Mahomes on OT in AFC title game: ‘I had the utmost confidence the defense was going to get the stop’

It’s been almost year since Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs fell at home to the eventual world champion New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, and on Sunday, the Chiefs have an opportunity to get revenge when they head to Foxboro to battle the Patriots.

In the AFC title game, the Patriots got off to a great start and led 14-0 at halftime, but the Chiefs’ offense finally woke up in the second half and would score 31 points. However, it was not enough as the Patriots would defeat the Chiefs 37-31 in OT. 

You got the sense going into OT that whoever received the ball first was going to win that game, and fortunately for the Patriots, they would receive the ball first, and even though the Chiefs’ defense struggled last season, and in the AFC title game, Mahomes believed the defense could get them the ball back in the extra period.

“Obviously, when you lose to a team, you’ll want to beat them the next time you play them,” Mahomes said on Wednesday. “I remember being on the sideline and having full confidence the defense was going to make the stop, and they got really close several times on that drive.

“You never have that defeated feeling until after the game is over, you would say. I had the utmost confidence the defense was going to get the stop in that possession, and we just came up a little short.”

The Chiefs were probably better than New England last season, and if Dee Ford does not line up offsides, which nullified an interception late in the contest, the Chiefs win that game. However, Tom Brady is Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick is Bill Belichick. In the end, that was slightly too much for the Chiefs.

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