the NFL The divisional round started on Saturday with the AFC as the top seed Kansas City Chiefs Take the fourth seed Jacksonville Jaguars27-20, in the first postseason game between those two teams.
After coming up briefly with an apparent sprained ankle, QB Patrick Mahomes He returned to the game to start the second half and led his team to a fifth consecutive appearance in the AFC Asian Championships.
Next up on FOX, all eyes will be on the NFC, like the top seed Philadelphia Eagles Confrontation New York Giants (8:15 p.m. ET).
Here are the most important plays!
Kansas City Chiefs 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 20
We are out!
The Jags went three-and-out on their opening drive, but a 58-yard kick set up a long field for the Chiefs right out the gate. That didn’t stop Mahomes from making big plays early on, and hooking up with him Travis Kelsey to earn in double digits.
KC is on the board
The Chiefs took an early 7-0 lead after Mahomes hit Kelsey for an 8-yard score midway through the first quarter.
Jags isn’t long in coming, like Jamal Agnew He returned the ensuing kickoff 63 yards.
a few plays later, Trevor Lawrence Connected with Christian Kirk In order to drop the game.
Mahomes was injured
Mahomes’ right leg folded late in the first quarter, and the star caller limped severely after the collision. He remained in the game until the end of the quarter. The Chiefs’ head athletic coach sprained his ankle before the second quarter and KC settled for a field goal on the ensuing possession. Just like that, the Chiefs lead 10-7.
On the next Jags drive, JaMycal Hasty They picked up 23 yards on the ground, but ended up kicking the ball wide.
Elsewhere, Mahomes was ushered into the locker room, and the Chiefs’ backup quarterback Chad Heaney Checked in game. The 37-year-old is a former Jaguars player who has started one game over the past eight years on his way to the mile on Saturday.
All gas, no brakes
The Chiefs extended their lead, 17-7, when Henne connected with Kelce for a 1-yard score late in the second quarter after Isiah Pacheco They came up with a big win to put the home team deep in the red.
Meanwhile, Mahomes returned to the Chiefs sideline but did not enter the game. Before halftime, Jacksonville added a field goal to make it game one, at 17-10.
Chiefs fans let out a collective sigh of relief when Mahomes got back into the game to start the second half.
It was a 10-point game at the end of the third quarter, 20-10, after four consecutive strikes by both teams and a Chiefs field goal.
However, KC’s double-digit lead was short-lived, as Jacksonville’s offense came up with a smooth trick play on the next drive, followed by a Travis Etienne striking in a 4-yard touchdown run to close the gap, 20-17, early in the fourth quarter.
Just like that, it was a one possession game with 11:49 to play.
You’re going up!
In the campaign of presidents that followed, Jojo Smith Schuster We came up with a massive 16-yard pickup truck to put KC in the red. then, Marquis Valdes-Scantling He finished the job, staggering on a short touchdown pass to give the home team a 27-17 advantage.
What could it have been
The Jags were ruthless on their next drive, driving downhill with a double-digit gain after another and a hard run from Lawrence to catch a decisive first late in the game.
However, Jacksonville coughed the ball up after Agnew fumbled a first-and-goal, and KC took over at their own 3-yard line with 5:29 left in the game.
Seal the deal
The Jags soon got another chance to turn things around, as the Chiefs went three-and-out after the turnover, but Lawrence’s deep pass was intended Jones costume He was picked up by a rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson Late in the final frame.
Things ended soon after, 27-20, after a late field goal by the Jaguars.
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