Patrick Mahomes’ mom took issue with hit that knocked him out of Sunday’s game


The person who gave birth to Patrick Mahomes understandably was not happy when he suffered a concussion on Sunday.

As noted by Mary Kay Cabot of, Randi Mahomes reacted strongly to the hit that knocked Mahomes out of the divisional round playoff game against the Browns.

“#51 [Mack] Wilson that’s some trash football leading with helmet, pulling his head and pushing helmet…why are you not thrown out!?? Come on NFL,’’ Randi Mahomes tweeted, via Cabot.

No flag was thrown, but Wilson technically did lower his helmet and initiate contact with it. To violate that rule, the contact doesn’t have to be helmet to helmet. Wilson lowered his head and struck Mahomes in the shoulder.

Unfortunately, that rule — which as written is extremely broad — gets enforced so inconsistently that the term “haphazardly” would arguably be appropriate. Earlier in the game, when Browns receiver Rashard Higgins reached the ball for the end zone, Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen lowered his helmet and initiated contact with it. Sorensen obviously broke the rule. However, no flag was thrown. (In Sunday’s Buccaneers-Saints game, a flag was thrown for lowering the helmet and initiating what best can be described as a glancing blow to the opponent.)

The rest of Mack Wilson‘s tackle of Patrick Mahomes violated no rules. It’s not illegal to wrap a quarterback who has become a runner (Mahomes was trying to gain a first down with his legs on a third-and-one play) around the neck with a forearm. It’s not illegal to drag him to the ground, even if his helmet hits the ground.

These are legitimate techniques when tackling a runner. When a quarterback becomes a runner, he risks being exposed to those techniques.

That said, by the letter of the lowering-the-helmet rule, Wilson should have been penalized. It will be interesting to see whether he eventually is fined.

None of this changes the fact that Patrick Mahomes suffered a concussion. It’s nevertheless difficult to fairly describe a full-speed effort to make a tackle on third and short in an elimination game “trash football” or otherwise dirty.

Still, if Mahomes was my kid, I would have tweeted the exact same thing. Probably with a profanity or two.

27 responses to “Patrick Mahomes’ mom took issue with hit that knocked him out of Sunday’s game

  1. Legal hit….stuff happens. This is just a mom defending her kid and good for her. She is wrong though.

  2. Of course mom is upset. I’m a Chiefs fan and don’t think the play was dirty, just an unfortunate situation due to the tackle. I also don’t think he was concussed by a hit to the head, looks like he got his artery choked which will make you woozy AF. Anyone who has been choked out knows this. Hope he returns but this isn’t a dirty play.

  3. What?!?!!? Mahommes got concussed when he hit his head on the turf during the tackle. There was nothing wrong with the tackle or wrap up whatsooever.

  4. Mom’s are allowed to see it their way. But it was a football play you see countless times during a short yardage run. The Sorensen hit though? Everyone’s mother, father, sister, and brother was up in arms at that non call.

  5. that’s ridiculous. just a hard play. If you flag this, you. could flag every other tackle.
    just an emotional response.

  6. I’m a 50+ year long Chiefs fan and I love Mahomes, but there wasn’t anything wrong with the hit. It was just solid football.

  7. I’ve watched the play a million times and I can’t quite see where Mahomes was hit in the head at all. Wilson used his head to make the tackle, but he didn’t hit Mahomes head with it and it looked like Mahomes face even barely hit the ground at all as he was jerked toward Wilson as he was almost down. I had an issue with Wilson trying to rip his head off, I wonder if that sudden jerk when he was about to hit the ground somehow caused a whiplash on his brain? Definitely not the typical concussion inducing hit and only Pat’s mom has a right to be upset about it.

  8. As a fan of either team, there was nothing wrong with he hit and Mahomes’ mother should learn the rules.

  9. Shut up. This football! We watch because it’s physical. Same reason why we watch boxing and ufc. So much on the line that it increases the drama. Take that away and we loose interest.

  10. Well, mom you knew football was a rough sport. You should have encouraged Patrick to play baseball.

  11. This was a good hard tackle. I never like to see someone brought done by their neck though, NFL should work on that.

  12. It wasn’t a helmet to helmet hit, but anyone who knows pro-wrestling would see that he “bulldogged” Mahomes. as in being in the air, grabbing the air guys’ head and driving it down to the ground.

  13. Other reports are saying he was not concussed and simply choked out. Not buying that either. You dont get choked out in 1 second.

  14. Just a Mom being a Mom. Get over it lads. You all have a Mom and hope she’d behave similarly.

  15. This is football. If you don’t like it mom, then ask your son not to run the ball. Or at least, option off the ball like he was supposed to.

  16. This is why players’ mothers should have their phones taken away during games. It’s fine for her to be upset, don’t get me wrong, but players should not have to apologize for their parents’ spur-of-the-moment comments.

  17. This is the danger of letting the QB run. Both Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes out with concussions.

  18. still not as cheap as the hit Carson Wentz took in last years playoffs from Clowney, again with no flag or fine

  19. Mom by this time you should know the risk of playing football. Your first problem is blaming the other player. I watch and rewatched that play it was legit. Second problem as good as your son is at quarterback he shouldn’t be running, it’s that simple, it’s not in his personal best interest. Finally, if he plays Sunday and is supposedly “Passes” the test in order to play will you have faith in the “test?” NFL?

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