The Kansas City Chiefs had lost Patrick Mahomes to a blackout and were at risk for losing the game.
At that point their defense and Chad Henne — their defense and Chad Henne?! — alongside a gutsy call by Andy Reid kept their expectations of a Super Bowl rehash alive, holding off the Cleveland Browns 22-17 on Sunday to progress to their third consecutive AFC title game.
With their star quarterback decreased to an onlooker, the frequently failed to remember bundle inverse Mahomes’ powerful offense constrained the Browns to punt in the fading minutes. At that point, his 35-year-old reinforcement demonstrated some moxie with a 13-yard third-down scramble and nervy fourth-down finishing to Tyreek Hill — when pull out all the stops Reid chose to take the plunge — that gave the Chiefs (15-2) a first down with a little more than brief left and permitted them to run out the clock.
“That’s why we love Big Red. He’s always on time,” Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “He’s like our spirit warrior out here behind the scenes. He’s always trying stuff. We always knew he has one play on the table.”
Or then again, as Mahomes composed on Twitter after the success: “#HenneThingIsPossible.”
“We go through all those Saturday night with the quarterbacks, those situations: ‘Fourth-and-1 to win the game, what do you want?’” said Reid, who never once thought about punting on fourth down. “My coaches were on board, they all did a great job with the spot, with the calls, everything — they were spot-on. It was a great job.”
Mahomes hadn’t played in 21 days, since the Chiefs secured the AFC’s favorite in Week 16, yet he barely thought twice prior to leaving halfway through the second from last quarter. He completed 21 of 30 for 255 yards and a TD, and ran for another score.
Harrison Butker added three field objectives for the Chiefs, who almost blew a 19-3 lead yet made due to turn into the primary AFC group to have three continuous meeting title games. They’ll confront the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.
“It stings,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “We came here to win and didn’t get the job done. There is a finality to that.”
Dough puncher Mayfield tossed for 204 yards with a score and a pick for the Browns (12-6), who were falling off their first season finisher win since the 1994 season. Yet, their failure to drive for the triumphant score — they punted with 4:23 left in the game — and guarded disappointment shielded them from dominating two season finisher matches in a season unexpectedly since 1950.
“It came down to us on defense and we let it slip,” Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett said. “We had two opportunities. We didn’t make it happen. It was right in front of us and we just — this time we didn’t get it done.”
Mahomes finished 11 of his initial 12 passes and drove the Chiefs to consecutive scores to begin the game. He ran for the first and let Travis Kelce transform a dump-off into a 20-yard get for the other, making him the main player since the 49ers’ Steve Young in 1995 with three straight season finisher games with TDs on the ground and through the air.
Indeed, Mahomes was so sharp passing in the principal a large portion of that he even finished a celebratory hurl to a fortunate fan in the most distant scopes of Arrowhead Stadium’s upper deck following his score hike.
After the groups traded field objectives, with Butker breaking the Chiefs season finisher record with a 50-yarder into the breeze, the Browns walked for what might have been an energy swinging score heading into halftime. In any case, exactly when Rashard Higgins attempted to extend over the objective line, the Chiefs’ Daniel Sorensen showed up to convey a hit, popping the ball into the end zone for a touchback — the call remained after a video survey.
The whole appearance of the game changed from the get-go in the second from last quarter, however.
To start with, the Browns held the Chiefs when Mayfield tossed a block attempt and Butker missed a field objective. At that point, Mayfield drove them energetically the alternate way, covering a 77-yard drive with a TD toss to Jarvis Landry. Lastly, approximately 17,000 fans permitted in the arena because of pandemic were left sitting in shocked quiet when Mahomes was handled around the head with 7:27 left in the quarter and left folded on the turf close to midfield.
Mahomes, as of now tottered by a foot injury, staggered as he attempted to get to his feet. He was ultimately served to the blue tent on the sideline, at that point raced to the storage space, where he was assessed for a blackout.
“It kind of knocked the wind out of him and everything else,” Reid said after the game. “He’s doing great right now, which is a real positive as we look at this. He passed all the deals he needed to pass and we’ll see where it goes from here.”
The energy at last turned, the Browns started to lean intensely on their vaunted run game, which had created only 18 yards in the main half. Scratch Chubb changed over on fourth down with a hard run, at that point Hunt followed another fourth-down transformation on a similar drive by hitting the end zone against his previous group to make it 22-17 with 11:07 to go.
It stayed with Cleveland when Karl Joseph took out Henne in the end zone a couple of moments later, however the Chiefs stuffed Chubb on first down, constrained an inadequacy and eventually made Cleveland punt.
Henne’s gutsy scramble and Reid’s similarly challenging fourth-down consider shielded the Browns from getting another opportunity.
“It’s a little different when your quarterback goes down, someone so important to your offense and your team,” Kelce said, “but you have to throw it all into the same bucket of, ‘When adversity hits, what are you going to do? Where does your mind go? Where do we go from here as a team?’ We rallied around Chad, gave him some confidence, knowing we were out there making plays every single snap, just like if Pat was out there.”
BACK ON THE FIELD
Stefanski made his season finisher head training debut subsequent to missing a week ago’s down in Pittsburgh due to COVID-19. Expert Bowl OL Joel Bitonio and CBs Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson likewise were back from their diseases.
Browns: LT Jedrick Wills Jr. left with a lower leg injury on their first hostile play. His reinforcement, Kendall Lamm, left with an elbow injury, compelling Blake Hance to show up.
Chiefs: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (lower leg) was latent subsequent to getting back to rehearse this week unexpectedly since mid-December. CB Bashaud Breeland left in the final quarter with a blackout.
The Chiefs start getting ready for the Bills next Sunday. They beat them 26-17 in Buffalo in Week 6.
Abraham Ancer of Mexico wins WGC event for 1st PGA Tour title
Abraham Ancer of Mexico won the FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns with a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole of a playoff.
Ancer won the World Golf Championships occasion at TPC Southland after Burns’ 5 1/2-foot putt — on a similar line as Ancer — lipped out.
Ancer, the 30-year-old former University of Oklahoma player who was brought into the world in McAllen, Texas, shut with a 2-under 68 to coordinate with Matsuyama and Burns at 16-under 264. Matsuyama shot a 63, and Burns had a 64.
Ancer turned into the fourth Mexican winner on the PGA Tour, following Victor Regalado, Cesar Sanudo and Carlos Ortiz, and the seventh player to win a WGC event for his first tour victory. He’s projected to leap to tenth on the world ranking.
Harris English, the 2013 champion at TPC Southwind, was a stroke back after a 73 in the wake of driving get-togethers of the initial three days.
On the principal additional opening, Ancer, Burns and Matsuyama, coming off a bronze-medal playoff loss in the Tokyo Olympics, made fair runs at birdies. Matsuyama had the most brief endeavor — from 20 feet — and it almost went in the cup prior to lipping out.
Bryson DeChambeau, two strokes behind English get-togethers third-round 63, had a 74 to tie for eighth at 12 under. He missed the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.
Erik van Rooyen won the Barracuda Championship for his first PGA Tour title, getting done with 50 focuses in the changed Stableford scoring system.
Van Rooyen, the 31-year-old previous University of Minnesota player from South Africa, eagled the standard 4 eighth and shut with a birdie on the standard 4 eighteenth for a five-point triumph over Andrew Putnam at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course.
Players get eight focuses for a gooney bird, five for falcon, two for birdie and zero for standard. A point is deducted for an intruder, and three focuses are removed for a twofold intruder or more terrible.
Van Rooyen had a 16-point final round, making the falcon, six birdies and an bogey.
Van Rooyen hopped from 139th to 78th in the FedEx Cup standings, with the main 125 get-togethers Wyndham Championship one week from now procuring spots in the season finisher opener at Liberty National. He procured a spot in the PGA Championship one year from now yet not the Masters in light of the fact that the occasion is being played inverse a World Golf Championship — the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee.
Putnam won the 2018 occasion for his solitary PGA Tour title.
US GOLF ASSOCIATION
Kentucky junior Jensen Castle won the U.S. Ladies’ Amateur, beating Arizona junior Hou Yu-chiang of Taiwan 2 and 1 in the 36-opening last at Westchester Country Club.
Palace, from West Columbia, South Carolina, won in the wake of opening with a 7-more than 79 on Monday in the first round of stroke play and enduring a 12-for-2 season finisher late Tuesday to get into the 64-player field for match play. She’s the third No. 63 seed to win a USGA title, following Clay Ogden in the 2005 U.S. Beginner Public Links and Steven Fox in the 2012 U.S. Beginner.
After Hou won the 30th and 31st with birdies to pull inside one, Castle took the standard 4 33rd with a standard, lost the standard 3 34th to Hou’s birdie and finished off the match with a birdie on the standard 4 35th.
Positioned 248th on the world amateur ranking, Castle wrapped up a automatic spot on the U.S. Curtis Cup group this month in Wales. She likewise procured spots in the Women’s British Open at Carnoustie in about fourteen days, and the 2022 ANA Inspiration, U.S. Ladies’ Open, Evian Championship and Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
Scotland’s Grant Forrest held off England’s James Morrison in the Hero Open for his first European Tour title.
Forrest birdied the last two openings at Fairmont St Andrews for a 6-under 66 and 24-under 264 aggregate. Morrison was a stroke back after a 63.
The 28-year-old Forrest is the principal home victor in Scotland on the European Tour since Paul Lawrie in the 2012 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Spain’s Santiago Tarrio was third at 21 under after a 68.
KORN FERRY TOUR
Joshua Creel won the Utah Championship for his first Korn Ferry Tour title.
Creel made a 30-foot birdie putt on the standard 4 eighteenth for a 7-under 64 and 24-under 260 absolute at Oakridge Country Club. He hopped from 64th to 32nd in the season standings with the best 25 get-togethers ordinary season finale one week from now in Omaha, Nebraska, procuring PGA Tour cards.
Hayden Buckley (61), Taylor Montgomery (67) and Peter Uihlein (67) tied for second, two strokes back.
Mexico’s Fernanda Lira won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, Michigan, for her first Symetra Tour title. She birdied five of the last six openings for a 10-under 62 and a six-stroke triumph. She completed at 19-under 197. … Denmark’s Marcus Helligkilde won the Vierumaki Finnish Challenge, driving wire-to-wire for his first European Challenge Tour title. He shut with a 71 for a 23-under 265 aggregate. He shot a 61 in the first round. Sweden’s Jesper Svensson was two strokes back after a 68.
Paris Saint-Germain prepare to offer Lionel Messi a three-year contract to join Ligue 1 club
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offer Lionel Messi a three-year agreement to move to the French capital, sources have told ESPN, and feel an arrangement is close get-togethers beginning discussions with Messi’s delegates.
Prior on Friday, PSG mentor Mauricio Pochettino affirmed that signing the 34-year-old “was a possibility,” and sources have disclosed to ESPN that further arrangements with Messi’s dad and specialist, Jorge, are planned Monday, or perhaps sooner.
The arrangement, as per sources, could affect the futures of PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
Sources disclosed to ESPN that PSG reached out to Messi on Thursday following the startling declaration from Barca that he would not be marking another arrangement with them. PSG brandishing chief Leonardo and chairman Nasser al Khelaifi are vigorously engaged with the conversations with Messi, having been in touch with his dad, Jorge, for quite a while.
Talking at a news conference in front of PSG’s initial round of the Ligue 1 season, Pochettino contract that data. “Obviously [signing Messi] is plausible,” he said. “The club is working on it and if there is any information we will communicate it as soon as possible.”
Sources added that Messi joining PSG would improve the probability of Mbappe, who is out of agreement the following summer, signing another drawn out manage the club. This would harm Real Madrid’s expectations of marking the 22-year-old on a free exchange the following summer.
Messi’s appearance in Ligue 1 would likewise mean PSG end their advantage in marking Manchester United midfielder Pogba, which means he would run down his agreement at Old Trafford prior to turning into a free specialist the following summer.
PSG have for quite some time been vocal about their desires to sign Messi since he reported in August 2020 that he needed to leave Camp Nou. Sources have revealed to ESPN that while on vacation in Ibiza with Messi, PSG’s Neymar was pushing him to join the club. Messi additionally had discussions with Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti on the matter.
PSG proprietor Tamim canister Hamad is anxious to carry Messi to the club, and sources have revealed to ESPN that he is being kept educated regarding every one of the discussions. Container Hamad has been quick to sign either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since he purchased the club in 2011.
In any case, there will be weighty monetary ramifications for PSG should they figure out how to allure Messi to the club. While he is a free specialist in the wake of running down his agreement with Barca, the 34-year-old would in any case order an enormous agreement as far as wages, commissions, a marking on expense and rewards.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta on Friday said he would not like to create bogus expectation over the odds of Messi returning and added that nobody is greater than the club.
“I don’t want to generate false hope,” Laporta said. “During the course of negotiations, we’ve known of other offers for Messi. There was a time limit, for us and for them, because they need time.
“The leagues are starting. I am not willing to mortgage the club for 50 years for anybody. The decision is made, there is no more margin and the reason is financial fair play. We have a limit when it comes to player salaries.”
Gerald McCoy, a six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman, sign with Las Vegas Raiders
Gerald McCoy had an encounter with the Raiders on Wednesday and he’s not leaving Las Vegas.
McCoy, a six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman, has endorsed with the Raiders, the team declared.
A long-term staple in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beginning lineup, McCoy is presently headed for his fourth team in four years. McCoy played his last season with the Bucs in 2018, played a year for the Panthers in 2019 and afterward signed with the Cowboys in front of the 2020 campaign. Nonetheless, McCoy never played a down for Dallas as he was delivered in the wake of supporting a torn quadriceps tendon.
The third-generally speaking pick of the 2010 NFL Draft is 33-years of age now and is plainly not one of the premier defensive tackles in the game as he used to be. Yet, how and on the off chance that he can return at an undeniable level for the Raiders will be the common inquiry.
McCoy will vie for a task at protective tackle – where Johnathan Hankins and Quinton Jefferson are the current beginning top choices – in the wake of answering to his visit in Vegas “in good shape,” as per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
McCoy joins a high-profile guarded line unforeseen in the desert that features Yannick Ngakoue, Maxx Crosby, Clelin Ferrell and Carl Nassib, among others. Yet, regardless of the huge names, the pass surge has since a long time ago grieved the Raiders. Maybe the comeback story of McCoy could be the appropriate response.
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