Playoffs / AFC

Uh Oh, Patrick Mahomes Has a Defense Behind Him Now

Posted On: Jan 13, 2019   |   Posted By: Slate

The Kansas City Chiefs were supposed to have a weakness. While the offense was electric and free-scoring all season, Kansas City's defense treated opposing teams with uncommon politeness. An overall no. 1 seed in the AFC belied just how hapless they were when not in possession of the ball. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was good enough to paper over those cracks during the regular season (to be fair, he could have papered over the Grand Canyon), but conventional wisdom suggests bad defensive units get exposed in the playoffs. In a stunning upset, conventional wisdom was torn to shreds on Saturday, and the Chiefs' suddenly ferocious defense walked all over the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round. Kansas City won 31-13, but that palindrome flatters the visitors.

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