Patrick Mahomes began planning the Chiefs' return to this year's AFC championship game after falling last year.
The Patriots defeated the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in this great game with 37:31 in extra time. Mahomes and his offense did not have to be on the field in extra time when Tom Brady marched on the field with three-thirds and tens conversion to Julian Edelman (two) and Rob Gronkowski to initiate the game-changing touchdown.
Shortly after Rex Burkhead crossed the finish line at the end of the Chiefs season, Mahomes was behind a microphone.
"It hurts," said the quarterback. "It hurts everyone. We knew we had chances in this game and this season. We did the job. We know that this can be a building block. It could be something that will carry us into the future. At the moment it is the end, but hopefully the beginning of a long time. "
Mahomes now looks like a prophet. The chiefs are back in the AFC title fight. It's back at Arrowhead in front of their beloved fans. The opponent is very different this time. Yes, Derrick Henry contested the Titan AFC playoffs. But that's not Brady and Bill Belichick. These are Ryan Tannehill and Mike Vrabel, post-season newbies in their current roles.
Gronkowski is retired. Edelman jumps on cars. Brady is thinking about his future.
Mahomes is back where he wanted to be thanks to his five touchdown performance in the incredible 51:31 comeback against the Texans on Sunday.
The chiefs have shown that they are never out of the game. They lost control at the beginning of the second quarter 24-0 and never let up. The results were so fast that it was difficult to keep an overview. There were three touchdowns on eight games at one point in the second quarter. They scored eight goals in a row – none of the trips lasted longer than 3 minutes and 55 seconds. When they played their 51st game, they also had 51 points.
"You just have to keep your foot on the accelerator," said Travis Kelce, who scored three touchdowns. "You can't be too excited, you can't get a sense of relief like, 'Oh, we're back in the game. & # 39; You just have to keep going and know that you have a lot of unfinished business as long as this clock is ticking. "
Unfinished business has been an issue for the Chiefs since they were just about to face New England last year. It was an offside penalty from Dee Ford after winning in the fourth quarter. Instead, they opened the door and Brady stormed through.
Sometimes a playoff loss is required to learn how to achieve the playoff wins. The 1985 giants were beaten by the bears in the playoffs – a 0:21 defeat. This ended the following season when Bill Parcells, Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms would not be contested.
After the defeat last year, head coach Andy Reid pointed forward.
"It gives us a little bit of what to look forward to in the future, and we'll go there when we're done here," said Reid. "It's a bright future. We have good players. We will overcome the hump here, the big hump. This is this game here."
You will be back on Sunday. The Chiefs have won seven games in a row and have improved defenses over last season or even earlier this season. This last loss came to the titans in Nashville, Tenn on November 10th.
The rematch now takes place on the Chiefs' lawn. Mahomes and his teammates have been waiting a year to return to this point. You plan to take care of unfinished business this time.