The Kansas City Chiefs had plenty of what-if moments during their 2022 AFC Championship Game loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Among them, Patrick Mahomes failed to muster up much on offense over both the second half and overtime period.
After building a 21-3 lead in the first half, Mahomes ended up leading the Chiefs to a mere one scoring drive over the remainder of the contest. In the end, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow orchestrated arguably the most memorable comeback in team history to clinch a spot in Super Bowl 56.
Speaking during a press conference on Friday, Mahomes took a look back on the second half collapse against the Bengals, where he noted that his play after the first half was one to forget.
“Probably my worst playoff football I’ve probably played in the second half of that game,” Mahomes said.
In the second half and overtime, Mahomes combined to record 83 passing yards. He also posted a 34.0 quarterback rating in the latter half, which came after he had his way with the Bengals defense in the opening 30 minutes of the contest thanks to the stout 149.9 passer rating.
Mahomes went on to add that he aims to use the loss to the Bengals as a “learning thing.” He further noted that after the opening half of the game, he should have been “better at taking what’s there” in order to put “some type of points” on the board.
Mahomes has mentioned before that he aspires to view this defeat as “motivation going forward.” All eyes will be on whether he will be able to guide the Chiefs to a fifth straight appearance in the AFC title game over the upcoming season.