Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes reacts to Chad Henne’s game-winning play vs Browns
The Kansas City Chiefs lacked their superstar quarterback for most of the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Yet, they survived. Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the country watched Chad Henne seal a victory in Arrowhead Stadium, leading Kansas City to the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills.
Mahomes doesn’t yet know if he will play next week, but he knows his season with the Chiefs isn’t over. He expressed gratitude and admiration to Henne, his backup, for bringing home the win… and he did so in a hilarious way:
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) January 17, 2021
Mahomes led the Chiefs to four scoring drives on four possessions in the first half, as Kansas City built a 19-3 halftime lead. The No. 1 seed in the AFC and the defending Super Bowl champion appeared to be on their way to a blowout win. However, everything took an alarming turn for coach Andy Reid’s team when Mahomes took a nasty hit on a short-yardage option keeper. He went into the medical tent and entered the concussion protocol.
Chad Henne, who — crucially — played all of the Chiefs’ Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers and therefore wasn’t entirely rusty, had to step in and give Kansas City enough offense to hold off the Browns.
Cleveland reduced its 16-point halftime deficit to only five points, at 22-17, midway through the fourth quarter. Henne threw an interception when the Chiefs were driving inside the Browns’ 40-yard line. That mistake denied Kansas City a crucial field goal which would have pushed the home team’s lead to eight points.
After the Chiefs’ defense stopped Baker Mayfield and the Browns, Kansas City got the ball back. It needed two first downs to run out the clock. It got one first down and then faced 4th and 1 near midfield with just over 1:10 left. Everyone expected a running play, but Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy had Henne execute a rollout pass which he completed to Tyreek Hill to seal the win.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs move on. “Henne-thing is possible.”