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Mahomes cleared for AFC Championship Game

The Kansas City Chiefs will have Patrick Mahomes for the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills.

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Mahomes cleared for AFC Championship Game

Patrick Mahomes is out of the NFL's concussion protocol, clearing the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game with the Buffalo Bills. 

Mahomes' status had been in doubt since he suffered a concussion in the third quarter of the Chiefs' dramatic 22-17 Divisional Round win over the Cleveland Browns. 

Divisional Round - Cleveland Browns v Kansas City ChiefsKANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 17: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs drops back to pass over the defense of the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 17, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri

The Chiefs were able to cling on for victory over the underdog Browns with Chad Henne at quarterback. 

However, they will not have to cope for an entire game with backup Henne under center, Mahomes telling reporters on Friday that he was cleared to play.

"Luckily enough, I haven't had any symptoms and I'm able to play," Mahomes said. "I'll be able to go out there and be myself." 

On a toe injury from which he has also been suffering, he added: "Feeling a lot better. The next day was very sore, every day from then has gotten a lot better. It wasn't as bad as it looked and it felt that day and the day after." 

The 2018 MVP and Super Bowl MVP in the Chiefs' 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in last season's showpiece, Mahomes is looking to guide the Chiefs to back-to-back Super Bowls for the first time in franchise history. 

Should he lead the Chiefs to a win over the Bills, Kansas City will face either the Green Bay Packers or Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on February 7.