Patrick Mahomes: You can’t go up 21-3 and lose, that’s on me

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Sunday’s AFC Championship Game was a tale of two halves for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes was 18-of-21 for 220 yards and three touchdowns and the Chiefs were once up 18 points before halftime, but he was just 8-of-18 for 55 yards and two interceptions while being sacked four times after the break. The second of those interceptions came in overtime and led to the Bengals’ game-winning field goal.

The second interception came on a throw to Tyreek Hill that Mahomes said was “a play I’d go to again if I had the chance” and called it one of a handful of plays that were “just off a tick” as the team blew their big lead and a shot at the Super Bowl.

“They just had a spy on me, for the most part, and I’ve usually done a good job getting around that guy, but they had a good game plan,” Mahomes said, via TheAthletic.com. “They were doing a lot of similar stuff in the first half, we were just executing at a higher level. They stayed with it. But I mean, I gotta be better. I mean when you’re up 21-3 at one point in the game, you can’t lose it, and I put that on myself.

The Chiefs have pulled off some memorable comebacks in the playoffs with Mahomes, but the shoe was on the other foot Sunday and the Chiefs will have a long time to ruminate on their loss before they get back on the field.

75 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: You can’t go up 21-3 and lose, that’s on me

  1. He hasn’t played great in the playoffs. In Super Bowl LIV, I think he threw two picks. Then, he played horrible against the Bucs. Now we have this game versus the Bengals. That contract is not looking good right now.

  2. Very true. He blew it and it is in him. Makes me wonder how long they can afford to keep this team together and if the rest haven’t already caught up to them.

  3. He has been very inconsistent all year and prone to giving the ball away. He wasn’t like that before he signed his big fat contract. Maybe he should spend more time on playing better instead of making all those State Farm commercials.

  4. Throwing the ball anywhere but into the end zone on the last play of the 1st half was outright stupidity. That was on Mahomes

  5. Teams have figured out the Chiefs offense. Don’t give up big plays, make them be patient and they will eventually implode.

  6. The Chief mystique of two years ago is officially over. Teams have figured out that no matter how great the Chiefs offense is, the defense is still below average and vulnerable. Sprinkle in some suspect coaching and Mahomes’ penchant for scrambling into trouble and you have another almost dynasty that feels like the LOB Seahawks after they had to pay Wilson big money.

  7. No. That’s on coaching. You could see them go into protect mode. Suddenly they weren’t driving the ball and Cincinnati got it back.

  8. I still Think Mahomes is great, too 5 QB easily, but I’ve always wondered what he will be when Hill and Kelce aren’t commanding double teams.

  9. Imagine if Brady was accountable in 2006 after not leading the Pats
    to any points in the second half vs Indy after that blown lead vs the worst run D in football in Indy?

  10. Kudos for taking responsibility….now teach your big mouth spoiled fiance (Brittany) and self important brother (Jackson). Maybe the two of them will keep quiet for more than ten minutes.

  11. Quarterbacks are like US presidents: They get too much credit when things go well, and too much blame when things go wrong. The Bengals made great halftime adjustments on defense, and the Chiefs offensive staff couldn’t respond.

  12. Hasn’t there ever been an Andy Reid team that’s been great on D, ST ? I love the guy, but seems like it is Offense heavy as far as I can remember from even McNabb days.

    Also the Chiefs D scores too fast much to the detriment of their Defense too thst perhaps doesn’t get much rest? Maybe this is also a reason?

  13. To many commercials. In all seriousness whoever is the defensive coordinator for the Bengals has made great adjustments at half time in both games with KC this year. Shut them down!

  14. “Imagine if Brady was accountable in 2006 after not leading the Pats to any points in the second half.” Imagine if Belichick didn’t go for it on fourth down in his own territory.

  15. Andy Reid. Andy-friggin’-Reid. You really need anything more? He jist NEVER adjusts. Ask Phili.

    One of his kid is dead, one kid going to jail, “nevermind” the poor child he damaged for life.

    God, I hate the Chefs.

  16. I’m beginning to think Mahomes is better off starting slow in the first half and make a comeback in the second half. He thrives on pressure. When he has a lead, he seems to coast too much and plays down to his opponents. Very strange in game dynamics.

  17. Yes,it was on Mahomes for holding on to the ball too long,running around in circles,trying to do it all himself. No excuse . I still think that they looked past Cincinnati.

  18. Chiefs were absolutely arrogant and stupid not to kick a FG right b4 halftime. There is no need to try to go for a kill-shot TD at that pt of the game. Kick the layup FG, go up THREE touchdowns. Crazy stupid.

  19. Making 4 straight conference championships games has been done several times. Making 4 straight Superb Owls has only been done by one glorious franchise.

  20. Don’t be too hard on yourself, your head coach is one of the all time chokers this league has ever seen.

    But you should have been nicer to Jake from State Farm when he was trying to buy sneakers.

  21. Mahomes hasn’t been great when it’s counted. 47 percent completion percentage in Super Bowls plus losing to the Patriots and Bengals now at home with the best wide receiver and tight end in the league. Mahomes better downgrade his cap hit otherwise the Chiefs Super Bowl window has closed.

  22. I’m guessing all these negative comments are from Bengal’s fans just here to rag on him, because if KC fans have quit on Mahomes this soon then they don’t understand how great he really might become. Weren’t you all talking about him being “the next BRADY” just a year or so ago? Quitting on him already, after only a couple weak games? Did you so soon forget what he did last week? I agree that disaster just before the half WAS pretty lame, and on him, but overall he’s still a QB most teams would love to have. But no, while he’s clearly talented, the next Brady he isn’t. Of course no one is…BRADY is the one and only GOAT….

  23. As crazy as it is to say this, I kind of know how patriot fans felt during those two decades when you were on top. One slip up by the team “Brady’s done/it’s over/no more dynasty.”

    Mahomes has one bad half and loses the game (albeit a big one), and so quick to see the haterade bath being given to them. He knows what he did wrong, and instead of one week, he now has an off-season to course correct and make changes to his game.

    First order of business is to keep Jones in the interior and do something about Frank Clark. It’s high time, and his salary needs to be gone anyway to pay others (QB specifically).

    Anyways, enjoy the next few weeks Cincinnati fans, time to finish the job.

  24. Mahomes will never get over losing the Super Bowl to Brady last year. He hasn’t been the same since,and neither have the Chiefs.

  25. Hey Patrick, may you enjoy all that sprayed champagne with Brittany. I’m sure your brother will be working on new dances all off-season.

  26. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    January 30, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    I’m guessing he no longer holds first place in the postseason QB rating.

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    Josh Allen 149.0

  27. jameshodges says:
    January 30, 2022 at 8:37 pm
    “Imagine if Brady was accountable in 2006 after not leading the Pats to any points in the second half.” Imagine if Belichick didn’t go for it on fourth down in his own territory.

    15 5 Rate This

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    What?

    Brady couldn’t get the offense past mid field for the entire second half. It would be a trend that would continue for years in the postseason out of his wussy shotgun spread base.

    Hey, cheer up, Brady Fanboy! BB stopped Brady and drafted JimmyG for effect and it worked!

  28. Mahomes is still great. The Chiefs took their foot off the gas which allowed the Bengals to get back into the game. And I agree with the defense not being great, I think every QB can win tough playoff games with a mediocre defense which is not what the Chiefs defense was in 2021. Mahomes and the Chiefs will be in the AFC championship game for years to come (perhaps along with the Bills).

  29. These breakdowns that Mahomes repeatedly has are exactly the same things he did at Texas Tech. He just can’t seem to get past his constant need for the big play instead of throwing it away or just going down quickly if there’s nothing there. He seems to be slowly regressing back to his college norm..

  30. Hey Patty two things – First you’re all done your window just closed, and if you don’t believe me give Rus a call in Seattle, and ask him how easy he thought it was going to be. Second it’s not on you it’s on your head coach who has no idea what the word adjustment means

  31. Discount double choke Mahomes and Rodgers. Chef fans thought this Super Bowl was a gimme. 4 straight afc home games 1 Super Bowl. Pack fans feel your pain.

  32. I dare anyone to look at the 3rd and goal play and tell me how many open passes he had. Let’s just put it this way, there were 5 guys on routes, all but 1 of them had a pretty big window to catch it. And two of them had 2 windows. Kelce was a simple in route inside the goal line, wide open. Then Pringle came ope in the middle of the end zone, then Tyreek beside Pringle, then Pringle again, then Tyreek again in the corner. Then, as a last ditch effort, McKinnon dragging across the goal line. All of them were open. But a guy with a perfect 1st half couldn’t see 6 open TD’a when it mattered most. Absolute choke job, or absolute points shaving. Both are horrendous! That all said… Good win Cinci! Enjoy it, your city/fan base deserve it!

  33. Its a team sport.. Your team shot your load in the first half, and Nadda the second, your team lost.

  34. Joe Burrow stinks. Once again the other team’s QB faded in the second half and gifted the Bengals a win.

  35. Kidding me with comparing Mahomes 2021 to the GOAT in 2006?!! Brady’s took a team with top WRs Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney to the AFC Champ game on the road against Peyton Manning and would have won if they hadn’t dropped those passes in the end zone. Mahomes always gets the benefit of playing at home with Hill and Kielce and others and still can’t finish the deal.

  36. It’s awesome that this article is almost all Patriots fans.

    Great season, Chiefs. You’ll be back again & again.

  37. As a Chiefs fan since 1968 I’ve never seen a melt down like this. This is entirely on Mahomes second half performance, altho the refs were horrible as well. The game changed when the Chiefs failed to score right before the half. Mahomes was so focused on Hill in the field of play, he missed Robinson wide open in the end zone, even if he had misfired, he would of had a second to kick a field goal. The better team won tonight.

  38. The worst mistake Mahomes made was not throwing the ball quicker on that last play of the first half. Physical mistakes are fine, but by now he shouldn’t be making those mental mistakes, particularly in big games.

  39. I know this sounds crazy but why do teams play d linemen against Mahomes who leaves them in the dust. Why not rush two tight ends on the outside and rush two linemen up the middle. He cant run wide, he cant escape the rush so he is forced to make throws.
    KC’s success is simple, they have speed guys and lots of them and Mahomes has to scramble till they lose their guy. If they played him the way I said you neutralize some of that speed.

  40. As a Raiders fan, I sure wish I could believe everyone in here…but I don’t remember so many people calling Mahomes overrated after that Buffalo game. We have such small attention spans and such large reactions these days. Mahomes is not the problem. The Chiefs keep asking him to play school yard ball to win football games. Now he runs around like an idiot for ten minutes and takes brutal sacks. One could argue the Chiefs are ruining him. I’m cool with it for obvious reasons, but I still think he’s a great player. Bengals are not getting enough credit for great defensive adjustments.

  41. All you have to do is look at KC salary cap and the 6 players that are taking up 75 percent of it. The rest of the team all basically make the league minimum it seems.
    Clark, Hill, Mahomes, Jones, Thune and Hitchens. They account for I think 145 million of the cap for 22. Then add Kelce for 9 million to that so that is about 154 million out of 208 million. I’m not math professor but that seems a bit ridiculous.

  42. Mahomes literally forgot how to play quarterback in the second half. Compound that with the Chiefs irrational desire to run slow developing homerun routes every down, they deserved defeat.

  43. Yes Pat, this one definitely is all on you. The media started fitting you for a gold jacket and started getting your shrine at Canton set up prematurely. You’re just not that good when it counts. A barely better version of Phillip Rivers.

  44. quote: “Absolute choke job, or absolute points shaving. Both are horrendous!”
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    I have seen many Chiefs fans online tonight turn on Mahomes and accuse him of throwing the game on purpose. I’ve never seen a fanbase turn on their Superbowl Champion QB so quickly. Mistakes happen. Why would you accuse your QB who just got a big contract of throwing the game away?

  45. Murfdizzle4Shizzle says:
    January 30, 2022 at 11:07 pm
    As a Raiders fan, I sure wish I could believe everyone in here…but I don’t remember so many people calling Mahomes overrated after that Buffalo game. We have such small attention spans and such large reactions these days. Mahomes is not the problem. The Chiefs keep asking him to play school yard ball to win football games. Now he runs around like an idiot for ten minutes and takes brutal sacks. One could argue the Chiefs are ruining him. I’m cool with it for obvious reasons, but I still think he’s a great player. Bengals are not getting enough credit for great defensive adjustments.

    I agree with your take on short “attention spans” but I do think that Mahomes likes to play school yard ball. It’s his go to instinct. It’s worked often enough for heroic plays that it’s hard for him to give up.

    Rodgers is like that also. He will go for the bomb, as he did to lose to SF this year, when a shorter pass would have gotten him a first down & the win.

    Only Brady always seems to look for the open man, & take what the defense gives him. And for that many think he’s not as great as he is.

  46. Big fan of the NFL from the UK here and I probably don’t know as much as you guys who grew up with it, but watching it live last night in the early hours of the morning (in the UK) and it seemed to me that it just fell apart for KC and Mahommes, you could almost smell the mistakes creeping in the 2nd half and so could the Bengals. KC threw that game away and why didn’t they just go for a TD in the last drive of regular time instead of fancying about trying to run the clock down. Get the points on the board and worry about the Bengals trying to score with only a few second on the clock later. Crazy

  47. This Chiefs Team sure feels like the Kurt Warner/Dick Vermiel St. Louis Rams and the Greatest Show on Turf.

    That team eventually burned out before it’s time and history is seemingly repeating itself.

  48. itsamadmadmadmadworld says:
    January 30, 2022 at 8:19 pm
    He has been very inconsistent all year and prone to giving the ball away. He wasn’t like that before he signed his big fat contract. Maybe he should spend more time on playing better instead of making all those State Farm commercials.
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    Actually, he has always been that way. The defense just wasnt catching his INTs. There was a stat out there about “should be INTs” (meaning, throws that would be considered a drop if it were a receiver). Mahomes has lead the league in “interceptable” passes that were dropped by the defense. Difference after the contract and before the contract is the defense was dropping a lot more than they were catching. Now, they are catching them.

  49. Watch the game from the 2nd half on, you’ll see why we think that. He can complete a pass to a covered Kelce to end Buffalo’s season but won’t throw to 6 wide open guys to go to the SB. Look at his 1st interception. He was throwing an interception even if the lineman doesn’t catch it. Look at his running around when he had a perfect pocket. Cinci was rushing 3-4 guys and Mahomes was acting like it was an all out blitz. Either it’s scripted or Mahomes had something else going on. No way a guy can play perfect in one half, minus the last 5 seconds…. Then look like the retired version of Rothlisbhrger the next half. No way!

  50. If KC was smart they would make a coaching change just ask Philly. Not-to-mention the poor play calling and since the media hype’s Eric (and Mahomes) so much he sucked during that game and it looks like no one taught Mahomes how to do progression reads time to can the OC and find some one else. Spags has a shelf life of a few years and this D will only get worse as there is little salary cap with so much going to so few players (they have a LT that needs to get paid and wants $20 million or so year) they simply can’t afford to even get mediocre talent. Time to blow it up, and let someone work with this team, to keep Andy (and his staff) and welcome to one and done club with no guts to can their Superbowl winning coach Green Bay, Seattle, Philly, Gruden’s Tampa Bay, Indy.

  51. The Chiefs rank second in arrogance only to the Ravens. But at least they’ve won some playoff games in recent years. Ever since they absurdly declared themselves a dynasty years ago the team has underperformed. And now with their salary cap situation, the movement towards decent, but not great, is fast underway. Something seemed wrong with Mahomes the entire year; maybe he was injured. But having supremely arrogant players like Hill, Mathieu, Clark, Jones et al only leads to one direction over time, which is down, not up. Couldn’t happen to a less likeable group, although I exclude Mahomes from that. I still think he is the real deal.

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