Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback for Kansas City Chiefs, locked horns with the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC title game at the Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The hosts won the game 23-20 and will face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl on February 12.
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The Sunday divisional game will be remembered as the ‘ankle game’. Mahomes, who sustained an ankle injury only eight days ago, recovered this week and made a stunning run in the final quarter to seal the match. He had faced three defeats against Joe Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals this year and the odds were stacked against him. The All-Pro quarterback was also missing three wide receivers to injuries.
Harrison Butker kicked a 45-yard field goal to give Kansas a late win.
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“I don’t think we have any cigars,” Mahomes said with a smile, taunting Burrow, “but we’ll be ready to go in the Super Bowl.”
Patrick Mahomes completed 29 of his 43 attempted passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns – one to wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling and other to his favourite target tight end Travis Kelce.
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“I want to thank God, man,” Mahomes told Tracy Wolfson of CBS. “He healed my body this week to battle through that. He gave me the strength to be out here.”
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“I think it’s just about being a competitor,” he said. “All you can do is just mentally prepare yourself and your body throughout the week, and then you get to game day and you just have to focus on the game. That’s what I’ll try to do is prepare my body the best I can and get to the game and just go out there and play and try to find a way to win.”
Patrick Mahomes race: What is the quarterback’s ethnicity, and nationality?
Patrick Mahomes’s ethnicity is mixed. His mother, Randi Gall Martin, is Caucasian, while his father, Patrick Lavon Mahomes, is an African-American.
Mahomes’ nationality is American.