Bettors may be on Kansas City’s side, but history certainly isn’t.
The odds are stacked against the Chiefs, despite the team being favored to win Saturday’s divisional round game against the Colts, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes is focusing on the future rather than the past.
“For me, it’s my first playoff game,” he said Wednesday, via Arrowhead Pride. “I’m excited just to be here, and at the same time, get the opportunity to go out there and win games like this. When you [are growing] up, you want to play games like this. You get older and you want to be a professional athlete, you want to win on the biggest stage.
“So for me, it’s about going out there to be myself, lean on my teammates, and win a big football game.”
Mahomes has been sensational under center, throwing for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns while leading contenders to win the regular-season MVP award. However, he could struggle as a first-year starter making his first playoff appearance, as quarterbacks making their first postseason start dating back to 2013 are 4-11.
Adding insult to injury, the Chiefs are 0-6 in their last six playoff games at home and winless at Arrowhead Stadium since 1993 — before the second-year signal-caller was even born.
“I have a big advantage here — that I have a lot of great teammates that can make a lot of plays,” Mahomes said. “I don’t have to try to do too much. I don’t have to try and make a huge play every single time. Just get the ball out of my hands and get to Tyreek (Hill)… get it to (Travis) Kelce… get it to all these guys that can make plays, and let them do what they’ve been doing all season.”
The Chiefs are slated to host Andrew Luck and the Colts at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday.