Months After Peyton Manning Project, Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes Hugs Quarterback Rival Kirk Cousins

Published 10/08/2023, 9:36 PM EDT

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The Kansas City Chiefs rolled into U.S. Bank Stadium with a vengeance, and boy, did they bring the thunder! They made those Minnesota Vikings taste the sweet, sweet turf as they danced their way to a 27-20 victory. The beloved Chiefs’ superstar QB, Patrick “Showtime” Mahomes, lit up the field with a pair of dazzling touchdowns. 

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After a nail-biting week that left us all scratching our heads, the Chiefs bounced back like the reigning champs they are. Forcing us to recall the New York Jets showdown? Rough, but they managed to snatch a win. Fast forward to this week, and it’s like a whole different team took the field. Week 5, meet the new and improved Chiefs—they’re back in the game and ready to reclaim their throne. 

Did Mahomes and Cousins just ‘hug’ it out?

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This week’s showdown was extra special for the Kansas City Chiefs’ golden boy, Patrick Mahomes. It marked a historic first-time clash between Mahomes and the Viking’s star QB, Kirk “You Like That” Cousins. The stadium was buzzing with excitement!

However, the action didn’t end on the field. After the final whistle blew, something heartwarming unfolded right before our eyes. Mahomes and Cousins, two gridiron giants, shared a heartfelt hug. Meanwhile, on the sideline, Vikings HC Kevin O’Connell and the Chiefs’ head honcho, Andy Reid, were deep in a passionate football convo.

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Mahomes and Cousins both made their mark in Peyton Manning and Netflix’s documentary, ‘Quarterback.’ The two didn’t share the screen, but now have finally met face to face, and it was a sight to watch. Not just Mahomes, but Kirk Cousins even had the pleasure of meeting his mother Randi Mahomes. 

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Pat Mahomes Sr. in the house

Mahomes’ old man, The legendary Pat Mahomes Sr., former Twins pitcher turned the lucky charm! The last time Senior Mahomes graced the gridiron sidelines, the Chiefs were hoisting that Super Bowl trophy high for the second time. Coincidence? We think not! With Daddy Mahomes back in the house, the Chiefs snagged their fourth W of the season.

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But it looks like the drama followed luck. In the second quarter, the Chiefs’ trusty tight end, Travis Kelce, took a spill on that artificial turf, suffering a leg injury. And this isn’t the first time it’s happened this season! With more and more players getting tangled up in the turf, the big question looms: What’s the NFL gonna do about it?

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Watch This Story: Ahead of the Vikings Clash, Chiefs TE Travis Kelce Opens Up on Putting Patrick Mahomes ‘In a Tough Spot’

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Jhelum Mehta

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Jhelum Mehta is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports who seamlessly intertwines her fervor for sports with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. Graduating with honors, her writing reflects a unique fusion of literary acumen and astute sports analysis. Her journey as a wordsmith began after completing her studies, where she embarked on a path to articulate the dynamic world of the NFL.
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