Weather could be a factor in Patrick Mahomes’ playoff debut

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The Chiefs drafted quarterback Patrick Mahomes for days like this. But not for days like this.

It’s snowing in Kansas City, with a winter storm warning in place until 7:00 p.m. ET. And as the snow falls and the wind whips and the natural grass becomes slick (after the tarp is removed), Mahomes could have a harder time doing Mahomes things.

If the conditions affect the passing game, the advantage could flip to the Colts, who can pound it behind a great offensive line. The Chiefs would benefit under those circumstances from the return of Spencer Ware, who last played in Week 14 against the Ravens. (He’s listed as questionable.) Ware would complement Damien Williams, who rushed for more than 100 yards in Week 16 against Seattle’s potent run defense.

Even if the game is affected by the weather, it’s hard to imagine Mahomes not finding a way to shine. His uncanny skills include the ability to always color within the lines, not doing more than he’s capable of doing. He’ll likely know what he’s capable of doing in this kind of weather, and he’ll likely find a way to do it.

38 responses to “Weather could be a factor in Patrick Mahomes’ playoff debut

  1. If the Colts win this because they are able to pound the rock behind their OL then Chris Ballard deserves a lot of credit. Frank Reich also. Any finally, Jim Irsay, who has kept his mouth shut – and hence, distractions – to a minimum.

  2. If the conditions affect the passing game, the advantage could flip to the Colts, who can pound it behind a great offensive line

    KC had the 16th ranked rushing offense from 2018; the Colts were ranked 20th. So how exactly do the Colts have the advantage here?

  3. turtlehut says:

    January 12, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Luck played at Stanford, plays in a dome and in the AFC South.
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    Luck at least has experience playing in cold weather/snowy games from his previous seasons. But ultimately, I don’t think this kind of weather really ever gives one team a significant advantage.

  4. The weather today in KC(snow and then mixed precip around kick-off)being what it is, the MVP of this game might be the winner’s equipment manager. Here’s hoping Allen Wright(KC) has not forgotten his awesome set of tools.

  5. This happens every post season. Out of sight, out of mind syndrome. The lesser wild card round team looked great the prior week so the media thinks they are equal to the bye week #1 or #2 seed team…..until the game starts and reality hits.

  6. Hahaha one minute being fitted for a HoF jacket the next excuses before the game in case he just cant yet wear that golden jacket.

  7. It doesn’t matter. The evil empire will once again show who the real AFC daddy is once again. Their timing is impeccable. It doesn’t matter how the regular season has gone, its knockout time.16 games mean diddly when you have another week to put it right. You wish you hadn’t got this far when Evil Hoody and Terrible Tommy either ride into your town or you ride into theirs. It will be ” if we had done this or if the ref had done that” all over again.

  8. jasons81 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 10:19 am
    If the conditions affect the passing game, the advantage could flip to the Colts, who can pound it behind a great offensive line

    KC had the 16th ranked rushing offense from 2018; the Colts were ranked 20th. So how exactly do the Colts have the advantage here?

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Because the Colts have won 10 of the last 11. ( ignore the fact that the wins came against horrible to mediocre teams.
    Because the Colts beat a overrated Texans team with a one hit wonder QB, and now the country thinks they are the next dynasty team.
    The Colts ran for XXX yards against the Texans. Yea, the Chiefs could have done the same.
    One so-called “expert” fell in love with a overrated Colts team, and now all the other “experts” follow along like sheep

  9. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 11:54 am
    Dude,not a colts fan, but they made the final 8. How are they overrated again?

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    Dude. Dude…and Dude
    Look at the teams in their division. The Bad News Bears could have won the AFC South.They are just the best in a division of mediocre teams.
    Overrated.. Yes. Look at who they have beat. NOBODY

  10. geobh says:

    domed stadiums should be banned. football is supposed to be played in the elements.
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    I agree. And I’m a Cowboy fan who lives 10 minutes from Jerry World.

  11. geobh says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:26 am
    domed stadiums should be banned. football is supposed to be played in the elements.

    Yeah, with leather helmets, no pads or facemasks and the goal posts on the goal line and without heaters, replays and only 11 or 12 games.

    Hot or cold weather, residents acclimate, vistors sweat or shiver. But the league should not send NE to Miami in Sept or Miami to NE in December.

  12. The days of hiring a HC that actually understands both sides of the ball are gone…Coaches rise to quickly and fail more often than not because they lack experience and knowledge of the whole game and how to fix problems on the side that is not there forte…..

  13. As long as it doesn’t rely on Coach Reid’s time management at the end of a close game, the Chiefs will be okay!

  14. Don’t know if Mahomes has faced this specific kind of winter weather before, but he’s not a a stranger to cold weather.
    He played college ball at Texas Tech in Lubbock. Which may be in Texas but is also part of the Great Plains weather wise, just like KC. He’s played cold weather games in Kansas as well.

  15. jasons81 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 10:19 am

    If the conditions affect the passing game, the advantage could flip to the Colts, who can pound it behind a great offensive line

    KC had the 16th ranked rushing offense from 2018; the Colts were ranked 20th. So how exactly do the Colts have the advantage here?

    Those rankings include Kareem Hunt’s numbers. The Colts have had the better rushing attack than KC since Hunt’s departure. How quickly “we” forget such a major factor.

  16. I wouldn’t normally root for that underhanded Colts franchise, but I’d rather them win today and welcome them into Foxboro next week for their usual karmic beating. They haven’t been any good for a while, so we in New England have missed the sweet taste of embarssing them in the playoffs for however many years they’ve been absent from them.

  17. Let the excuses begin for chiefs’ fans.

    Their biggest problem isn’t the weather – it’s their porous defense.

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