The Kansas City Chiefs deferred from the opening kickoff to get the ball to start the second half. It paid off as they went into halftime down 10 points and drove 75 yards for the score. Running back Isiah Pacheco scored a one-yard touchdown to get the Chiefs back within three.
Pacheco was drafted in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He got off to a solid start in the first quarter but was largely absent from the second quarter as the Philadelphia Eagles controlled the time of possession. After the opening drive of the second half, Pacheco now has eight carries for 38 yards and a touchdown in the game.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was dealing with some ankle pain from his high ankle sprain suffered in the early stages of the playoffs. Even though he is staying in the game, it was expected that Pacheco could get more carries to try and take pressure off of him.
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