Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Leaves Playoff Game Sunday With Injury

One of the brightest young stars in the NFL was injured and pulled from a pivotal playoff game during the third quarter Sunday. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was hit while running the ball during an option play, and he was slow to get up. Cleveland linebacker Mack Wilson delivered the hit on a 3rd-and-short play.

When team officials brought Mahomes to his feet, the quarterback was wobbly, and needed a little assistance to get to the sideline. He was later ruled out of the game because of a concussion, the CBS announcers reported.

Moments after leaving the field, Mahomes was seen catching his breath on the bench while under team doctor supervision. Mahomes was then seen trotting to the innards of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Chad Henne was brought in to replace Mahomes, and he guided the Chiefs downfield for a field goal to give Kansas City a 22-10 lead with 4:28 to play in the third quarter.

Cleveland got the ball back and scored a touchdown with 11:07 remaining in the game to cut Kansas City's lead to 22-17. Hence made two big plays in the final two minutes to help the Chiefs hang on to win.

Kansas City will host the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship next Sunday (01/24/21) at Arrowhead Stadium. The status of Mahomes' availability against the Bills is unknown at this time.

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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is sacked by outside linebacker Mack Wilson #51 of the Cleveland Browns, Mahomes is injured on the play and leaves in the third quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 17, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns are playing perhaps their most important playoff game in a quarter of a century against one of the best teams in that same span. The Browns got a double whammy of their own past luck in just one play against the Chiefs on Sunday.

The Browns trailed by 13 points, but were driving the field late in the first half. Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield tossed a deep pass to Rashard Higgins, who caught it and raced toward the right corner of the end zone. As Higgins dove with outstretched arms, Kansas City defender Daniel Sorensen dove to knock the ball free, and the ball tumbled through the end zone.

The game official declared it a fumble through the end zone, which resulted in a touchback. The play went to a review, and it was confirmed on the replay booth.

However, CBS rules analyst Gene Steratore was asked about the play, and he deemed that Sorensen should have been called for a personal foul for a helmet-to-helmet hit—or a targeting call—that would have given Cleveland the ball inside the 1-yard line.

Kansas City led the game, 16-3, at the time, and a Cleveland touchdown could have potentially made it 16-10 late in the half.

Instead, Kansas City got the ball back, marched into Browns territory and Harrison Butker booted a 28-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 19-3 lead going into the half. The sequence of events gave Kansas City more momentum, and seemed to deflate the Browns.

Cleveland received the ball to open the second half, but Mayfield threw an interception to Kansas City safety Tyrann Mathieu. Butker missed a field goal to end the drive, though.