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Chiefs move on to the AFC Championship game despite Patrick Mahomes concussion

Kansas City holds off Cleveland to move on to the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills

 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chad Henne (4) throws against the Cleveland Browns during the second half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium.  Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs came out in their Divisional Round matchup without a trace of rust despite their starters being three weeks removed from meaningful snaps. The Cleveland Browns limited the damage, but Patrick Mahomes started the game with a beautiful rushing touchdown and hit Travis Kelce for a 20-yard touchdown, giving his team a 19-3 lead at halftime, despite a missed field goal and extra point.

Baker Mayfield and the Browns came to play though, as Mayfield led a scoring drive, connecting with his most trusted receiver, Jarvis Landry, for a short touchdown to move within nine points. Not going for the 2-point conversion there was questionable, but the Browns were still in it. And then disaster struck the Chiefs.

Midway through the third quarter Mahomes was tackled and his helmet was slammed to the ground. As the Chiefs all-world quarterback was helped up, he was noticeably wobbly, showing that he had suffered a concussion. He was later ruled out and it was backup quarterback Chad Henne’s job to finish the game.

In the fourth quarter, Mayfield and company were able to score yet again, this time on a Kareem Hunt touchdown run with 11 minutes left in the game to make it 22-17. But, the Chiefs defense and Henne came up big late.

To end it, Andy Reid gambled by going for it on 4th and inches at mid-field, giving Henne a chance to hit Tyreek Hill for a four-yard gain to seal their shot at going back to the Super Bowl.

Kansas City will now host the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game next Sunday. Mahomes’ healthy will be closely monitored in the coming week.