Patrick Mahomes is HURT in the Kansas City Chiefs playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars

BREAKING NEWS: Patrick Mahomes suffers an ankle injury in the first quarter of the do-or-die playoff game, dealing a major blow to the Kansas City Chiefs … but the star quarterback can play it through

The Kansas City Chiefs’ chances of reaching the AFC Championship Game were hit hard after Patrick Mahomes suffered a worrying ankle injury in the first quarter of his game against the Jaguars on Saturday.

Mahomes is the face of the franchise and is widely regarded as the difference between the Chiefs making the Super Bowl or not, so it will have been a huge blow to the team to see him limping so early.

The star quarterback got caught between two Jaguars opponents and appeared to twist his ankle, limping off the field seconds later.

Patrick Mahomes bends in the pan after suffering an ankle injury against the Jaguars

Patrick Mahomes bends in the pan after suffering an ankle injury against the Jaguars

Mahomes suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of playoff game Saturday night

Mahomes suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of playoff game Saturday night

Mahomes hobbled to the touchline and it was questionable whether he would return to Arrowhead after half-time

Mahomes hobbled to the touchline and it was questionable whether he would return to Arrowhead after half-time

He bounced back up quickly for the next game, but didn’t show great fitness when the Chiefs had to settle for a field goal moments later.

Mahomes, 27, then made his way back to the sidelines to be treated by the team’s head athletic coach.

In the game itself, Mahomes threw an early touchdown pass to Travis Kelce to give the Chiefs an early lead at Arrowhead, but the game was quickly leveled when Trevor Lawrence found Christian Kirk in the end zone.

The Chiefs then took the lead through a Harrison Butker field goal before Mahomes buckled and was ready to move on.

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