Watch: Patrick Mahomes fires dart to Marquez Valdes-Scantling for Chiefs TD vs. Bengals
A banged up, hobbled Patrick Mahomes continues to make massive plays in the AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the latest putting the Chiefs up 20-13 late in the third quarter.
The Chiefs led 13-3 early on after Mahomes found tight end Travis Kelce, his top weapon, for a touchdown on a fourth-down play.
The Bengals came back to tie Sunday’s AFC Championship Game at 13-all, but Mahomes had a quick answer.
Facing a third-and-10, Mahomes dropped back, maneuvered in the pocket to escape pressure and fired a bullet to wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who hauled in the TD just past a diving Bengals defender.
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The throw showcased impressive arm strength from Mahomes, who had to fit the ball into the tightest of windows and then hobbled over to the sideline, continuing to play through an ankle injury sustained one week earlier against Jacksonville.
The Chiefs’ next series didn’t go quite as well, as Mahomes lost a fumble as he was preparing to fire a pass, giving Cincinnati the ball in KC territory.
As of his third-quarter touchdown pass, Mahomes had completed 20 of 28 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He also passed Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana for second on the all-time list for touchdown passes in conference championship games.
Mahomes, who is playing in his fifth conference title game, has 14 touchdown passes. Montana had 13 — doing so in seven conference title games.