Patrick Mahomes on postseason changes: Nothing was going to be fair for anybody, I don’t think

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With the Chiefs and Bills both winning their respective Week 18 matchups, the AFC Championship game will be played at a neutral site if Kansas City and Buffalo both advance to it.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was asked about that reality and acknowledged that there’s a long way to go before that happens. But he doesn’t seem concerned about it.

“Nothing was going to be fair for anybody, I don’t think,” Mahomes said in his Monday press conference of the proposal that was voted through. “It’s a situation that we never have encountered before, but at the end of the day, man, I was so happy that Damar [Hamlin] was doing better and that’s the most important stuff. And so him doing better and him being in a better spot, we were ready to do whatever scenario was going to happen.

“So, if that was neutral site, if that was going there [to Buffalo], whatever it was, we were just ready to go out there and play. But we have to win that first game first so let’s worry about whoever we play in that first round, or that first round for us.”

By winning 14 games, the Chiefs earned the AFC’s first-round bye, which means they arguably got the most valuable piece of the puzzle. We’ll see who heads to Kansas City next week out of the AFC field, because that team will have something to say about whether or not the Chiefs even make it to the AFC Championship game.

28 responses to “Patrick Mahomes on postseason changes: Nothing was going to be fair for anybody, I don’t think

  1. Trust me, Kansas City gained a huge advantage here If home-field advantage belong to the bills, which it probably would have, it’ll be much easier to play at a neutral site than in snowy Buffalo.

  2. If Cinci/Buffalo got to void their most difficult game of the year, KC should get to do the same… Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But that’s exactly what the NFL diid to Cinci and Buffalo. Or they could go by the actual record and base the seeding off of winning percentages, like they have since the beginning of time. Or, better yet, play the game…. If you don’t play the game, you can’t get the record. Both teams basically got a bye week, no fault to them, but tell me a playoff team that doesn’t want a week off…. None of it may matter in the end, it’s hard enough for teams to get through the playoffs no matter their seeding, but the NFL screwed up, as usual.

  3. If the neutral-site thing happens, I’m betting on Indy. It’s approximately equidistant between KC and Buff/Cin (a little closer to Cin).
    Detroit might also be in the mix.
    If somebody insists on an outdoor field, there are not a lot of options. Chicago, Cleveland, and Nashville seem like the best bets.

  4. Um. Not every team voted Patrick, several abstained because they chose not to do the right thing.

  5. Someone in the 21st century isn’t worried about everything being fair and deciding to just go about their business instead? What craziness is this?

  6. george1859 says:
    January 10, 2023 at 11:36 am
    Trust me, Kansas City gained a huge advantage here If home-field advantage belong to the bills, which it probably would have, it’ll be much easier to play at a neutral site than in snowy Buffalo.
    ********

    Not sure Bills would have beaten Bengals that day. KC can also play in snow… they’re not Miami.

  7. springfield says:
    January 10, 2023 at 11:41 am
    If Cinci/Buffalo got to void their most difficult game of the year, KC should get to do the same… Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But that’s exactly what the NFL diid to Cinci and Buffalo. Or they could go by the actual record and base the seeding off of winning percentages, like they have since the beginning of time. Or, better yet, play the game…. If you don’t play the game, you can’t get the record. Both teams basically got a bye week, no fault to them, but tell me a playoff team that doesn’t want a week off…. None of it may matter in the end, it’s hard enough for teams to get through the playoffs no matter their seeding, but the NFL screwed up, as usual.

    First, how would it make sense to void a game KC fully lost when half of a quarter of the Cinci/Buffalo game was played? Second, seeding was literally based off of winning percentage. Third, they literally did not get the record (win or loss) for the cancelled game. Not sure what you are even saying.

  8. Everything would have been 100% fair had the game continued as it should have been. Anyone that didn’t want to continue, could have gone home. The fact Hamlin asked who won with his first words says it all. Now one of the two teams loses home field advantage, and whichever city loses millions in revenue. If this happens again in the playoffs, what happens then? Or super bowl? Flip a coin to determine the winner? Put 3 teams on the field at the same time? Let Goodell choose which team wins?

  9. It would have been nice to see Mahomes call out the NFL for shafting the Bengals and to a lesser degree the Bills, b/c that’s exactly what they did. But we all know he won’t do that. He’s the poster child for the leage and he wants those calls to make sure he gets ring number 2 instead of doing what’s right.

  10. I always get downvoted, but I agree w/ him on this. The league did the best they could, in pretty extraordinary circumstances.

    Fanbases & teams need to just accept the results & move on. All kinds of stuff happens at the end of a season to mess w/ the seedings – usually, teams resting their starters. All of the teams that were going to make the playoffs anyway made it. Every team will have their chance at the big prize.

  11. The Chiefs were not gifted anything. We will never know, but it looked like Buffalo was on the way to an L before the game was canceled which would have resulted in the same scenario.
    It not the Bills, Bengals or Chiefs fault that a medical emergency happened on the field. The protocol for a canceled game defaults to winning percentage and KC would have been #1 yet again. Buffalo and Cinci got their bye in week 17 by playing less than a quarter.
    I don’t see any other team team outside of these 3 representing the AFC, so let it play out on the field – neutral site or not.

  12. Calling the game a 7-3 Bengals win was more fair than this crap. Finishing the game was more fair than this crap…

  13. Waaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaa wasaaaaa. Bunch of babies on here. It’s not fair. Waaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaa

  14. I respect Mahomes answer. But to be fair, the chiefs have the least to complain about of any team.

    Buffalo held the #1 seed most of the season, beat KC head to head and controlled their own destiny before the Cincy game had to be cancelled. Has they won that game and the Pats game (which they did), KC couldn’t take the #1 seed from them. Before that game was cancelled, Buffalo had 50% odds of the #1 seed. KC had 20% odds.

    I get why they went by win percentage, but I feel like it would have been fair to at least do the coin flip for the #1 seed because I feel Buffalo still had just as much right to it as KC, if not more.

  15. I keep seeing that the game looked like it was going to be a Cincy win.

    Why do people think that? We were 2 full drives in. Both teams drove down the field pretty easily; Allen missed a pass at the end of Buffalo’s or it probably would have been 7-7. And one of the Bengals’ characteristics this season is not being able to string 2 good halves together.

    Of course Cincinnati could have won, but we have no idea based on when the game stopped. It had just started.

  16. Nothing was gonna be perfect. The teams will all meet and settle it on the field. While I would have loved homefield for my Bills it’s isn’t the advantage people make it out to be. KC lost to the Bills (less 13 ) and Cinci at home. So it’s not like the home team just walks.

    And as far as the incessant comments about the Bills headed for an L? 8 minutes in? They scored easily and we were a Beasley catch away from acts as well. 2 of the best QBs but yeah 8 min in 7-3 bills only had one possession and weee ‘well on their way’ to an L. I’m assuming you literally don’t watch any nfl.

    It’ll be settled on the field by the top 3 teams then there’s the rest. A week off is nice, sure but it’s playoffs and let’s roll. Stop whining

  17. If the rules in place were followed KC would have been the 1 seed and had home field advantage for the afc game if… but the rules were changed mid-season to the benefit the bills only. Why is this so hard to understand?

  18. Forfeit from the Bills upheld would have been fair. Count game, stats, update the records and move on. NFL completely mismanaged.

  19. Mahomes is a quality young man. It’s refreshing. He’s speaking from his heart, too. He really means it. Hamlin didn’t wake up right away. Everybody was scared. Football didn’t matter much. That isn’t something you forget about and go on to the next game. This will stick with these guys forever.

  20. springfield says:
    January 10, 2023 at 11:41 am
    If Cinci/Buffalo got to void their most difficult game of the year, KC should get to do the same…

    Acting like KC got the short end of the stick….lmao. You do realize that if the game was played, KC might not have gotten the first round bye, right? I’m pretty sure if before the game was played, pre incident, if KC was asked if they would be willing to play a potential conference champ game at a neutral site, in exchange for hopping back in the driver’s seat for the bye, they’d all leap for it.

    And idk how many times I’ve seen “Buffalo and Cincy basically got a bye week,” think of this. If you worked an entire week, but on Friday you had to leave an hour early for an appointment, is everyone going to complain that you got to take vacation all week? Use your head, a workweek for a football player isn’t just what you see on camera. Not to mention the mental devastation these guys had following the game with all the uncertainty, I was crushed and I’m just a fan. You could see it in Buffalo’s game Sunday, even though the end result was good, their play wasn’t the same despite the good news shortly before gameday.

  21. billsrthefuture says:
    January 10, 2023 at 3:11 pm
    I keep seeing that the game looked like it was going to be a Cincy win.

    Why do people think that? We were 2 full drives in. Both teams drove down the field pretty easily; Allen missed a pass at the end of Buffalo’s or it probably would have been 7-7. And one of the Bengals’ characteristics this season is not being able to string 2 good halves together.

    Of course Cincinnati could have won, but we have no idea based on when the game stopped. It had just started.
    ————
    I agree that there was a lot of football left. Let’s say, for all intents and purposes, they the Hamlin. Injury was a concussion or a high ankle sprain and not the cardiac event.—- bills already lost 2 players in their secondary and Joey Brrr. Was on fire. It was going to be a shootout, nonetheless

  22. Easy for him to say when the Chiefs have the X factor of Jackson Mahomes dancing on the sidelines taking selfies.

  23. KC won the bye and home field advantage under the rules in place. I have not heard a satisfactory explanation to require an after-the-fact rule change benefitting Buffalo and disadvantaging KC. KC had no fault in voiding the BUF/CIN game, and BUF skipped arguably it’s toughest game. That said, NFL owners can and should use their best judgment to improve competition and the product in general. We can all live with that. ONLY KC was disadvantaged by the rule change, and complaints by anybody else are ludicrous. BTW–The NFL is blessed today by a good number of very fine quality QBs of very fine character. Mahomes is elite among those.

  24. Following your own rule book would’ve been the right thing to do. If you then don’t like the rules, the owners could change them in the offseason.

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