Chiefs Triumph Over Patriots 23-16, Clinch Division Title in New England

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. left, passes under pressure from New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower, right, in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Kansas City Chiefs wore the T-shirts and ball caps they had ready for the occasion after they clinched their fourth consecutive AFC West championship with Sunday’s 23-16 victory over the New England Patriots.

But not all the news was favorable for the 9-4 Chiefs afterward. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was scheduled to have X-rays after injuring his passing hand early in the game.

“It doesn’t feel great right now,” said Mahomes, who played the whole game and threw for 283 yards and a touchdown. “It’s something you play with. In this sport you’re going to get hurt. You’re going to bang something. For me, it’s about going out there and competing and relying on my teammates to help me out when maybe I’m not feeling 100 percent.”

Mahomes landed awkwardly after throwing a pass and being hit. Mahomes still managed to throw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman, but the Chiefs didn’t score after taking a 23-7 lead with a field goal six minutes into the third quarter.

“I just kind of hit the ground weird when I was kind of throwing that ball away and got hit,” he said. “I got tackled right as I threw it away. I knew something was wrong but I didn’t know for sure and I tried to fire that next pass and it didn’t look too pretty. So kind of let the trainers look at it. They gave me the ‘Good to go.’ So I went out there, battled, figured out ways to throw the ball across the middle, maybe not shoot those longs shots I usually throw.”

Mahomes said he never asked to come out of the game, and coach Andy Reid said it was never a consideration to take him out.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Adam Teicher