Patrick Mahomes is probably going to win the MVP award for this season. Let’s face it, the 23-year old has been magnificent, and his performances were beyond every expectation.
We all knew that he has enormous talent and that he might be the best thing which happened to the Chiefs in the past, let’s say 10 years. It turned out, that Mahomes might be the best thing which happened to the whole of NFL in the previous several seasons.
Colts’ head coach Frank Reich used the term “generational arm talent” for Mahomes two days ago.
“His arm talent is just crazy,” Reich commented on the Chiefs QB. “He’s a legit ‘generational arm talent'”
Now, he needs to prove his value in the postseason. All his achievements during the regular part of the campaign won’t mean a thing if he fails to make some noise in the playoffs.
Despite the fact that it is his first playoff game, he is in a must-win position. Simply, that is everybody is looking at him, not as the guy who played his first full season, but as someone who has to win the Super Bowl.
At the press conference before the game against the high-flying Indianapolis Colts, Mahomes spoke about the fact that this territory is new for him, but also added that this is what he wanted.
”For me, it’s my first playoff game,” Mahomes told the reporters. “I’m excited just to be here, and at the same time, get the opportunity to go out there and win games like this. When you [are growing] up, you want to play games like this…. So for me, it’s about going out there to be myself, lean on my teammates, and win a big football game.”
The Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game at home for 25 years now. The last time that happened, Mahomes wasn’t even born. It was a game against the Steelers, in the Wild Card round of the 1993 season.
When asked if that might create some pressure on him and the rest of the boys, the player ruled out that possibility.
”That’s… in the past,” Mahomes finally said. “All of us… we’re here now. We’re focused on the present day.”
He spoke about the Colts and their performances in the several previous games. Mahomes stated that they entered each contest pretty strong, immediately imposing the high-tempo and creating the pressure on the opponents. The cure for such a style if responding with the same strategy only more powerful.
“We got to match the intensity right out the gate, if not, try to take it to another level,” the biggest candidate for the MVP award said.” We know that they are coming in with a lot of confidence, they won a lot of their last game… but at the same time we do as well.”
Patrick Mahomes joined Peyton Manning as the second player to throw 50 touchdowns and collect 5,000+ yards in one season.
His Chiefs are averaging 35.3 points per game the highest in the league, and 425.6 yards from scrimmage, also the best in the NFL.
But there is one thing which makes Chiefs fans very uneased before this meeting.
Their history against the Colts.
The franchise from Indianapolis hasn’t lost a single game against Kansas City in the playoffs and, on the other hand, they won four in 1995, 2003, 2006 and 2013. Most of the Chiefs fans are feeling headaches when they hear about the game from five years ago, as they dropped a 28-point lead, and allowed the hosts in that contest, to make the second highest comeback in the history of the playoffs.
All these things are building up pressure on Andy Reid’s boys. Are they capable of handling that? Well, the time will show.
Mahomes is somebody who isn’t burdened with the past, because he knows that he has the future in front of him whatever happens this Saturday.
For him, this is the biggest challenge of his young career, and there is no doubt that the youngster is going to look at it like that and not as some hunt on the ghosts from the past.
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