Patrick Mahomes Gives Praise to God After AFC Championship Win: ‘He Healed My Body … He Gave Me the Strength’


Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs punched their ticket to Super Bowl LVII with a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

There was ample praise to go around, from Mahomes playing with a badly injured ankle, to star tight end Travis Kelce playing with a back he had just injured during a Friday practice, to star defensive lineman Chris Jones putting on a one-man show against the Bengals o-line.

But when asked about the game in a post-game interview, Mahomes didn’t mince words … none of the Chiefs deserved to be thanked first.

No, Mahomes opted to thank God first, in an incredible post-game moment with CBS Sports reporter Tracy Wolfson:


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“First of all, I wanna thank God, man,” an excited and hoarse Mahomes said immediately after the game. “He healed my body this week to battle through that. He gave me the strength to be out here.”

For the unaware, Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain during the AFC Divisional round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (the Chiefs won 27-20), and his status was actually up in the air for Sunday’s game.

High ankle sprain recovery times can vary, but four weeks is generally considered the absolute fastest recovery table. Mahomes was able to return to play football in a matter of about four days.

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Of course, Mahomes did eventually shower praise on his team, noting how they “stepped up” when it mattered most.

For Mahomes, the win had to have been triply sweet.

First of all, the Bengals and their fans had been talking a lot of trash leading up to this game, labeling the Chiefs stadium “Burrowhead” and even demanding that Mahomes take a DNA test to verify that Joe Burrow was his father (the Bengals quarterback hadn’t lost a game to the Chiefs until Sunday).



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