Chiefs lose Patrick Mahomes, still beat Browns to go to AFC Championship Game

Divisional Round - Cleveland Browns v Kansas City Chiefs
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The Chiefs are heading to the AFC Championship Game. With or without Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes was knocked out of the game with a concussion and replaced with Chad Henne in the fourth quarter, and when Henne threw a terrible interception into the end zone, it appeared that the Browns were in great position to come back and win the game.

But Henne then worked his magic, rushing for 13 yards on third-and-14 and then throwing a short pass for the game-sealing first down on fourth-and-1.

Mahomes had been having one of his usual strong games, completing 21 of 30 passes for 255 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Henne went 6-for-8 for 66 yards.

For the Browns, Baker Mayfield turned in a solid if not spectacular game, completing 23 of 37 passes for 204 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

The Browns will spend a long offseason wondering what could have been if only a couple of key plays had been changed, most notably a fumble into the end zone at the 1-yard line that gave the Chiefs the ball just as the Browns were about to score a touchdown. The officials missed a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Chiefs that would have negated that fumble.

Aside from that call, the talk of this game will be the injury to Mahomes, and the stellar play of Henne on the final drive. And the talk of this week will be whether Mahomes can return for the AFC Championship Game against the Bills.

103 responses to “Chiefs lose Patrick Mahomes, still beat Browns to go to AFC Championship Game

  1. Andy Reid had to win the game because Mahomes got hurt, and he did. Hats off to Andy Reid!

  2. Browns got beat by a back up QB had all the calls and momentum in second half and still go home losers.

  3. Gritty finish by Henne. If mahomes isn’t cleared we will be seeing Buffalo in the SB. Good game Cleveland.

  4. Browns looked awful. Dont they have like two or three first or early first round picks on the d line? KC looked awesom of defense and Cleveland looked like they havent been there before.
    As just an observer, the coach of Cleveland was over his head and d coach had no clue today. They looked confused and out of sink the whole game,

  5. Finally an entertaining game this weekend. Henne will have a statue erected to him if they go on and win it all.

  6. Chiefs have zero chance against any of the remaining NFC QB greats if they don’t somehow manufacture more pass rush than they had today, which was absolutely flat out NONE. ZERO pressure. Rodgers, Brees, or Brady, any of them will put up 50+ with no pass rush, and the Chiefs, at least today, simply had none. Zero.

  7. Now if we follow the proper concussion protocol THERE’S NO WAY Mahomes is cleared to play by next weekend. We shall see

  8. The NFL owes an apology for not calling that play at the end of the half. The Browns would have won the game

  9. I love this CBS team of Nantz and Romo. Make football more fun.

    Andy Reid is a genius. Amazing game. Henne made up for that horrible INT with the first down run.

    Browns and Stefanski can be proud of their perfomance.

  10. The call by Andy to throw on 4th and 1, in an obvious “just try to get them to go off o sides play” was shocking.

  11. That was incredible. I bet Eric Bienemy is the talk of the town all week and probably secures a HC job after that. Chad Henne with the big assist.

  12. Vegas just chopped KC’s Super Bowl odds, to reach the game let alone win. Time to buy if you believe or time to sell your futures bet.

  13. Cleveland’s defense couldn’t capitalize when Henne was in the game. They had two big lapses in the final drive that cost them a chance to get the ball back and possibly drive for the winning touchdown.

  14. Ravens fan here. Congrats Browns on a great season and getting back to the playoffs. The AFCN is shaping up to be one of the best divisions again.

  15. Brown’s defense can hold this L. All you had to do was stop Chad Henne…

  16. Terrible loss for the Factory, you cant let Henne run for that 14 yard play where’s the defense?? Mahomes goes down and they still cant win. Good season for the BRowns but still lose.

  17. Hey if your any coach on any team dont you tell your offence, touch the PYLON with the ball its a td. Not try to fly in the air with the ball and hope when you it the ground it doesnt pop out, hit or no hit, STUPIDO

  18. That was a fun game. The Bills in the AFC Championship game, the Browns almost in… can we stop the nonsense and all agree that despite a few “almost good” years, the Bengals are the worst NFL franchise in most of our lifetimes?

  19. You play to win the game. I chalk that interception up to Chad Henne not having complete chemistry with the guys but he sure made up for it on that 3rd down run. Similar to when Josh McCown literally put everything he had on the line for the Eagles. First guys like them, despite their age, its the only playoff shot they’ve had in their careers while actually being in the game and it shows.

  20. The Chiefs have played bad for half the season, they’ve let teams get back in the game every game and still figured out a way to win. Today they play very good and lose Patrick, and STILL come back to win. I don’t know how much chance I give them next week if Patrick is out, but this is a TEAM, not just a superstar.

  21. guitarkevin says:
    January 17, 2021 at 6:13 pm
    Ravens fan here. Congrats Browns on a great season and getting back to the playoffs. The AFCN is shaping up to be one of the best divisions again.
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    Really. They had like five or six great low first round picks and should have been in at least one super bowl and contending years ago not looking like, wow were so lucky to be here.
    There two top d linemen were on the sidelines a lot gasping for air like they were terrible out of shape not playing for their dreams

  22. No Dog in this fight, but hopefully it won’t be a non call that decides anymore playoff
    games.

    Go Pats

  23. Apparently TARGETING doesn’t apply to a wide receiver (Higgins) by the safety Sorensens. Why don’t the rules apply to ANY player getting hit in the head by a helmet? Commissioner???? Please chime in.

  24. I like the guts of putting the game in the hands of Henne, a 4th down pass on the drive after an interception. The browns punting with 4 min left felt like giving up, ; Henne passing on 4th down felt like trying to win.

  25. Great fourth down call. However, Henne‘s run should have been 2 to 3 yards short of the line of game. Under the rules adapted a couple of years ago, a quarterback gives himself up even when he dives forward. Therefore the ball should’ve been spotted at the point of the dive just like a slide.

    Not sure Chiefs would’ve been that daring on fourth in three

  26. Browns deserved to lose this one. Mayfield choked – pure and simple. Last series, took a timeout after the 4th down push (bad situational football), came back n didn’t read the defense well, and threw a dink on 3rd n long. Result? Punted away their golden chance of playing in the AFC championship. Big games come down a few plays- sadly Mayfield was not upto it. Who knows if/when he’ll get another chance!

  27. Bad break for mahomes. Will miss afc championship, and then Super Bowl 2 weeks after that.

  28. “The Rams and Browns who lost to the Jets were exposed this weekend”

    So what about the teams that beat the Jets but didn’t get to the playoffs?

  29. icouldcareless says:
    January 17, 2021 at 6:12 pm
    Now if we follow the proper concussion protocol THERE’S NO WAY Mahomes is cleared to play by next weekend. We shall see

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    Does it really matter? If he plays concussed, he’s only hurting himself and his team. Try to spin it in a way that’s realistic. It’s to the bills advantage if he plays less than a hundred percent

  30. The Chiefs are EXTREMELY LUCKY that Mahomes INJURY didn’t happen in the opening minutes of the game with the SCORE 0-0. lets hope Patrick is ok because there is no getting spot Leads for the backup QB next week against Buffalo.

  31. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    January 17, 2021 at 6:20 pm
    Great fourth down call. However, Henne‘s run should have been 2 to 3 yards short of the line of game.
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    Line to gain….

  32. charliewaffles2020 says:
    January 17, 2021 at 6:22 pm
    Bad break for mahomes. Will miss afc championship, and then Super Bowl 2 weeks after that.
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    He will be on the field next Sunday. Book it…

  33. The “Factory” hasn’t quite shut down yet. Still producing.
    There’s no way Mahomes will be cleared to play next week. He clearly didn’t know what day of the week it was.
    Henne is a veteran with a good arm. All he needs to do is get the ball to their many weapons.

  34. Wanted to see browns get the ball back. Great gutsy call by Reid. Can’t see Mahomes playing next week.

  35. I’m not sure what’s more shocking: Andy calling that 4th and 1, or that they pulled it off O_O

  36. Guaranteed Mahomes will play and they will win, and win another Superbowl. People are jealous he’s so freaking scary good.

  37. Guaranteed Mahomes will play and they will win, and win another Superbowl. People are jealous he’s so freaking scary good. No remaining qb can be compared to him.

  38. EZWriter says:
    January 17, 2021 at 6:12 pm
    Chiefs have zero chance against any of the remaining NFC QB greats if they don’t somehow manufacture more pass rush than they had today, which was absolutely flat out NONE. ZERO pressure. Rodgers, Brees, or Brady, any of them will put up 50+ with no pass rush, and the Chiefs, at least today, simply had none. Zero.
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    The Chiefs have beaten the Bill, Buccaneers and Saints this season, all on the road.

    As a Chiefs fan, I’m not concerned about the lack of sacks because the Chiefs have been shutting down teams all year long. Cleveland could only score 17 points today and if Mahomes had been available to lead the Chiefs offensively in the second half, they still might be stuck on 3 points.

  39. Sorensen definitely hit the Browns receiver helmet to helmet. However, the Browns also should have kept going for it during their last drive.

  40. Kansas City only scored 3 points in the second half. Chad Henne runs for 13 and 1/2 yards on 3rd and 14. The missed call at the end of the first half did not cost Cleveland the game. Not taking advantage of Patrick Mahomes being out cost them the game.

  41. Depends if it was an actual concussion. I think the average is 2wks out. If so they will have to beat the Bills with Henne. Not sure that is possible.

  42. Chiefs are done. That’s what happens when you’re a one man team. Buffalo easy win next week.

  43. To those complaining about the non leading with the helmet call, secure the ball near the goalline instead of getting greedy and reaching for the pylon with a defender bearing down on you. Then you’re first and goal at the 1 yard line instead turning the ball over. The missed call shouldn’t have even been an issues.

  44. As a Bills fan I want Mahomes healthy for the game. Tired of everyone making excuses for the Bills and why they’re in the AFCCG instead of accepting the fact that their just a really good team.

    Also that helmet to helmet no call on Higgins was criminal.

  45. The Browns have nothing to hang their head, over they played well and will be a pain in the side for awhile now.

  46. He was choked out. And you geniuses that think the concussion protocol is the same as the covid need to stay drunk on your couch.

  47. Apparently the Chiefs fans watching the game didn’t see Mahomes wobbling, barely able to walk off the field under his own power.
    There’s been players who didn’t look nearly as bad who’ve been out for almost a month. Mahomes was out on his feet…and couldn’t even stand up on his own. Please, Chiefs fans, don’t be delusional.

  48. Browns should be on the phone with Houston discussing a trade of Baker Mayfield and OBJ for Deshaun Watson , a guy who can finish a drive.

  49. Lots of you need to go READ the NFL concussion protocol, clearly you have no idea what it actually says.

  50. That non call on KC with the helmet leading hit , was as egregious as the non call the Saints fans were having hissiy fits about!

  51. Mahomes looked woozy, but it’s hard to tell what kind of injury that really was. Skull impact looked minimal, with the neck torque being more obvious.

    I sure hope he’s well enough to play. Would be a shame for everyone, including the Bills, to not get that matchup.

  52. Maybe the “genius” Andy Reid should have used the sprint out pass to Tyreek Hill on the 4th & 1 in the 3rd quarter instead of that speed option which got the 2nd best QB in the NFL’s head concussed. They ain’t beating the Bills next week with Chad Henne if Mahommes does clear concussion protocol. But no one is allowed to criticize Andy these days. How many points did they score after Mahommes left the game? Zero in a quarter in a half. But I guess its all Andy Reid.

  53. “NFL Concussion Protocol” is the most googled thing in Buffalo right now! (And probably KC as well)

  54. Browns got their first post season victory in decades but this team is ready to go back next year and several after on this trajectory. AFC North is up for grabs! Could be the Browns who take the North crown this next few years.

  55. Browns and Faker did a horrible job of timeout mgmt. Why did they throw challenge flag ? Absolutely no chance of overturning that call

  56. I’ve been salty! Congrats to the browns! I only blame Tomlin not preparing a team properly.

  57. Chiefs fan in LA says:
    January 17, 2021 at 7:07 pm
    the only real way to take mahomes out of the game
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    You’re right. Maybe they should look into Flag Football or 2 Hand Touch.😆

  58. No shame in losing to the defending champs. Losing to Chad Henne, that has to hurt.

  59. Andy Reid had to win the game because Mahomes got hurt, and he did. Hats off to Andy Reid!

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    You got it backward Bienemy saved Reids bacon again by running the ball in crunch time, just like the sb. When he gets a hc job,Reid is going to revert back to pass pass pass pass pass and pass some more, which means back to falling short.

  60. As much as I loved the whole Browns underdog story and wanted them to win; I simply cannot understand how the Browns did not win; they had to score 1 touchdown against a defense that was clearly gassed and then all you had to worry about was Chad Henne! Not only did they not score in the 4th, but they couldn’t stop Henne.

    All those folks on here blaming the helmet to helmet non-call, really? Does anyone really think that was the difference maker here? I don’t want to say it but the Browns choked…

  61. Is stefanski aware he can have Chubb and hunt on the field at the same time?

    Garbage head coaching.

    This was Hunt and Njojku’s game and stefanski blew it by trying to force Chubb.

    Arrogant know it all head coaches – the endless story of the Browns.

  62. jjackwagon says:
    January 17, 2021 at 6:53 pm
    Lots of you need to go READ the NFL concussion protocol, clearly you have no idea what it actually says.
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    Yep, this is the part that everyone is getting wrong –

    Each player and each concussion is unique, and there is no set time-frame for return to participation. Team medical staff consider the player’s current concussive injury, as well as past exposures and medical history, family history and future risk in managing a player’s care.

  63. Browns still need to find a HC. Stefanksi lost them that game today. Zero sense of urgency after the INT.

    Browns were better off with him staying in the basement again. Reid gave him a coaching lesson. Much like Saleh did last year.

  64. there was absolutely no reason or excuse for that horse collar tackle on Mahomes;

    if that’s the only way the browns could win, and they were by far the weakest and least deserving team in the AFC playoffs…

  65. Concussion protocol is not “3 or 4 weeks”. Not sure where you learned that nonsense. The protocol takes as much time as it takes. Could be few days, could be a few weeks, could be months. I’d say chances are he is out there next week.

  66. Kevin Stefanski has no clue how to call plays. Everyone knows the Browns D has minimal talent. Giving up a 14 yard run to Chad Henne is awful coaching and execution. Stefanski still didn’t learn anything from Game 1 vs the Ravens. This guy always abandons the run when they get down. it wasn’t until the 2nd half when it was too late to run the ball. Too many passes with receivers that can’t get open and a mediocre QB. Overall I blame this loss on the Browns coaching staff. There has been some horrendous coaching this weekend in the NFL

  67. I like it when Chiefs fans reference their week 6 win @ BUF as a reason that they will win next week. They must not know much about football history.

    1991
    week 6: KC 33 BUF 6
    Div. rd: BUF 37 KC 14

    1993
    week 13: KC 23 BUF 7
    AFCCG: BUF 30 KC 13

  68. We’re supposed to believe the Browns are SB contenders when they finish 3rd in their division 3 years in a row?—-

    We’re also supposed to believe that Baker is an elite QB when he can’t beat Chiefs w/o Mahomes or the Ravens without Lamar? Both those teams played Browns when they were at full strength and their elite QBs only played 3/4.

    Browns always looking for an excuse.

  69. Well, personal injury fouls, i.e. leading with the helmet, certainly need to be added to the list of reviewable plays. The point of having referees on the field, is to get the calls right and keep the game safe. Browns got jobbed bigtime. Receiver didn’t bobble ball at all, until his head got drilled by another one. Horrific non-call.

  70. Let me give the Browns an analytics lesson. when you have 2 Running backs the caliber of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, who oh by the way, both averaged 5.3 yards per carry today, and you only run the ball 19x and you throw a mediocre QB 37x, you frankly deserve to lose, and frankly Kevin Stefanski has no business calling plays next year. They scored 41 points on a much better defense last week, while he was watching in the basement

  71. What did the ref have to watch for at the goal line.

    1. Possession of football.
    2. Control of football reaching for end zone.
    3. Football breaking the plane for a TD.
    4. Staying in bounds.

    Reciever tried to make a play n fumbled. If he keeps it tucked it’s first n goal.

    Typical Browns always looking for excuses.

  72. neverdieeasy says:
    January 17, 2021 at 6:32 pm
    Depends if it was an actual concussion. I think the average is 2wks out. If so they will have to beat the Bills with Henne. Not sure that is possible.
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    You answered your own question. He didn’t have a concussion, passed all initial tests for concussive injury. Dude got his chin pinned to his chest/choked out – passed out and that was quite obvious as he attempted to ‘wake up/stand up/remember where he was’.

    He’s starting in KC against the Bills in the 1993 AFC championship rematch/buttwhipping contest.

  73. Mahomes will be in the game next week. After he was helped up and didn’t know his own name,he ran to the locker room,as if to prove he was okay. He will not miss that game. I give the Browns credit. They gave the Chiefs a run for their money.

  74. God Chiefs. I was worried when Mahomes went down, but the team stepped up for the big win. On to next week.

  75. With or without their mvp, the chiefs will be tough competition for my bills. This could be an all time great afc championship. 1 seed vs. 2 seed. I can’t wait.

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