The snowballs started landing as Mahomes ran past the sideline to greet some fans in the stands wearing Chiefs gear. He quickly turned around and was hit with more snowballs as he ran back onto the field.
Patrick Mahomes was dodging snowballs tryna get off the field 😳 pic.twitter.com/k2aBnafQ3a
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) January 22, 2024
Mahomes then turned toward the tunnel and dodged more snowballs as he skipped through the Buffalo end zone.
Patrick Mahomes - the man who has led the Chiefs to 6 AFC Championship Games in 6 seasons - runs off field a winner again with unhappy snowball-yielding Bills fans greeting him. pic.twitter.com/WxCgrtLbd1
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) January 22, 2024
The onslaught didn't seem to bother him. Mahomes was all smiles after leading the Chiefs to a sixth AFC championship game in six seasons as the team's starting quarterback. Kansas City won Sunday in a 27-24 thriller in which Mahomes threw for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Travis Kelce.
He wasn't the only Chiefs player to get hit with snowballs. Linebacker Drue Tranquill apparently was also targeted. He too wasn't bothered and took the opportunity to chide Bills fans and their snowball throwing prowess.
I caught the snowball. If it didn’t break in my hand, it was getting launched right back at him.
We’d beat them in a snowball fight too.
Truth is, my four year old throws a meaner snowball than #BillsMafia .#ChiefsKingdom 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/5es3a0Nx4A
— Drue Tranquill (@DTranquill) January 22, 2024
The pain of Sunday's loss for the home team was exacerbated by a missed 44-yard field-goal attempt from Tyler Bass that would've tied the game with less than two minutes remaining. Instead, the Chiefs walked away with their third playoff win over the Bills in the past four seasons. Mahomes' Chiefs previously beat Josh Allen's Bills in the 2020 season's AFC championship game and the 2021 season's divisional round.
Buffalo has been inundated by a deluge of snow courtesy of multiple blizzards in recent weeks, which left plenty of snow in the stands for Sunday's game. That added up to a perfect storm of frustration and opportunity that some Bills fans apparently couldn't resist.