Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs made their way to a 22-17 win over AFC North opponents, Cleveland Browns, on Sunday. The AFC West champions lost star quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the 3rd quarter to a concussion.
It was backup QB Chad Henne who stepped in and ensured the Chiefs booked a spot in yet another AFC Championship game. The Baker Mayfield-led Cleveland Browns had the opportunity to make the most of Mahomes’ absence.
They had one entire quarter to catch up to the Chiefs but ultimately fell 7 points short at the Arrowhead Stadium last evening. In doing so, the defending Super Bowl champions ensured that they would take on the Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills on home turf this Sunday.
In doing so, they equaled an NFL post-season record held by the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Chiefs are now on par with the Eagles as the only two teams in NFL playoff history to host 3 straight conference championship games. What is common between these 2 impressive feats? Veteran NFL coach Andy Reid.
Reid was the Eagles’ Head Coach between 1999-2012. He joined KC soon after and led them to their first Super Bowl title since 1970. He has a 237-144-1 record as an NFL Head Coach (including playoff games).
Fans will be sweating on the fitness of Patrick Mahomes who remains a doubt for Sunday’s AFC decider. But coach Reid has called for peace in order to assess the situation and make sure his prized asset is fit to feature in arguably the team’s toughest fixture of the season.
The Bills have been dominant in the post-season thus far. Josh Allen and WR Stefon Diggs have turned into a formidable pair, almost on par with Mahomes and Kelce. This game has great promise in the build-up but all of that will be anti-climactic if Mahomes misses out. Fingers crossed, we hope to see number 15 on the field at the Arrowhead Stadium.