Kansas City Chiefs fans spent last week praying for quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ sprained ankle. After leading the team to a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night, Mahomes thanked God before a national television audience.
“First off, I wanna thank God, man,” Mahomes told Tracy Wolfson of CBS. “He healed my body this week to battle through that. He gave me the strength to be out here. I was with this team, man. We played together. I said it from the beginning, when we were in the locker room, I said we gotta be together, and this team stepped up. It’s a great football team and we showed this place that it’s Arrowhead, it’s not Burrowhead out here.”
Even as he limped around Arrowhead Stadium, Mahomes was still 29-for-43 passing with 326 yards and two touchdown passes. He had eight rushing yards. In the fourth quarter, Mahomes set the Chiefs apart from the Bengals with a five-yard run and as he ran out of bounds, he was pushed from behind by Bengals defensive end Joseph Ossai. The defender was penalized for unnecessary roughness. It moved the Chiefs up 15 yards. Harrison Butker then nailed the 45-yard go-ahead field goal to give Kansas City the lead and eventually win the game.
The Chiefs will play the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl on February 12. Jalen Hurts, the starting quarterback for the Eagles, also is a Christian.
“I’ve just matured and realized that God is everything and he’s worthy of praise,” he told CBS. “You have to put him at the center of everything that you do. That’s what I believe. All my spiritual wisdom — all of my wisdom as a whole — comes from him in some way, shape or form, whether that be passed down from my father, my mother, my grandmother. I just think, in all the things that we experience in life — good, bad or indifferent — you have to keep him in the center.”
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