Chiefs hold off Jaguars, Eagles advance

Chiefs hold off Jaguars, Eagles advance

Updated: 9 days, 13 hours, 21 minutes, 57 seconds ago

MIAMI: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes overcame an ankle injury as the Kansas City Chiefs held off the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) reaching their fifth straight AFC Championship game with a 27-20 win, while the Philadelphia Eagles enjoyed a comfortable 38-7 win over the New York Giants in the NFC.

Chiefs tight-end Travis Kelce delivered a game-winning performance with 14 catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns as a hobbling Mahomes saw his team to within one win of a third Super Bowl appearance in four years.At a cold, wet but rocking Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs took the lead with their first drive of the game in familiar fashion as Mahomes found Kelce with a short pass and the tight-end turned and dashed into the end-zone.

Jacksonville responded immediately, however, with Trevor Lawrence connecting with Christian Kirk on a ten-yard touchdown pass.

But Mahomes was hurt when Jaguars linebacker Arden Key landed on him while he was going down under a tackle.



Mahomes remained in the game for the rest of the drive, which ended in a Chiefs field goal, but then went to the locker-room and did not return for the rest of the half.

Backup quarterback Chad Henne, a former Jaguar, took over and he led the Chiefs to a 17-7 lead with a one-yard pass to Kelce after a 98 yard drive.

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The Jags reduced the deficit before half-time with a field goal, but there was a major boost for Kansas City when Mahomes returned for the second half, albeit with a heavily strapped right ankle.

A 50-yard field goal from Harrison Butker made it 20-10 and Travis Etienne ran in from four yards for a Jaguars touchdown but despite Mahomes still looking far from comfortable, the quarterback found Marquez Valdes-Scantling with a six yard pass to restore the ten-point advantage.

But with Jacksonville closing in on a touchdown with less than six minutes to go, receiver Jamal Agnew fumbled and the Chiefs recovered.

The Jaguars defense forced the Chiefs to punt, only for Lawrence to throw an interception on the next drive with Jaylen Watson making a superb one-hand grab.

Riley Patterson's 48-yard field goal gave Jacksonville the opportunity of an on-sides kick, but the Chiefs recovered the ball to secure the win.

Mahomes remained in the game for the rest of the drive, which ended in a Chiefs field goal, but then went to the locker-room and did not return for the rest of the half.Backup quarterback Chad Henne, a former Jaguar, took over and he led the Chiefs to a 17-7 lead with a one-yard pass to Kelce after a 98 yard drive.The Jags reduced the deficit before half-time with a field goal, but there was a major boost for Kansas City when Mahomes returned for the second half, albeit with a heavily strapped right ankle.A 50-yard field goal from Harrison Butker made it 20-10 and Travis Etienne ran in from four yards for a Jaguars touchdown but despite Mahomes still looking far from comfortable, the quarterback found Marquez Valdes-Scantling with a six yard pass to restore the ten-point advantage.But with Jacksonville closing in on a touchdown with less than six minutes to go, receiver Jamal Agnew fumbled and the Chiefs recovered.The Jaguars defense forced the Chiefs to punt, only for Lawrence to throw an interception on the next drive with Jaylen Watson making a superb one-hand grab.Riley Patterson's 48-yard field goal gave Jacksonville the opportunity of an on-sides kick, but the Chiefs recovered the ball to secure the win.