After numerous postseason meltdowns at home, with the latest being last year’s AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs are headed to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1969 season. Kansas City overcame two 10-point deficits to defeat the Tennessee Titans, 35-24, for the AFC Championship.
Patrick Mahomes led the charge…literally. Mahomes posted 294 yards passing and three touchdowns including a backbreaking 60-yard score to Sammy Watkins in the fourth quarter.
However, the feet of Mahomes turned the tide in the first half. After falling behind by 10 points twice, the second of two Tyreek Hill touchdown passes cut the deficit to just 17-14. Then, Mahomes and the Chiefs launched a drive that shifted the game.
Mahomes rumbled from 27 yards out to put the Chiefs up by 4 before halftime. It was a lead that they would not relinquish.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry entered with three straight games of at least 180 yards rushing. A mix of solid defense and the play of Mahomes kept Henry at bay. The former Alabama running back rushed 19 times for 69 yards and a touchdown – his lowest output of the postseason.
Now, the Chiefs await the winner of the NFC Championship Game between Green Bay and San Francisco.
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