passes as the Kansas City Chiefs recorded a 27-20 victory over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the fifth straight season.Mahomes missed most of the second quarter due to the right ankle injury. He completed 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns, and backup quarterback Chad Henne also threw a scoring pass.Kelce's 14 receptions (for 98 yards) tied for third most in NFL postseason history and Marquez Valdes-Scantling added a touchdown catch for Kansas City. Nick Bolton (fumble) and Jaylen Watson (interception) each had key takeaways in the fourth quarter.The top-seeded Chiefs will face either the second-seeded Buffalo Bills or third-seeded Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC title game. The Bills and Bengals meet Sunday.Trevor Lawrence was 24-of-39 passing for 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the fourth-seeded Jaguars. Travis Etienne rushed for a touchdown and Christian Kirk had a scoring reception.Jacksonville trailed by 10 entering the final quarter but traveled 75 yards on seven plays to move within 20-17 on Etienne's 4-yard run with 11:49 remaining.Mahomes countered with his own 75-yard touchdown drive. On the 10th play, he tossed a 6-yard scoring pass to Valdes-Scantling to push the lead back to 10 with 7:08 left.Lawrence guided the Jaguars on another drive but Jamal Agnew fumbled the ball at the Kansas City 4-yard line with Bolton recovering with 5:29 remaining.On Jacksonville's next drive, Lawrence was intercepted by Watson with 3:48 left. Riley Patterson later kicked a 48-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining but his ensuing onside kick was recovered by Kansas City's Kadarius Toney with 25 seconds left.Mahomes was hurt late in the first quarter on a play in which he was tackled by Jacksonville's Corey Peters and Arden Key. Mahomes fell awkwardly to the ground as Key fell on Mahomes' right lower leg.Henne replaced Mahomes with 9:59 left in the second quarter and drove the Chiefs 98 yards on 12 plays for a touchdown.