Patrick Mahomes: Chiefs can't make same mistakes against Patriots in rematch

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Patrick Mahomes hasn’t forgetten about Kansas City’s 43-40 loss to the Patriots in Week 6 as the Chiefs prepare for Sunday’s AFC championship matchup. 

Mahomes reflected Wednesday on the heartbreaking loss from earlier this season, and said the Chiefs can’t make the same mistakes if they want to advance to the Super Bowl.

“We didn’t feel good. Especially me, and I felt like we didn’t play our best, especially early in the game,” Mahomes told reporters Wednesday of the Week 6 loss.

Mahomes acknowledged the amount of history within the Patriots’ program along with the caliber of the team behind 41-year-old quarterback Tom Brady, but he said he doesn’t think that will get in the way this time around. The 23-year-old quarterback said the Chiefs have learned their lesson from Week 6’s loss after they were down 24-9 at halftime, but weren’t able to capitalize on a strong comeback run. 

“When you play teams of this caliber, you play teams with this much history of knowing how to win and capitalizing on people’s mistakes you can’t come back and win games like that. It was shown that game,” Mahomes explained. “For us, we’ve learned from that, know we can’t make those mistakes. We have to come out with our best effort from the beginning of the game all the way through the end and it’s going to be a dog fight for the entire game if you want to try to come out with a win.”

Despite the Week 6 loss, Mahomes threw for an impressive 352 yards and four touchdowns against the Patriots in their first meeting. But he said New England pulled out new moves it hadn’t used all season, which the Chiefs weren’t expecting. 

“They did what they always do, and that’s come out with unscouted looks, stuff they haven’t shown in weeks, maybe even years and then try to throw it on you and surprise you,” he said. “For us, it’s about finding ways to adjust to that as fast as possible and going out and having success and making those in-game adjustments in order to capitalize earlier in the game than we did last time.”

Mahomes said his focus this time around in the postseason will be on making adjustments quicker to prevent falling behind early, adding when “you play veteran teams like this, you have to make sure you have a plan for everything every single play.”

The Patriots will travel to Kansas City for the conference championship game with kickoff set for 6:40 p.m. ET. on Sunday.