Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes spent the first few games in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.
And not the good kind.
Playing in his fourth consecutive AFC title tie, Mahomes threw two costly interceptions as the Cincinnati Bengals bounced back from an 18-point deficit to disturbing Team Leaders 27-24 during overtime.
The Bengals, who had been leading 21-3 at the end of the first half, took a 21-13 lead at the 31-yard Evan McPherson field with less than three minutes remaining in the third half. On the next ball, Mahomes was successfully saved by BJ Hill.
This is the first time Mahomes intercepted in an AFC match. He entered Sunday’s game with a total of nine passes and picked no points in his previous three collegiate championship appearances.
Cincinnati also capitalized on a rare interception, with quarterback Joe Burrow finding Ja’Marr Chase from afar to score the opener from two yards out. Burrow then hit Trent Taylor wider on a two-point conversion to close the game in the final 15 seconds of the third inning.
Mahomes’ second intercept was even worse. After the Captain won the overtime coin toss, Mahomes sent a deep pass 1/3 and 10 for the vast Tireek Hill, but the pass was broken by safety Jessie Bates III and blocked by a bronze Von Bell safety industry.
Starting at their own 45-yard line, the Bengals easily moved into range and set up McPherson’s 31-yard match winner.
Mahomes was hot in the first half, going 18 of 21 in the air for 220 yards and three touchdowns with a quarter rating is 149.9. But his play dropped dramatically after the break, with the Bengali holding him to 55 yards of passes, two interceptions and a QB of 12.3.
Another first on Sunday for Mahomes: the extra-time defeat to Burrow and the Bengals was the first time he’s lost to a midfielder other than Tom Brady in the post-season. Mahomes enters Sunday, February 9 in the post-season, with losses to Brady and New England Patriots in the title game AFC 2018 and Brady and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
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