A playoff win by the backup was a nice human interest story but Kansas City football fans realize a fundamental fact regarding the future success of the team: The Chiefs can't repeat Super Bowl glory without Patrick Mahomes.
And so, all eyes are directed toward his health and pesky NFL liability protections.
Here are some of the more interesting links on the topic for tonight . . .Protocol Confronts Paddy
4:40 PM ET Kevin SeifertESPN Staff Writer Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is in the NFL's concussion protocol, and that's really all we can say about his status six days before the AFC Championship Game.
Liming Towards Super Bowl
Patrick Mahomes was grimacing - and limping - after the Chiefs' second touchdown Sunday. He injured the big toe on his left foot, needing attention in the blue medical tent in between series. But that became a footnote (pun intended) when the Chiefs' quarterback departed with a concussion with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter.
Cowtown Head Check
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs fans held their collective breath on Sunday. The heat of an NFL playoff game grew even more tense when Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes wobbled off the field with an injury. The Chiefs medical staff hasn't confirmed that Mahomes has a concussion, but Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said [...]
Compulsive Gamblers Still Betting On Kansas City Repeat
12:02 PM ET David PurdumESPN Staff Writer Close Joined ESPN in 2014 Journalist covering gambling industry since 2008 For now, the Kansas City Chiefs remain the team to beat, but things could change quickly depending on the status of quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Momma Talks Trash
During the third quarter of Sunday's AFC Divisional playoff game, Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a concussion following a hit that was delivered by Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson. Following the play, Mahomes' mother, Randi, tweeted her frustration concerning the play and called it "trash football."
Footballer Bounty Disputed
Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett denied the assertion his teammates were headhunting when Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes left Sunday's game with a head injury. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made the claim after the win, telling reporters he heard Browns players yelling, "That's what we do. That's what we do."
Kansas City Health Threat
Patrick Mahomes' concussion scare reminds the Chiefs there's one thing they can't control in quest to repeat
Defending a championship is hard in any pro sport. In a world full of alpha athletes, you become the hunted, the one that other great teams and players - all of whom are, by nature, far more competitive than you or I could even dream of - measure themselves against.
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