The NFL Divisional Game is in full swing!
The AFC takes center stage first, as the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs host the fourth-seeded Jacksonville Jaguars in the first playoff game between the two teams.
Patrick Mahomes returned to action after a brief sideline with an apparent tall ankle sprain.
KC wraps up its wild-card bye week after beating Jacksonville after taking a 20-point lead in Week 10 of the regular season. But if there’s one thing we know about Jags, it’s that no lead is safe.
Later, all eyes will be on the NFC as the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles take on the New York Giants (8:15pm ET, Fox).
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Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs
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The Jaguars had a three-pointer in the opening game, but a 58-yard punt set up a long field for the Chiefs just outside the gate. That didn’t stop Mahomes from making a big move early on, hooking up with Travis Kelce for double-digit gains.
KC on the board
The Chiefs took a 7-0 lead after Mahomes hit Kelce for an 8-yard score midway through the first quarter.
Jamal Agnew returned the ensuing drive for 63 yards, and the Jaguars didn’t fall behind for long.
A few plays later, Trevor Lawrence connected with Christian Kirk for the game-tying touchdown.
Mahomes’ right leg rolled up late in the first quarter, and the superstar signal-caller limped badly after the collision. He stayed in the game until the end of the quarter. The Chiefs’ head athletic coach sprained his ankle before the second quarter, and KC made a field goal on the ensuing possession. Just like that, the Chiefs lead 10-7.
The Chiefs’ backup quarterback is 37-year-old Chad Henney, a former Jaguars forward who has started just one game in the past eight years.
on the move
On the Jags’ next drive, JaMycal Hasty picked up the ground for 23 yards, but they ended up kicking the ball away.
Elsewhere, Mahomes was ushered into the locker room and Henne checked the game for the Chiefs.
Full throttle, no brakes
The Chiefs extended their lead 17-7 late in the second quarter after Henne and Kelsey ( Kelce) for a 1-yard score.
Meanwhile, Mahomes returned to the sideline for the Chiefs but did not play. Before the break, Jacksonville made a field goal to make it 17-10.
There was a collective sigh of relief among Chiefs fans when Mahomes returned to the game to start the third quarter.
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