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Despite loss, future is bright for Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs, say NFL observers

Patrick Mahomes meets with media after overtime loss in AFC Championship

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes meets with the media following the Chiefs 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes meets with the media following the Chiefs 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

More than a few fans had a different feeling about the Chiefs’ season-ending loss to the Patriots as compared to years past.

While New England’s 37-31 overtime victory in the AFC Championship Game was another playoff disappointment the Chiefs, many Kansas City supporters felt optimistic.

A big reason for that is quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who completed his first season as a starter and threw 50 touchdown passes and for more than 5,000 yards. He also helped the Chiefs win their first home playoff game in 25 years when they beat the Colts in the AFC divisional contest.

Around the nation, many NFL pundits also believe the Chiefs have a sunny future.

Mike Jones of USA Today wrote a column with the headline, “Despite loss to Patriots, Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs will be back to seize the AFC — and soon.” Here is an excerpt: “The loss to the Patriots and narrow miss of their first Super Bowl appearance in 49 years does indeed sting. New England outlasted this squad on Sunday — and who knows if the game would have ended differently if the Chiefs won the overtime coin toss and their offense at least got a chance. But Reid, Mahomes and Co. are indeed building something here. This wasn’t a fluky season. The Chiefs are on the verge of taking over as the AFC’s elite squad.”

In his “Good Morning In America” column, Peter King wrote: “With apologies to Teri Hatcher in the famous ‘Seinfeld’ episode, Mahomes is real, and he’s spectacular. He lost this game, and he missed his share of throws in a 16-of-31 performance, but he won a city. After 19 starts for the Chiefs over the past 13 months, Mahomes can do no wrong in Kansas City. This fandom knows it has its franchise player for the next decade-and-a-half, even if Chiefs Kingdom went to bed weepy Sunday night.”

ESPN’s Mike Greenberg noted that Mahomes has played in just 19 NFL games.

Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports wrote a column with the headline, “Patrick Mahomes’ busted lip among telling priorities Chiefs must address to avoid wasting QB’s insane talent.” Here is part of what he wrote: “While the defeat is bitter for sure, many players noted afterward how tight the locker room is, and how much hope Mahomes’ performance gave them for the future. Not only did he challenge them at halftime after a miserable start and manage to follow through on his promise to score 30, he nearly lifted his team to victory despite being under constant duress.”

The commentators on Fox Sports’ “First Things First” said Mahomes has a bright future:

Charles R. McDonald of Bleacher Report wrote a story with the headline, “Patrick Mahomes is just getting started.” Here is a snippet: “While this loss is definitely going to sting, Mahomes and the Chiefs are poised for more playoff runs in the future. Based on the season he just put together, Mahomes is just getting started.”

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From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.
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