Patrick Mahomes may have suffered an injury that keeps most players out for several weeks.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback missed about a quarter of the game and was still able to lead his team to victory.

The limping Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs are on their way to their fifth straight AFC championship game after their 27-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates as he is introduced prior to kickoff against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The Chiefs got off to a good start and Travis Kelce scored on his first drive.

The Jags responded with a Christian Kirk score.

On Kansas City’s ensuing drive, a Jaguar player fell on Mahomes’ ankle, forcing him to waste time. In Mahomes’ absence, backup Chad Henne drove Kansas City down the field 98 yards. The drive included a 39-yard run by rookie Isiah Pacheco, and Kelce found the end zone again.

The Chiefs led 17-10 at halftime, and a limping Mahomes, who appeared to have a high ankle sprain, returned to the game.

Clearly Mahomes wasn’t 100 percent, but it didn’t matter for much of the third quarter as the Jags punted on both of their drives in the period. Kansas City put another field goal on the scoreboard.

But Trevor Lawrence began the fourth quarter marching the Jaguars down the field, and Travis Etienne’s rushing touchdown made it 20-17 with 11:49 to go.

Kansas City responded immediately. Mahomes led a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a 6-yard touchdown run to Márquez Valdés-Scantling, as the Chiefs came back up for 10 with 7:08 to play.

Travis Kelce (87) of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with teammates after scoring an 8-yard touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter in an AFC divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Mo.

Travis Kelce (87) of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with teammates after scoring an 8-yard touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter in an AFC divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Mo.
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Jacksonville responded by getting inside the Chiefs 10-yard line, but Jamal Agnew fumbled and the Chiefs rallied. Jacksonville forced a three-and-out, but Lawrence threw an interception on the second play of the ensuing drive.

The good news for Jacksonville? They did cover the spread with a last-minute 48-yard field goal by Riley Patterson. The Jaguars went for the onside kick, but were unable to recover, clinching the victory for the Chiefs.

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Mahomes completed 22 of his 30 passes for 195 yards. Fourteen of those completions went to Kelce, who had 98 receiving yards.

Lawrence was 24 of 39 for 217 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Zay Jones led all Jacksonville receivers with 83 yards on five catches.

Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Kansas City Chiefs returns at the start of the third quarter of an AFC divisional playoff against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Kansas City Chiefs returns at the start of the third quarter of an AFC divisional playoff against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium on January 21, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The Chiefs will face the winner of Sunday’s matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals. If the Bills win, the game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. If Cincy wins, the Bengals will head to Arrowhead Stadium.