SportsBeat KC podcast: Taking time to appreciate Chiefs’ playoff victory over Jaguars

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The AFC Championship Game is set and it’s on repeat. The Chiefs will play host to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday with the winner headed to the Super Bowl.

The meetings between these teams over the past two seasons have been close, all decided by a field goal. The problem for the Chiefs is they’ve lost all of them, even after holding a lead in the fourth quarter in every game.

Patrick Mahomes vs. Joe Burrow is the headliner, but there are plenty of other intriguing matchups in this one, and we spend the rest of the week talking about them.

But today’s show is dedicated to the Chiefs’ Divisional Round playoff victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chiefs have won 18 playoff games in 63 seasons as a franchise. We’re not about to overlook one.

After the Chiefs’ 27-20 victory, beat writers Jesse Newell and Herbie Teope discussed the game and the big news that emerged from it: Mahomes’ ankle injury. He missed a series — Chad Henne drove the Chiefs 98 yards for a touchdown — but returned to lead the victory.

All signs appear good for Mahomes to play against the Bengals, and we’ll learn more about his health this week.

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