Patrick Mahomes certainly knows how to lift his teammates up – and not just with his arm.
Early in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, 22-year-old receiver Mecole Hardman muffed a punt deep in Kansas City territory, which allowed the Bills to take an early 9-0 lead, leaving a rather bleak outlook early on for the Chiefs.
A disappointed Hardman returned to the sidelines, only to receive positive reinforcement from his quarterback.
“For Mecole, all I told him was he’s gonna make a play in this game that’s gonna change the game,” Mahomes told 610 Kansas City’s “The Drive on Monday. “He ended up making a couple of em.”
Inside the NFL also happened to capture Mahomes and other Chiefs teammates trying to keep Hardman’s head up.
“Hey look at me. Look at me,” Mahomes tells Hardman. “Hey, we good. Be you! You’re gonna make a play in this game!”
On the very next possession, Hardman put the Chiefs on the board with a 3-yard touchdown catch.
Hardman followed that up with a 50-yard run on the first play of the next Chiefs possession, which set up a touchdown-scoring drive to give the Chiefs a 14-9 lead which they would not look back on.
“When you get the ball to him, he makes plays happen,” Mahomes said. “That was the gameplan regardless. We’re not going to waver. We believe in every single guy in this team. We’re gonna get them the football.”