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NFL: Saturday's Divisional Playoffs reaction: Mahomes injury a major worry

The Kansas City Chiefs overcame an injury to star quarterback Patrick Mahomes to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 in Saturday's Divisional Round clash.

The Chiefs advance to the AFC Championship Game for the fifth year in a row, but will now have concerns about the fitness and mobility of their star quarterback for the rest of the postseason.

In the NFC, the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles blew out the New York Giants 38-7 on the back of 268 rushing yards and a command performance from QB Jalen Hurts.

Chiefs' careful approach to Mahomes injury

With less than three minutes left in the first quarter, Mahomes appeared to get rolled up on by Jaguars linebacker Arden Key as he attempted to complete a pass between two defenders near midfield.

After hobbling back to the huddle and leading his team into field goal range, the Chiefs QB was called back to the sideline for a thorough physical.

A heated exchange then appeared to take place between Mahomes, +350 to be the Super Bowl LVII MVP, and Andy Reid with the QB imploring his head coach to keep him in the game.

Reid informed Mahomes that he wasn't going back in until X-rays proved negative and inserted back-up Chad Henne, who led a 12-play, 98-yard drive in just over six minutes that made it 17-7 on the next offensive series.

"It was hard getting him out of the game, first of all," Reid said of Mahomes, who will undergo an MRI to confirm the negative X-rays. "I don't want to jump to things right now.

"Let's just see how it goes here the next couple days. It's going to be sore, I know. Let's see where he's at. He's had this before, and he was able to keep pushing through."

Kelce the key to victory

Travis Kelce had a huge game at Arrowhead Stadium, proving to be the favourite target for both Mahomes and Henne as he caught 14 throws for 98 yards and two scores.

As the game developed, it became increasingly odd how he was being left so open by the Jaguars' defense and rarely double-teamed in red zone situations.

"Not sure I understand the Jags' defensive strategy," quipped Fox Sports 1 host Colin Cowherd. "The 'don't worry too much about Travis Kelce' thing doesn't feel like it's working."

Mahomes' first-quarter TD hook-up with Kelce led to the duo's 12th playoff score, with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski (15) the only QB-TE combination to have more.

Pacheco, defense and Reid all shine

Rookie running back Isiah Pacheco is a name not many outside Missouri would have been familiar with before Saturday night, but the NFL knows him now. The seventh-round pick from Rutgers ripped off a 39-yard run to move the chains from the Jacksonville 43-yard line to the four-yard line and set up Kelce's second TD reception.

He finished with 95 rushing yards, the second-highest yield of his first season as a pro and he averages almost eight yards per play across his last two games.

The Chiefs' defense stepped up with some big plays after the half with two key turnovers late in the game icing their victory.

With the score 27-17 and 5:36 left in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars were driving into the red zone when Kansas City linebacker Nick Bolton swooped on an untimely Jamal Agnew fumble.

Jacksonville quickly regained possession after a Chiefs three-and-out, but QB Trevor Lawrence threw his only interception of an otherwise solid performance when Jaylen Watson climbed the ladder to make a one-handed pick of pass intended for Zay Jones down the sideline.

With the win, Reid became the third head coach with 20 postseason wins and now trails only Bill Belichick (31). Exactly half of those wins came as head coach of the Eagles, who could potentially be on a collision course with the Chiefs - now +280 to win Super Bowl LVII.

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Healthy-looking Hurts leads Eagles past Giants

After the Phillies' stunning run to the World Series, Philadelphia sports fans are sensing that their football team could be Super Bowl-bound after they completely dismantled the Giants to reach the NFC Championship Game.

The battle was won in the trenches as both offenses tried to establish their run games, but the Eagles pretty much did as they liked against the Giants' defense, who got very little out of Azeez Ojulari on his return from a quad injury.

Philly racked up 416 total yards, converting 10 of 14 third downs, and controlled the game clock with their three-pronged rushing attack that accumulated 268 yards.

Back-up Kenneth Gainwell outgained starting RB Miles Sanders (17-90) with 112 yards on 12 carries and QB Jalen Hurts was required to scramble nine times for 34 yards.

Hurts looked healthy again as he completed 16 of 24 pass attempts for 154 yards and two TDs, one of which came after Giants' safety Xavier McKinney slipped on a key third down on the first series to allowing TE Dallas Goedert to run free on a 16-yard score.

The Eagles are now +350 to win Super Bowl LVII.

Ugly end to season for Daboll's Big Blue

Giants head coach Brian Daboll faced some flak after New York's surprising year ended in ugly fashion.

Big Blue were outplayed in all departments as they were beaten by the Eagles for a third time this season, with Daboll's bold move to go for it on fourth-and-8 from the Philly 40-yard line on the first offensive series backfiring.

Giants fans were then left puzzled about why the naturally aggressive head coach chose not go for it on fourth-and-6 when his team were trailing by 21 points.

Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale could not find ways to stop the run, a problem that has dogged the team all season and OC Mike Kafka was unable to alleviate the pressure on QB Daniel Jones, who was sacked five times and hit on three other occasions.

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