In their second straight trip to the AFC Championship Game, the Kansas City Chiefs made up for their shortcomings a year ago by moving past the Tennessee Titans. It has effectively snapped a 50-year Super Bowl drought, which was previously the third-longest in the NFL. Beyond that, it’s also a moment that star quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been waiting for the entire season.
Chiefs top Titans in AFC Title Game
Kansas City got off to another slow start that saw them fall behind 10-0 in the first quarter, which included trailing 17-7. But like the divisional-round win over the Houston Texans, the Chiefs responded in a significant way by taking control of the game by scoring the next 28 points.
Mahomes was a massive factor with his arm and legs as he racked up 294 passing yards with three touchdown passes along with 53 rushing yards and a touchdown. That included an impressive 27-yard touchdown scramble late in the second quarter right before halftime. He was the driving force that helped put the Chiefs on top in a contest that they controlled throughout behind their balanced offensive attack.
The Titans made things interesting in the final few minutes with a touchdown drive, but the Chiefs defense stepped with a turnover on downs to seal the win.
Patrick Mahomes gets his chance in the Super Bowl
The Chiefs took full advantage of the opportunity to play in the AFC title game the second time around by edging out the Titans. It saw Mahomes lead the way with his play as he became Chiefs’ all-time postseason passing touchdown record while surpassing Hall of Famer Dan Marino for the most career touchdown passes through his first 35 games played.
He has tied Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (11) for most passing touchdowns through his first four career playoff games. Patrick Mahomes also became the third player ever to win an MVP and make the Super Bowl in his first three seasons, joining Marino and Warner. It’s something that Mahomes has been waiting all year to get his chance at redemption in the AFC Championship Game to play in the Super Bowl 54. (H/T ESPN)
“I mean, it’s amazing. It really is,” Mahomes said. “To be here, to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom and to be able to do it here at Arrowhead, these people deserve it. And, we’re not done yet.”
Mahomes stepped up when the Chiefs needed him most that saw him join Hall of Famer Joe Montana as the only players to have at least 250 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, and at least 50 rushing yards in multiple postseason games. Mahomes also became only the sixth quarterback since 1950 to notch multiple games with 50-plus rushing yards in a single postseason, joining the likes of Montana, Otto Graham, Steve McNair, Colin Kaepernick, and Russell Wilson.
With the Chiefs one step closer by reaching the Super Bowl, Mahomes will have the opportunity to make an everlasting mark on his legacy and NFL history.
Chiefs face tough challenge in Super Bowl 54
The Chiefs are rolling heading into Super Bowl 54, playing their best football of the year behind Mahomes, who has further cemented his status as one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Kansas City awaits the winner of the NFC title game that will feature the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. These two teams were near the top of the league throughout the year, which makes either opponent a tough challenge.
San Francisco has tremendous balance on both sides of the ball led by their stout defense. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense has excelled in the first under head coach Matt LaFleur. Nonetheless, the Chiefs will have their hands full in Super Bowl 54.