KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs received two big plays from their quarterback near the end of the game to keep the 22-17 division victory in Sunday’s division over the Cleveland Browns, but that player was not Patrick Mahomes.
With Mahomes in the locker room after a concussion and being kicked out of the game, Chad Henn made two big plays to save the bosses. On Chiefs’ last drive, he slipped 13 yards, ending with a dive to try to reach the marker in first place to create a fourth and 1 throw.
He completed a five-yard pass to Tirik Hill to allow the chiefs to continue driving and to run out of time.
“When you’re around him, you just know,” Reed said of why he trusted Henn, who hasn’t been a regular starter since 2014, when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars. “Everyone trusts him.
“I think we’ll all remember running, diving and then throwing.” Mohammes greeted his backup by tweeting “#HenneThingIsPossible” after the game.
Henne replaced Mohames in the third quarter. Mahomes was hit hard by Browns linebacker Mack Wilson on his third-quarter attempt and appeared unsure when he stood up. He was taken to the injury tent on the side for a quick examination before heading to the locker room.
“He’s actually doing very well,” Reed said after the game. “We’ll see how it goes tomorrow, but he’s feeling pretty good right now.”
Mahomes’ status for next Sunday’s AFC Championship match against Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium is unclear. The bosses beat the Bills 26-17 in Week 6 in Buffalo with Mahomes in a quarterback.
After the game, Wilson tweeted that he hoped Mahomes would be able to return for the AFC title game, to which Mahomes replied, “All good brothers!”
All good brother! 💪🏽 https://t.co/ORwLG6eFTV
– Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) January 17, 2021
If Henne has to play instead, the two plays he made on Chiefs’ last drive will help his teammates gain confidence that they can beat the Bills and qualify for the Super Bowl LV.
“It’s the whole heart,” defender Tyrant Mathieu told Hen on his last drive. “These are the moments that lift teams.”