Saturday’s divisional-round playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium offers some interesting angles, but none better than the first matchup between quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Andrew Luck.
They were the top two in the regular season in passing touchdowns, Mahomes with 50 in his first season as a starter, Luck with 39 in his first season back from an ailing shoulder that kept him sidelined for the 2017 season. Their 89 combined touchdown passes are the most ever in a playoff matchup.nike nfl jerseys for cheap
Luck has momentum after leading the Colts to a 21-7 road victory over the Houston Texans in the wild-card round. Mahomes had a fantastic debut season, becoming the second player in NFL history to throw 50 touchdowns and for at least 5,000 yards.
But Mahomes has never played in a playoff game. He was a backup as a rookie during last season’s wild-card loss to the Tennessee Titans.
So Mahomes is still a playoff unknown.
“Everything is a little faster in the playoffs,” coach Andy Reid said. “That’s how things go. At the same time, he’s got to be himself and continue to play and lead like he’s been doing. I don’t think he’ll have a problem with that. I think he understands that. He’s wired the right way to handle all of it.”cheap nike nfl jerseys china
Despite being a backup, Mahomes received a primer on how the playoffs work in last season’s game against the Titans. The Chiefs led 21-3 at halftime and appeared well on their way to the next round.
The Titans dominated the second half, scoring all 19 points and winning 22-21.
“Every possession counts,” Mahomes said. “Every play counts. You have to find ways to win. It’s all about who goes out there and plays a full game and finds a way to win in the end.