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Patrick Mahomes, The Chiefs’ first-year starting Quarterback,  never struggled against the Colts, and helped Kansas City break out of a playoff slump at home.

Decades of frustration, one loss seemingly more agonizing than the next. Nail-biters and blowouts alike, losses on the road and ones in front of their long-suffering and loyal fans. For 25 years now, the Kansas City Chiefs have come up empty, their season cut short before the AFC Championship – a game that ends with the winner hoisting a trophy named for longtime Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt.

So, yes, this one was special, a victory that was so much more than that. For only the second time in the last 12 tries, the Chiefs are winners in the postseason. For the first time since Joe Montana and Marcus Allen were repping the red and gold, Kansas City will play for the AFC title.

“Couldn’t be more excited,” Clark Hunt, Lamar’s son and current CEO of the Chiefs, said after the 31-13 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday afternoon. “It’s been a long time coming.”

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If you’re a Chiefs fan, it’s understandable if you’ve felt bad karma befell your team along the way. Even Montana couldn’t bring this team a Super Bowl. Couldn’t even get the Chiefs there.

And when Kansas City does seem to finally have a breakthrough team, they run into the Colts. Always the Colts. All week long, the talk has been about that debacle in the 2013 wild-card game, when Kansas city blew a 28-point second-half lead as Andrew Luck staged a comeback for the ages.

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Mahomes has been defying expectations all season, playing with a maturity beyond his years. This game was no different. With a storm dumping several inches of snow across Kansas City, the thinking was the teams would have to rely on their run games – not the Chiefs’ strength.

But Mahomes was 3-for-3 on the opening drive, including a gorgeous 34-yard strike to Sammy Watkins that put Kansas City at the Indianapolis 10. Damien Williams scored on the next play, and the tone had been set.

The Chiefs’ defense stepped up, and made Saturday’s game easier than what it could have been.

As good as the Chiefs’ offense has been all season, the defense has nearly been their equivalent — except bad. That wasn’t the case on Saturday, as they held the Colts to just 13 points.

They also kept Andrew Luck relatively quiet for the majority of the night. Luck finished the game with 18-of-35 with 196 yards and a touchdown, but outside of a no-huddle drive just before the first half, the Chiefs defense made Luck seem like the first-year starter in this game. There was never a real flow to the offense, and with the Chiefs putting up a quiet offensive night for them, it was more than enough to get by at home.

The most impressive part about Mahomes, is that we wouldn’t be shocked for a second if he were to beat either team and advance to the biggest game in American sports. He had one of the most impressive seasons at quarterback we’ve ever seen this season with 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

Patrick Mahomes Unfazed by the Magnitude of the Chiefs’ Historic Playoff Victory

For a guy who is just 23 years old, it’s amazing. But for Patrick Mahomes, we’re already at a point now where we expect success. That’s a lot of pressure, and kind of unfair to an extent.

But it also speaks volumes to just how good he is already. Next week, he’s got a chance to add to his legend.

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As the final seconds ticked away, Pat Sr. remained on his feet, still clapping, still shouting. As the game ended, everyone hugged and clapped and cheered. Hands made chopping motions, even those of the policeman there to provide security. Randi had screamed so loud she had started to lose her voice. She danced and danced, and as the windows to the suite opened, she screamed out of them, waving pom-poms.

Mahomes sauntered off the field while his family celebrated. His dad held an arm aloft, giving his son the thumbs up. Mahomes nodded, happy but not done. There’s more history to make next week. “He pushed the guy in,” his father said. “Now I’ve seen him do everything.” He shook his head and walked into the night.

Randi remained in the suite, overcome with emotion. “It’s overwhelming,” she said, as tears welled in her eyes and ran down her cheeks. She had 125 text messages on her phone. She didn’t plan to answer any of them any time soon. She thought about her boy and their squabble and everything he meant to her. She wanted to run down on the field and grab him and shake him and say, “Do you realize what’s happening right now?” She buried her face in her hands and sobbed happy tears, the best kind of tears, because she knows what’s happening right now. This season, her son took over pro football. On Saturday, he exorcised the demons of a fan base. Three weeks from now, he might just win the Super Bowl.

“It’s all just a little bit too much,” she said.

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Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech, and was drafted by the Chiefs with the tenth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mahomes is the son of former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes.

In his first year in the league, Mahomes served as the backup to Chiefs starting quarterback Alex Smith. After a trade that sent Smith to the Washington Redskins, Mahomes was named the starter for the 2018 season. That season, he became only the third player in NFL history to throw 50 touchdown passes in a single season (Tom Brady and Peyton Manning both accomplished this feat in 2007 and 2013, respectively). He was named to the First Team All-Pro and was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.

Coming out of Texas Tech, Mahomes was projected as a first or second round pick by the majority of analysts and scouts. During the throwing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, Mahomes’ passes were clocked at 60 mph, tying Logan Thomas and Bryan Bennett for the fastest pass ever recorded at the NFL combine. Mahomes was ranked the second best quarterback by SI.com, the third best by ESPN, and ranked the fourth best quarterback by NFLDraftScout.com After an impressive showing at the NFL Combine, representatives from 28 NFL teams were on hand to attend his pro day at Texas Tech. He became one of the fastest rising prospects during the draft process and had 18 private workouts and visits for team, which was the most for any prospect in 2017. Among the teams and coaches that he had workouts and visits with were the Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, and coaches from the Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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His father Pat Mahomes is a former Major League pitcher.

Mahomes is the godson of former Major League pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, who was a teammate of his father’s on the Minnesota Twins.

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Mahomes in the first round (10th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Buffalo Bills traded the 10th overall pick to the Chiefs for their first round pick, third round pick, and the Chiefs’ first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was the first quarterback selected by the Chiefs in the first round since they selected Todd Blackledge seventh overall in the 1983 NFL Draft.