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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said on Super Bowl week’s ‘Opening Night’ that he plans to ‘play’ his right ankle injury on the big Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles; “I will push. I will try to leave everything in play”
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Hannah Wilkes and Phoebe Schecter discuss the two Super Bowl quarterbacks in Sunday’s game, Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts says he hopes the first-ever matchup between two black QBs in a Super Bowl will help inspire the next generation.
Hurts will face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday – live on Sky Sports NFL and Main Event from 10 p.m. (kick-off, 11:30 p.m.) – and the duo, along with all members of both teams, faced the media for the first time on “Opening Night” to kick off Super Bowl week in Arizona.
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Hurts, when asked about the significance of his historic encounter with Mahomes, said: “The first time in two [Black QBs] going one-on-one is raising the next generation of quarterbacks.
“That four or five year old kid in Houston, in Philadelphia, in Texas, in Louisiana, all over the world, it shows that whatever anyone can say or have an opinion about you, you can do it.
“I appreciate the platform I have, I’m sure Pat does too. We just want to inspire the next people.”
Mahomes of ‘leaving it all in play’
As for Mahomes, the main questions he faced from the media on Monday night concerned the sprained ankle he suffered in the Chiefs’ playoff win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, which left him then troubled in the AFC Championship win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Mahomes performed brilliantly in both games, although he was particularly hampered by injury, and he almost guaranteed his status for Sunday’s big game by saying he intended to ‘leave it all on the line’ against the Eagles.
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“You won’t know until you’re in the game,” Mahomes said. “But I will push.
“I will try to leave everything in play. I think you all saw it in the last game I played.
“It’s about relying on your teammates…I’m not trying to do too much. But I’ll definitely be in a better position [than] when i was there last week [in the AFC Championship].”
It’s not the first time Mahomes has been hampered by injury ahead of a Super Bowl, with the QB superstar troubled by a turf toe when they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to close out the 2020 season.
Sunday’s game will be his third Super Bowl appearance in four years, having won his first in 2019, rallying the team from a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers.
“The win is amazing,” Mahomes said. “It’s one of the best times of your entire life. You take all the positives out of it.
“But this loss, it stings. It motivates you for years. What it did for me is it motivated me to come back to this game. I want to make sure I can have that feeling of victory and not the losing one because that losing feeling is one you will never forget.
“You’ve learned that you can’t take things for granted. You can’t come to a game without having all the boxes checked. I thought we did, but obviously we didn’t and we We lost that game and you had to use that as motivation to come back here.”
Mahomes added: “I think the biggest motivator is to get on this court and try to be the best. We know we have a big challenge with the Philadelphia Eagles, so it’s going to be a big match.”
It hurts: we came here to finish the job
Hurts, meanwhile, is confident of the Eagles’ spirit going into Sunday’s Super Bowl, his first in just his third year in the NFL.
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“I didn’t do all this work for no reason,” he said. “I put in all this work, we put in all this work, to have opportunities like this. It will be fun.
“We just want to go out there and do what we’ve been doing all along, try to play clean football and play together.
“We came here to finish the job.”
Asked if he has anything planned for Sunday’s pre-match talk, Hurts added: “It’s all from the heart.
“I’m preparing. I’m trying to think of something that will get the guys going, but I don’t need to say too much.
“We put all this work into it…we want to go out there and play our best game when we need it the most.”
Watch Super Bowl LVII – Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles – live on Sky Sports NFL and Main Event from 10 p.m. on Sunday February 12, with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Christian Wilkins and Efe Obada among the guests joining Neil Reynolds and Hannah Wilkes for 90 minutes of preparation for the big match.