Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and Texas Tech football alum Patrick Mahomes II is once again on top of the world after his team shocked the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game with a 17-10 road victory on Sunday. It marks the fourth Super Bowl appearance for Mahomes who never in his career as a starting QB has failed to reach the Conference Championship Game.
Naturally, Texas Tech football fans are reveling in the fact that one of our own is the face of the NFL and the best player in the league. So let's celebrate Mahomes' latest achievement by looking at what he had to say after winning the Lamar Hunt Trophy once again.
Playing on the road didn't phase Patrick Mahomes II or the Chiefs
One interesting storyline from this year's Kansas City postseason run was that for the first time with Mahomes as the starter, the team had to play a road playoff game. Many thought that the Chiefs' recent success in the playoffs had been due in large part to playing at home so often over the past six seasons. However, Mahomes said he was confident in his team's ability to win games away from Arrowhead Stadium.
"I knew going on the road, we were going to be OK," he said in the postgame trophy presentation on CBS. "We've got a lot of dogs in that locker room and those guys came to play today. The defense, offense, special teams, we came back and like [Chiefs' owner] Clark [Hunt] said, we were going to win this trophy with Norma Hunt's name on our jersey, we promise you that so we went out and got that thing."
Norma Hunt was the wife of Lamar Hunt, who founded the Kansas City Chiefs. She passed away in June of 2023 so winning the trophy named after her late husband, the father of Clark Hunt, had to be extra special for the entire Kansas City organization. Mahomes paying tribute to Mrs. Hunt with his remarks also shows his appreciation for the history of the organization and his respect for the Hunt family.
Mahomes not taking the Super Bowl for granted
For a player who has now been to four Super Bowls in six years, it might seem like playing on the game's biggest stage is old hat. However, Mahomes was adamant that each Super Bowl appearance is special.
"You don't take it for granted, either," he said in his post-game press conference. "You never know how many you're going to get to, or if you're going to get to any and so it truly is special. Just doing it with these guys, after what we've been through all season long, guys coming together, it really is special. But I told them, the job's not done."
This AFC title likely feels special to Mahomes because it was the first time in his career that his team has been doubty by most pundits. Many predicted K.C. would fall to the Buffalo Bills on the road last week and few picked them to beat the No. 1 seeded Ravens in Baltimore. However, the NFL was once again reminded to never count Patrick Mahomes out.
Mahomes says he enjoyed playing on the road in the playoffs
Any competitor loves a challenge. That's especially true for Mahomes, the ultimate competitor, and he said that he enjoyed playing away from home this year.
"Just going into two hostile environments, having to come together as a team and to win those games and to hold that trophy it really was special," he said. "But if I had my choice, I'd rather do it at Arrowhead [Stadium]..."
The odds-makers have installed the San Francisco 49ers as a slight early favorite for the Super Bowl which is only fitting given how this season has unfolded for Kansas City. It will only add more fuel to the fire for Mahomes and his team and that's something that no one should do given what we've seen from the best player in the NFL over the past six seasons.