“That’s the Championship Swagger”- Patrick Mahomes Respects Hustle Shown by Hill During Chase Down Tackle Against Falcons

Published 12/28/2020, 10:42 AM EST
Nov 1, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) is congratulated by quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and tight end Nick Keizer (48) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


By virtue of Younghoe Koo’s missed field goal attempt, the Kansas City Chiefs eked out a tight win against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The win took the Chiefs to a 14-1 record and confirmed the all-important AFC top seed for the franchise.

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The low-scoring tie could have had a very different outcome had the Falcons converted a Patrick Mahomes interception in the 3rd quarter into a pick 6.

The Chiefs, 3rd and Goal, at the Falcons 7 yard line, were tied 7-7 with the Falcons. With the pocket collapsing, Mahomes ended up throwing an uncharacteristic pass straight at Falcons linebacker Foyesade Oluokun.

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Oluokun ended up breaking multiple tackles and look set to score a pick 6. However, Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill had other ideas.

Hill ran the length of the pitch to dispossess the linebacker to keep the game level. The wide receiver’s tackle did not go unnoticed, and Patrick Mahomes lauded the heart showed by Hill on the play.

Hill’s tackle crucial to the outcome of the game

Known by fans as the ‘Cheetah’, Hill’s speed was on display during the chase down tackle. Talking to the media after the game, Mahomes applauded the WR’s effort.

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“I mean that’s the heart and the championship swagger that you need on a team,” Mahomes said.

Hill, who has had a difficult spell with injuries of late, showed that he is ready to put in his all for the team. “I mean, the fact that he’s been battling through injuries already to be out there during that game, and then to make that play…

“For him to follow the ball in play. You have to have those type of guys on your team if you want to win football games,” Mahomes added.

Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs seal crucial playoff bye

Patrick Mahomes’ 25-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson was enough to get his side the quintessential win on Sunday against the Falcons.

This is the fourth time in the franchise’s history that they have managed to claim the NFC top seed. The win also helped the team match their winning record with their 10th straight win.

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Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The top seed gives the Chiefs a first-round bye and home advantage during their first playoff game. The bye will provide a crucial window for Chiefs players to recuperate from the knocks sustained through the regular season.

With the top seed confirmed, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if the Chiefs decide to rest some key players for their tie against the LA Rams in their last regular-season game.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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