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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a broken helmet during Saturday night’s grueling AFC wild-card game when he was hit by Miami Dolphins safety Deshaun Elliott. The leaders still won 26-7.

Game-time temperature Minus -4 degrees Fahrenheit, the game was the fourth-coldest in NFL history, and it was unclear whether the temperature made the shell of Mahomes’ helmet more fragile than usual. Regardless, the reigning league MVP was left with a fist-sized piece of plastic above his left eye after a helmet-to-helmet collision on a 13-yard scramble in Dolphins territory.

Rarely does a helmet fall off like this. But then again, it’s rarely below zero when a football game starts.

Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes walks to the sideline during the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Miami Dolphins after a cracked helmet in the third quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on January 13, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Mahomes ran two more plays before officials had him get a backup helmet on the sideline. He threw another incomplete pass and Kansas City kicked a field goal on fourth down to take a 19-7 lead, and Mahomes passed his replacement’s helmet on the sideline in hopes of making Miami’s possession comfortable.

It was windy, gusting over 25 mph and driving the wind chill to a bone-chilling minus-27 degrees, making the weather miserable for everyone.

That included pop star Taylor Swift, who reunited to see her boyfriend, Travis Kelce.

She should at least look out of a locked suite. Most fans huddled in parkas, ski goggles and ski pants, and players huddled around oasis-like heaters in the cold. The National Weather Service has issued a weather warning for dangerously cold weather that has blanketed the Midwest.

Taylor Swift celebrates with fans during the AFC Wild Card playoff game between the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 13, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Snowy winter weather has hit much of the United States, with New York Governor Cathy Hochul warning of a “dangerous storm.” As she announced The Buffalo Bills-Pittsburgh Steelers NFL playoff game has been postponed from Sunday to Monday. Residents of the county that includes Buffalo were told to stay off the roads starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, with 1 to 2 feet or more of snow forecast and winds up to 65 mph.