The NFL divisional round is in full swing!
The AFC took center stage first, as the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs are playing host to the fourth-seeded Jacksonville Jaguars in the first postseason matchup between these two teams.
K.C., coming off a wild-card bye week, previously beat Jacksonville in Week 10 of the regular season after jumping out to a 20-point lead. But if there’s one thing we know about the Jags, it’s that’s no lead is safe.
After exiting briefly with an apparent high-ankle sprain, QB Patrick Mahomes reentered the game to start the second half.
Later, all eyes will be on the NFC, as the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles face the New York Giants (8:15 p.m. ET, FOX).
Here are the top plays!
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs
And we’re off!
The Jags went three-and-out on their opening drive, but a 58-yard punt set up a long field for the Chiefs right out the gate. That didn’t stop Mahomes from making big plays early, connecting with Travis Kelce for a double-digit gain.
K.C. on the board
The Chiefs took an early 7-0 lead after Mahomes hit Kelce for an 8-yard score midway through the first quarter.
The Jags didn’t trail long, as Jamal Agnew returned the ensuing kickoff 63 yards.
A few plays later, Trevor Lawrence connected with Christian Kirk for the game-tying touchdown.
Mahomes’ right leg got rolled up on late in the first quarter, and the superstar signal-caller was limping heavily after the collision. He stayed in the game until the end of the quarter. The Chiefs’ head athletic trainer wrapped his ankle ahead of the second quarter and K.C. settled for a field goal on the ensuing possession. Just like that, the Chiefs took a 10-7 lead.
The Chiefs’ backup QB is 37-year-old Chad Henne, a former Jaguar who has started one game over the past eight years.
On the move
On Jags’ next drive, JaMycal Hasty picked up 23 yards on the ground, but they ended up punting away the ball.
Elsewhere, Mahomes was ushered to the locker room, and Henne checked into the game for the Chiefs.
All gas, no brakes
The Chiefs extended their lead, 17-7, when Henne connected with Kelce for a 1-yard score late in the second quarter after Isiah Pacheco came up with a monster gain to put the home team deep in the red zone.
Meanwhile, Mahomes returned to the Chiefs sideline but didn’t enter the game. Ahead of the break, Jacksonville added a field goal to make it a one-score game, 17-10.
Chiefs fans let out a collective sigh of relief when Mahomes checked back into the game to start the second half.
It was a 10-point game at the end of third quarter, 20-10, after four consecutive punts from both teams and a Chiefs field goal.
Stay tuned for updates!
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