The Patrick Mahomes show started last season in Denver

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In a sense, everything got started for Patrick Mahomes last season in the subfreezing twilight against the Denver Broncos.

With the AFC West and their playoff seed clinched, the Kansas City Chiefs had the luxury of sitting starting quarterback Alex Smith and playing Mahomes in Week 17. With the score tied at 24 and 2:45 remaining on the clock, Mahomes got his first chance to shine.

Mahomes, completing four passes for 52 yards and converting twice on third down, led the Chiefs to a walk-off field goal and a 27-24 win.

The Chiefs were leaning toward trading Smith and installing Mahomes by this season even before they got to Denver that day. But the way Mahomes took care of business, both during the game and the practice week leading up to it, confirmed it.

"I like the way he went about business," Reid said. "We were able to take him and lead him into that game throughout the whole week. ... What that did was it allowed you to get a feel for him for down the road, whenever that time was, and I liked what I saw and felt there. I think he handled things very well. Prepared to the 'T' on that, handled himself very well.

"I came out of that going 'You know what? This kid is ready to go. He's ready to go ahead and lead.'"nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal3

The Chiefs pulled a rare double that week, working on two games at once. Smith studied playoff game plans with then-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and assistant coach Brad Childress, while Mahomes prepared for the Broncos with coach Andy Reid and assistant Mike Kafka.

That's right, Reid spent his time with Mahomes on a game that was meaningless to the Chiefs in the standings, but not to their future. It was important for Reid to get his first-round pick off to a good start in the first start of his career.

The Chiefs couldn't have hoped for a better situation, a chance for their prized rookie to prove himself in crunch time. And in that moment, Mahomes' demeanor gave them confidence things would turn out all nfl nike jerseys china

"He just had this calmness about him and that seems to be natural for him," tackle Mitchell Schwartz said. "He didn't get intimidated by the moment, and that's something you want to see on the road in Denver.

"In practice, when he's on the scout team, he can run around and chuck it and not really have to worry about things. The game is really when you get to know how someone can handle pressure situations. It was good to see. It was a fun game, and it turned out well."

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