Patrick Mahomes’ Helmet ‘Did Its Job’ When It Cracked During Ice-Cold Chiefs Win, Manufacturer Says

"Our confidence in the superior performance of our helmet designs has never been greater," the manufacturing company VICIS said in a statement

<p>Emily Curiel/The Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty</p> Patrick Mahomes
  • On Saturday, quarterback Patrick Mahomes' helmet cracked during the Chiefs' 26-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins

  • Mahomes said it "was a first" for him when speaking to reporters after the game

  • In a statement, the helmet's manufacturer VICIS explained how the "extreme conditions" were "bound to test" the equipment's limits

When a piece of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' helmet cracked during the team's wildcard win over the Miami Dolphins, the safety equipment "did its job," said manufacturing company VICIS.

The company addressed Mahomes' cracked helmet in a statement on X (formerly Twitter), explaining how the "extreme conditions" during the record-cold game were "bound to test the limits of even the highest performing products" in safety equipment.

"At VICIS, athlete safety is our top priority," the company began in the statement. "While outer shell damage is not ideal, the ZERO2 helmet did its job of protecting Patrick Mahomes during a head-to-head impact in unprecedented cold temperatures."

<p>Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty</p> Patrick Mahomes

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Patrick Mahomes

According to VICIS, the "exclusive multi-layer technology" in Mahomes' helmet model "utilizes a deformable outer shell, RFLX impact absorption layer, followed by a stiff inner shell" to protect the quarterback's head.

"This design approach is similar to the crumple zone of modern cars, effectively absorbing and dispersing impact forces at the point of contact," VICIS explained in their statement.

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"This technology, which has earned the top ratings of the NFL Performance Testing rankings and sits atop the Virginia Tech ratings, has been adopted by several athletes across the NFL, NCAA, and throughout high school and youth football."

The company concluded their statement writing, "Our confidence in the superior performance of our helmet designs has never been greater."

<p>Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty</p> Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) helmet cracks taking a hit from Miami Dolphins safety DeShon Elliott (21) in the third quarter of an AFC Wild Card playoff game between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs on Jan 13, 2024

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After the game, Mahomes told reporters, "It was a first for me," and said, "I'm sure it had to do with it being really cold." 

"I didn’t know what happened at the moment, but I got in the huddle, and everybody was telling me," the quarterback explained.

Mahomes quickly grabbed his backup helmet from the sidelines, only to find it was ice-cold and a struggle to get on his head.

"We have to talk about where we store the backup because it was frozen, so when I tried to put it on ... I couldn't get it on," he said. "It didn't look great. We were able to adjust it on the sideline, get it kind of warmed up a bit and get rolling from there."

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Mahomes' teammate, Travis Kelce, said he "had never seen that ever in my life" regarding the cracked helmet during this week’s episode of his podcast New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce.

“I’m looking at this guy telling me the play and I’m like looking through his helmet at the skin on his head. I’m just like, ‘You’re not allowed to play with this,'" Kelce, 34, added.

Next, the Chiefs will travel to New York to take on Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.

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