What Patrick Mahomes learned from 2021 season, playoff loss to Bengals: ‘You can never rest’

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Patrick Mahomes has been the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs for four-plus seasons, and in each of the full seasons he’s played, the Chiefs have made the AFC title game. They have been to the Super Bowl twice and won once. Last season was the first in a long time where Mahomes and the Kansas City offense struggled, and they lost a playoff game they arguably should have won.

From Weeks 5 through 9, Mahomes completed 60.3 percent of his passes for an average of 6.0 yards per attempt, threw six touchdown passes against six interceptions as Kansas City went 3-2, but averaged just 17.4 points per game. He and the rest of the offense got back on track through the regular season and first 2.5 playoff games, but the second half of their AFC Championship loss to the Bengals was pretty ugly.

Kansas City led 21-10 at the half and had a chance to go ahead, but Mahomes threw an errant pass to Tyreek Hill just before halftime, allowing the Chiefs to run out the clock instead of giving them a chance to punt. A field goal. In the second half, they managed just three points and lost 27-24. Mahomes says he learned a big lesson from the season’s struggles and the loss to Cincinnati.

“You can’t rest. That’s the biggest thing,” Mahomes said. For athletics“Every game I’ve played in the playoffs, for the most part, it’s been back and forth and we’ve had to fight to the end. We got up a lot, we got rested. Then (the Bengals) got the momentum. Couldn’t get it back. I’ll hold onto that for the rest of my life. We won a Super Bowl.” We’ve won. But you want to get at least two or three within the next few years.”

The Chiefs are off to a 2-0 start this season, and Mahomes is 54 of 74 for 595 yards and a league-high seven touchdowns, with zero interceptions. (He tried to throw at least a pair of picks against the Chargers last week, only to see them get knocked down or overturned by a penalty.) This weekend, he has a date with the Colts, whose defensive coordinator — Gus Bradley — is the coach he got back on track with in the middle of last season. . So, there’s a chance to extend the hot start and position the Chiefs to reclaim a spot in the AFC and put them on track to host another AFC title game. If they can get back there, they can still reach those two or three Super Bowls.

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