Feb 6, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) speaks with media during Super Bowl Opening Night at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes cool, calm, collected ahead of 3rd Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes is playing in his third Super Bowl in four seasons and insists he isn’t feeling the least bit of pressure.

At 27 years, 148 days, Mahomes will be the youngest quarterback to start three Super Bowls. He will join Tom Brady as the only signal callers to start three in their first six NFL seasons.

But pressure? Mahomes claims the calm outside demeanor is deeply aligned with his inner self with Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles in Glendale, Ariz., on the horizon.

“I don’t feel the pressure,” Mahomes said during Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday in Phoenix. “I feel the pressure of proving my teammates right every day, being the man that I try to set the example to be, and that’s coming to work every day and giving everything I have.

“If I do that the rest of this week and in the game, I believe we will come out with a win. And if we don’t, I will know that I gave everything I had to come out with a win and that’s what I can always live with.”

Mahomes split his previous two Super Bowl appearances and said he learned more from the 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV than the 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers one season earlier.

“The win was amazing, it’s one of the best moments of your entire life and you take away all the positives from that,” Mahomes said. “But that loss stings. That motivates you for years and what it’s done for me is it motivated me to be back in this game again and I want to make sure I have that winning feeling and not that losing one because that losing feeling is one you’ll never forget.”

Mahomes is enjoying a season to remember and led the NFL with 5,250 yards and 41 passing touchdowns. The yardage marked the second 5,000-yard season of his career and came after the offseason trade of star wideout Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins.

Coach Andy Reid isn’t surprised there was no drop-off. What he has seen over and over during Mahomes’ five seasons as a starter is an ability to adjust and move the needle forward.

“He’s a great guy, a great person and he works extremely hard,” Reid said. “He wants to be the best. As a coach, you go ‘what more can you ask for?’

“And he handles himself the right way. He handles himself the right way in the locker room and with the front office and the coaches. That’s a tough thing to do and still keep that locker room close. He’s been able to do that.”

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Jan 29, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates after winning the AFC Championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes on Black QBs starting Super Bowl: ‘It’s special’

Patrick Mahomes didn’t mince words on Thursday when asked about the importance of having two Black quarterbacks start a Super Bowl for the first time in the history of the game.

That’s precisely what will happen on Feb. 12 when Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs tangle with Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz.

“To be on the world stage and have two Black quarterbacks starting in the Super Bowl, I think it’s special,” Mahomes said. “I’ve learned more and more about the history of the Black quarterback since I’ve been in this league and the guys that came before me and Jalen set the stage for this. And now, I’m just glad that we can set the stage for kids that are coming up now.”

Mahomes, 27, said he envisions Super Bowl LVII as an opportunity to continue moving the needle forward.

“I think you’ve seen over time, whenever a guy like Doug Williams, or Michael Vick, or Donovan McNabb go out and play great football, it gives other guys like me and Jalen chances to have this platform and to have this spot on an NFL team,” Mahomes said. “And so, if we can continue to show that we can consistently be great, I think it’ll just continue to open doors for other kids growing up to follow their dreams and to be a quarterback of an NFL team. And it’s good that we have guys like Jalen on the other side because he’s a great person and obviously a great quarterback.”

Doug Williams, Russell Wilson and Mahomes are the lone Black quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl.

Williams guided the Washington franchise to a 42-10 victory over Denver in Super Bowl XXII and Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to a 43-8 win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

As for Mahomes, he fueled the Chiefs to a 31-20 triumph over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

The status of his ailing ankle could go a long way toward his bid to win a second ring. On Thursday, Mahomes said he didn’t aggravate the injury in Kansas City’s 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game this past Sunday.

“My whole body was sore after the game (but) I don’t think I took any steps backwards,” Mahomes said.

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Jan 21, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) moves the ball ahead of Jacksonville Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins (2) during the first half in the AFC divisional round game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (back) to play vs. Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is expected to suit up for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, multiple media outlets reported.

Kelce is listed as questionable to play in the AFC title game after being a late addition to the injury report on Friday due to back spasms.

Kelce recorded 14 catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 21.

One of those scoring strikes came from Patrick Mahomes, who is expected to start versus the Bengals. Mahomes participated in practice this week despite sustaining a right ankle injury against the Jaguars.

The Chiefs listed wide receivers Mecole Hardman (pelvis) and Justin Watson (illness) as questionable.

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Nov 20, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and head coach Andy Reid during the pregame warmups before playing the Kansas City Chiefs at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Reid: Patrick Mahomes will play in AFC Championship

Patrick Mahomes first said it. Now Kansas City head coach Andy Reid confirmed it — the Chiefs’ quarterback will play in next week’s AFC Championship Game against Cincinnati.

Reid told reporters Monday that Mahomes is “doing OK” after sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Saturday’s divisional playoff victory over Jacksonville.

Mahomes declared himself fit to play hours after the injury on Saturday, saying, “I’ll be good to go.”

“Obviously, I have a lot of adrenaline going right now, so we’ll see how it feels,” Mahomes said then. “But I’ll hop right in the treatment and try to do whatever I can to be as close to 100 percent by next week. Luckily for us, we played the early game on Saturday, so we get an extra almost half a day that I can let that ankle rest.”

Mahomes was hurt late in the first quarter when he was tackled by Jacksonville’s Arden Key and Corey Peters. Key fell on Mahomes’ right lower leg as Mahomes fell awkwardly to the ground.

The Chiefs and Bengals meet Sunday afternoon, with the winner advancing to the Super Bowl.

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Jan 21, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is brought down by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) during the first half in the AFC divisional round game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has high ankle sprain

An MRI on Sunday confirmed that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sustained a high ankle sprain during the team’s AFC divisional round win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, ESPN reported Sunday.

Mahomes, a former NFL MVP and two-time All-Pro, said he intends to play in next Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against either the Cincinnati Bengals or Buffalo Bills. The third-seeded Bengals and second-seeded Bills meet on Sunday in Buffalo.

“It feels better than I thought it was going to be now,” Mahomes said Saturday after the 27-20 victory sent the top-seeded Chiefs into AFC title game for the fifth straight season.

“Obviously, I have a lot of adrenaline going right now, so we’ll see how it feels. But I’ll hop right in the treatment and try to do whatever I can to be as close to 100 percent by next week. Luckily for us, we played the early game on Saturday, so we get an extra almost half a day that I can let that ankle rest.”

Mahomes, 27, sustained the injury to his right ankle in the first quarter after he was tackled by Jacksonville’s Arden Key and Corey Peters. Key fell on Mahomes’ right lower leg as the quarterback fell awkwardly to the ground.

Backup Chad Henne entered the game with 9:59 left in the second quarter, shortly after Mahomes was told by coach Andy Reid to go back to the locker room for an examination.

Mahomes, who said X-rays on his ankle were negative, returned to the Kansas City bench during the possession, but he remained on the sideline in his jacket. Instead, he watched Henne drive the Chiefs 98 yards on 12 plays for a touchdown.

Upon his second-half return to the field, Mahomes went 4 of 7 for 50 yards in the third quarter and was 6 of 8 for 61 yards in the fourth with a touchdown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 27-17 lead with 7:08 remaining. He even added 3 rushing yards after halftime.

Should the Bengals win on Sunday, the Chiefs will host next week’s game in Kansas City, Mo.

If the Bills emerge victorious on Sunday, the AFC title game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta after NFL owners approved a resolution earlier this month to adjust the playoffs in order to address the competitive inequities created by the cancellation of the Buffalo-Cincinnati game in Week 17. That game was postponed on Jan. 2 after Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field.

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Jan 21, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half in the AFC divisional round game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (ankle) exits game vs. Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes departed Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars due to a right ankle injury.

The Chiefs announced with about six minutes left in the first half that Mahomes was questionable to return.

Mahomes was hurt late in the first quarter on a play in which he was tackled by Jacksonville’s Arden Key and Corey Peters. Key fell on Mahomes’ right lower leg as Mahomes fell awkwardly to the ground.

Backup Chad Henne entered the game with 9:59 left in the second quarter, shortly after Mahomes was told by coach Andy Reid to go back to the locker room for examination. Mahomes threw his helmet down in disgust.

Mahomes returned to the Kansas City sideline during the possession but he remained on the sideline in his jacket. Instead, he watched Henne drive the Chiefs 98 yards on 12 plays for a touchdown.

Mahomes completed 12 of 15 passes for 84 yards before heading to the locker room.

Henne, 37, famously finished off a Kansas City playoff victory two seasons ago after Mahomes left with a concussion. The Chiefs beat the Cleveland Browns 22-17 that day to reach the AFC title game.

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Nov 27, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) on field against the Los Angeles Rams prior to a game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes unfazed by foot issue

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes downplayed concern that his bruised foot will affect his status for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Mahomes said he felt fine on Wednesday and didn’t believe that the injury would be an issue for this weekend’s game. The 2018 NFL MVP was expected to participate in practice later in the day.

“It has felt good,” Mahomes said. “You always deal with bruises and little things throughout the NFL season. Luckily for me, it’s a bruise and something I can bounce back from. I can be back out there in practice and get better, which is what we’re trying to do.”

Mahomes, 27, sustained the injury while being sacked by Cincinnati Bengals edge rusher Joseph Ossai late in the fourth quarter. That was the final offensive play of the game for Kansas City, which saw Cincinnati run out the clock in the Bengals’ 27-24 victory on Sunday.

Wide receiver Kadarius Toney did not play in that game — or the Chiefs’ previous contest — due to a hamstring injury.

Toney, however, was expected to participate in practice on Wednesday.

“We’ll see,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Toney’s potential return to action this weekend. “I’m going to let him get out there and work a little bit. We’ll see how he does with that. We’re not going to bring him back and have him hurt it again.”

Toney, 23, has six catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in three games with the Chiefs after being acquired in a midseason trade with the New York Giants.

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