Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has made it pretty clear that his high ankle sprain won’t keep him out of the AFC Championship game next Sunday, and his head coach believes that will be the case as well. .

Andy Reid spoke to reporters Monday after a successful Saturday night in which his Chiefs defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-20, to advance to the playoffs.

The win came with a very scary moment when pass-rusher Arden Key fell on Mahomes’ ankle, causing the sprain Reid confirmed Monday. While Mahomes was clearly frustrated at having to walk out of the game (Chad Henne orchestrated a touchdown pass while Mahomes wrapped his ankle heavily in the locker room), he came back in the second half.

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The bandaged right ankle of Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes during the playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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He was pretty limited on that ankle, though, as he limped on certain plays and was a bit hesitant to move around the pocket.

Reid has since said Mahomes «is fine» and is of the same mindset of wanting to start Kansas City next week against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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«He’s done amazing things in a limited amount of time,» Reid said via The Athletic.

It’s safe to say that Mahomes’ ankle will be a talking point all week in the NFL, as his mobility creates those extended plays and crazy passes we’re used to seeing every week.

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023.

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023.
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The Bengals’ pass rush was also a problem for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, as Josh Allen shot out of the pocket and disrupted their offensive rhythm.

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The result was just 10 points from one of the best offensive units in the league.

But Mahomes certainly remembers what happened last year in the playoffs, when the Bengals came to Kansas City and shocked everyone by picking up a win to advance to the Super Bowl. It’s a revenge game for the Chiefs, who can host the Bengals once again in this exciting matchup.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes listens to game calls during the Bears preseason game on Aug. 13, 2022, in Chicago.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes listens to game calls during the Bears preseason game on Aug. 13, 2022, in Chicago.
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Can Mahomes make those magic plays on that ankle? While high ankle sprains often take weeks to recover from, he understands what’s at stake: a trip to the Super Bowl or his team heading into the offseason yet again.