The Kansas Chiefs advanced to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday by defeating the Cleveland Brows in a tight encounter, 22-17. Unfortunately, it came at a considerable price for the defending champs, as they lost superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a head injury following a huge hit from Browns linebacker Mack Wilson.
After the game, Wilson reached out to Mahomes via Twitter, to which the reigning SuperBowl MVP responded without incident:
All good brother! 💪🏽 https://t.co/ORwLG6eFTV
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) January 17, 2021
Much has been made of the exchange, with more than a few supporters taking out their frustration on Wilson for what they deemed to have been an unsportsmanlike play. Wilson himself expressed his regret for Mahomes' injury. For his part, the Chiefs QB has done his best to quell all the unwanted drama by gracefully responding to Wilson's earlier tweet. Clearly, there is no bad blood between the pair.
Regardless, the Chiefs are still facing a huge dilemma ahead of their conference title bout against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Mahomes has been placed in the league's concussion protocol and could be in danger of missing the AFC Championship Game. Then again, there is some hope that the 25-year-old will be able to clear the league's protocol this week, but at this point, this is anything but a certainty.
Should Mahomes be forced to miss Sunday's contest, Chad Henne will be in line for a spot start, as he looks to lead Kansas City to a second consecutive SuperBowl appearance.