Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes admitted he and his teammates were disappointed after the AFC Championship Game loss. The Chiefs, who entered the season as a top favorite to win the Super Bowl, have now failed to win Super Bowls in back-to-back years.
The Cincinnati Bengals entered the AFC Championship Game as the underdogs but pulled off a 27-24 upset win to make the Super Bowl. "The leaders on this team know this isn't our standard,'' said Mahomes,per ESPN.
"We want to win the Super Bowl. Whenever you taste winning the Super Bowl, anything less than that is not success. "It's definitely disappointing. Here, with this group of guys that we have, we expect to be in that game and win that game, and anything less than that is not success.
We'll go back and look at all the things we did well, the adversity we battled through, the team we became at the end of the season and try to learn from the mistakes we made and try to be better next year.' '
Mahomes vows to come back stronger
The Chiefs came out firing and they opened a comfortable 21-3 lead in the second quarter.
The Chiefs had a chance to score a touchdown on the final possession of the second quarter but they fell short by just two yards. "A few plays here and there we could have four chances at the Super Bowl ... You can't let this end what we have here,'' Mahomes said.
"You have to make sure you continue to battle, continue to get better and try to find ways to win Super Bowls.' ' On Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Tom Brady was retiring. Tom Brady Sr. and agent of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have denied the report.
"His career is one of a kind,'' Mahomes said of Brady. "That's why he's the GOAT. To win that many Super Bowls and win that many games, it's hard. I understand that. The years that I've had, I've been close a lot.
I've only been there twice, and I've only won once. I understand it takes a special player, a special group of guys, special circumstances for that to happen. "I'm just going to try to do whatever I can to get myself a chance every year to get in that game and to win it.' '