The Kansas City Chiefs are playing in their fourth straight AFC Championship Game. Andy Reid’s squad hopes to leave with a third consecutive Super Bowl berth. Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals stand in Kansas City’s way. Still, these moments are when Patrick Mahomes shines the brightest.
The fifth-year quarterback can cement his place in the NFL history books with a win over the Bengals.
Patrick Mahomes can become the youngest QB in NFL history to start 3 Super Bowls
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are riding high after outlasting the Buffalo Bills in an overtime thriller during the Divisional Round. The 42-36 victory took a lot out of the two-time defending AFC champions. However, rest is for the weary, and Kansas City has turned its attention to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Mahomes’ efforts led the way for the Chiefs, and he’ll need some more magic to secure another win in the AFC Championship Game.
Taking down the Bengals won’t be an easy feat, but the Texas Tech product can make history if Kansas City gets it done.
According to Pro Football Talk, Mahomes can become the youngest quarterback (26 years old and 149 days old) in NFL history to start in three Super Bowls. Tom Brady currently holds the record.
Mahomes has led the Chiefs to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. Kansas City handled the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV. Mahomes took home MVP honors in the victory. Andy Reid and company ran it back in 2020 but suffered a blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
Making a third straight Super Bowl appearance could be a legacy-defining moment for Patrick Mahomes.
How the Chiefs signal-caller can outduel Joe Burrow and the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game
The AFC Championship Game will be the second meeting between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals. The kings of the AFC North got the better of the AFC West champs in Week 17. Both offenses put on a show, with the Bengals squeaking out the win via a game-winning Evan McPherson field goal.
All eyes will be on the two quarterbacks in the playoff rematch. Joe Burrow has put together an impressive sophomore campaign. He lit the Chiefs defense up in the first meeting, totaling 446 passing yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
On the other side of the field, Patrick Mahomes will be looking to build off his epic performance against the Bills. He threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 69 yards and added a score on the ground. The 26-year-old signal-caller has the hot hand heading into the matchup.
While Burrow has played well for most of 2021, Mahomes has the championship pedigree. He’s been here plenty of times. Kansas City’s passing attack should be able to exploit some weaknesses in Cincinnati’s secondary, too.
The Bengals have allowed the seventh-most passing yards to opposing offenses (248.3 yards per game). They could have a tough time slowing down Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. The Chiefs’ pass defense is no better and will also have its hands full.
Both teams featured high-powered offenses. Like the first meeting, the quarterback with the last possession could be the winner.
Mahomes is on pace to become an all-time great quarterback
Whether you love him or hate him, you cannot deny Patrick Mahomes’ greatness. All he does is win, and it’s been that way since the Chiefs selected him with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Kansas City has posted an unreal 50-13 record with Mahomes under center. The Tyler, Texas native has passed for 18,991 yards, 151 touchdowns, and 37 interceptions across five seasons.
Mahomes has continued to set himself apart from most of his peers. He doesn’t just dominate in the regular season. He’s just as good, if not better, in the postseason. The Chiefs signal-caller has thrown for 3,106 yards in the playoffs, with a stellar 25:5 touchdown-interception ratio.
The former Red Raiders standout quickly established himself as one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. From a pure talent perspective, he’s probably the best.
Patrick Mahomes is a gamer. He always rises to the occasion, regardless of the size of the stage. Joe Burrow and the Bengals won’t be an easy out, but this just feels like another Mahomes Magic game.
If the young quarterback leads Kansas City to Super Bowl LVI, he will add another notch to his already shiny belt.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.