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By Mark Mahoney

Remarks from Mark


January 21, 2021

Ty Rushing

Countdown to kickoff • Christina, Hazel and Mark Mahoney and Ty Rushing are ready to watch the Kansas City Chiefs play the Cleveland Browns in the postseason, Sunday, Jan. 17. The Chiefs defeated the Browns 22-17.

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

That's how I view the Kansas City Chiefs' 22-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, that sent my favorite pro football team on to the next round of the playoffs.

Going into the game, I thought the Chiefs were going to win, of course, but not with backup quarterback Chad Henne finishing off the victory.

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City's starting quarterback, was knocked out of the contest in the third quarter with an injury, which was reportedly a tweaked nerve in his neck.

After Mahomes left the game, I honestly believed the Chiefs were doomed for a defeat despite having the lead, but somehow they held on to win.

My good friend – and fellow Kansas City fan – Ty Rushing hung out with me in Bloomfield as we watched the Chiefs play the Browns in the AFC divisional round.

We were surprised Kansas City outlasted Cleveland because the Chiefs have a mostly heartbreaking postseason history, other than two Super Bowl wins 50 years apart.

However, Kansas City fans are living through a golden era of pro football as the Chiefs are still alive in the playoffs to defend their Super Bowl championship.

Kansas City will host the Buffalo Bills in the AFC title game Sunday, Jan. 24, at Arrowhead Stadium, a game I wish I could attend in person.

The Chiefs are getting ready to host their third straight AFC championship contest, which no team has ever done before in NFL history.

The only other NFL team to host three consecutive conference championship games was the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC after the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Coincidently, the head coach of the Eagles during that time was Andy Reid, who currently coaches Kansas City.

Mahomes and Reid are two of the main reasons for Kansas City's recent run of success, which I hope continues far into the future.

I'm also hoping Mahomes – the former league MVP and reigning Super Bowl MVP – is cleared to play against Buffalo.

While it's better to be lucky than good sometimes, the Chiefs need the game of Mahomes if they want to win back-to-back Super Bowls, which I hope they do.


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