By Harvey Hoffman
Just how good is Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes?
All week there were reports about his concussion and turf toe.
And then last night he led Kansas City to a surprising easy 38-24 win over the Buffalo Bills in the AFC championship game.
They’ll play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady — whose Pats handed Mahomes and the Chiefs an AFC championship loss a couple seasons ago — in Super Bowl LV.
The Bills were a more dominant team over the second half of the season, a Hail Mary from winning 12 in a row before the AFC title game. It didn’t matter. The Chiefs can turn it on when they need to. The way they outclassed the Bills Sunday was proof that when they play their best, they are clearly the top team in football.
The Chiefs can probably count on playing late into the postseason for many more years, as long as Mahomes is their quarterback.
Mahomes left the divisional round game against the Cleveland Browns with a concussion. When Mahomes has been on the field this postseason, the Chiefs’ offense has been unstoppable.
Mahomes was incredible against the Bills, despite coming off the concussion and dealing with a reported turf toe injury. He made his typical trick passes that nobody else can pull off. He peppered Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill with precision passes all night. He was 29-of-38 for 325 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Aaron Rodgers will win MVP and Josh Allen might get the second-most votes, but Mahomes is the best quarterback in the NFL.
The Chiefs fell behind 9-0, mostly due to Mecole Hardman’s muffed punt. Kansas City scored 38 of the next 44 points in the game. Bills coach Sean McDermott kicked field goals on fourth-and-short twice, seemingly unaware that short field goals aren’t going to beat Mahomes and the Chiefs. The Bills simply weren’t ready to compete with the Chiefs on a championship stage.
K.C. put the game away in the fourth quarter. Rashad Fenton picked off Allen and had a 30-yard return. Mahomes lofted a 5-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce on third-and-goal shortly afterward. Mahomes gave a big fist pump and a yell after Kelce scored, punctuating his second AFC championship.