While most of the NFL world praised Patrick Mahomes’ performance in the AFC Championship Game, an NFC defensive coach told Mike Sando of The Athletic that Mahomes flopped on the final offensive play of the game when he was shoved by Bengals defensive end Joseph Ossai.
“That is what the owners want, $40 million skill players flopping on the ground, drawing fouls from [part-time officials who double as] chemistry teachers, medical device salesmen and the like,” this anonymous coach told Sando.
Mahomes himself thought it was a dangerous play deserving of a penalty and he explained why he went down the way he did on that final play.
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“The most pain I had was stopping,” said Mahomes, who was dealing with an ankle injury during the game. “So once he pushed me, it would have been hard to put my foot in the ground and try to stop. So I rolled through it. You get over there with the heaters and the benches and people, that’s where a lot of times, people get hurt. I think that’s the reason why there’s a flag for getting pushed out of bounds like that late.”
“I mean, I was pretty far out of bounds. It was probably the furthest I’ve been out of bounds before I’ve been hit. So I rolled through it. The flag was thrown the right way, and that got us into field-goal range.”
After that play, Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker then made the game-winning field goal from 45 yards out.
No matter what that coach thinks, the Chiefs won the game and he will be watching them play in the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Patrick Mahomes led the NFL with 5,250 passing yards this season. No passing yardage leader has ever won the super bowl that year. The 27-year-old is a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time First Team All-Pro selection is also most likely to hear his name called as the NFL MVP for the second time in his career at the NFL Honors on Thursday.
A Super Bowl ring could be a great cherry on top for the king of Kansas City.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.