Patrick Mahomes is amid another potential Super Bowl bid, which begins with a divisional-round matchup against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are coming off their first playoff win in over a decade. Before the two teams took the field, star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. may have made the costly mistake to trash talk Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chiefs’ impressive 2020 season
Coming off their first Super Bowl win in five decades, the Chiefs put together a stellar 2020 regular season.
Kansas City cruised throughout the campaign, finishing with the league’s best record at 14-2, and secured home-field advantage through the AFC playoff picture. Patrick Mahomes led the charge with another MVP-caliber campaign ranking second with 4,740 passing yards, fourth with 38 passing touchdowns, and third with a 108.2 passer rating.
The Chiefs have looked every bit the part of a team fully capable of vying for a second straight Super Bowl. Their offense demonstrated much balance as they ranked first in total offensive yards per game, passing yards per game, and sixth in points per game (29.6).
Kansas City is lined up to host the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Browns’ confidence is at an all-time high after coming off their first playoff win in over two decades. With all that in mind, star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. may have provided Patrick Mahomes with some extra motivation to beat the Browns.
Patrick Mahomes noticed Odell Beckham Jr.’s trash talk before facing the Browns
As if Patrick Mahomes needed more motivation to vie for another Super Bowl, he received just that.
Browns injured star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. sent out a tweet earlier this week stating that people shouldn’t be surprised to see Cleveland potentially beat Kansas City. It didn’t take long for Mahomes to take notice as he liked the tweet from Pro Bowl wideout.
The Chiefs star quarterback has since unliked Beckham Jr.’s tweet, but it’s quite clear that he has eyes everywhere on social media on what’s being said. The Chiefs are heavy favorites for Sunday’s matchup, which Mahomes clearly isn’t taking for granted by any means.
What he has found instead is additional motivation to lead the Chiefs a step closer to reaching the Super Bowl. The Browns present a unique challenge that could see them be pushed despite playing at home.
If anything, the focus is quite clear on the task ahead in what may be another career-defining moment for Mahomes.
Extra motivation to vie for the Super Bowl
If anything can be taken away from this situation, Odell Beckham Jr.’s confidence in his team over social media could backfire.
Patrick Mahomes hasn’t been one to talk about motivating factors concerning his craft,. However, Beckham Jr.’s tweet is one if there was any for him. Although it’s quite early in Mahomes’ career, he has plenty of playoff experience that should further prepare him for this situation.
If last year’s playoff run proved anything, the star quarterback could perform in any scenario. Mahomes helped guide his team back from multiple deficits in that postseason, including a 10-point fourth-quarter margin in the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Browns are largely inexperienced in this realm, with their first playoff berth in over a decade.
All this should foreseeably see the Chiefs come out with a strong showing on their home field to move to their third straight AFC title game appearance.