Patrick Mahomes will get a rare rest ahead of the playoffs as the Kansas City Chiefs will start Chad Henne against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Superstar quarterback Mahomes has started every Chiefs game since Week 10 in 2019, when he returned from a dislocated kneecap.

But with Kansas City having secured the top seed in the AFC, the team announced on Wednesday their decision to turn to Henne in Week 17.

That call would appear to represent a big boost to Aaron Rodgers’ MVP hopes, with the Green Bay Packers QB now the favourite ahead of Mahomes following a fine run of form.

Rodgers has thrown for 4,059 yards, 44 touchdowns and just five interceptions in 15 games in 2020, adding three rushing scores.

His influential display in the 40-14 defeat of the Tennessee Titans last week was his sixth four-TD game of the year.

Meanwhile, Mahomes has thrown for 4,740 yards, 38 TDs and six picks, four of which have come in the past three weeks. He has two TDs on the ground but none since Week 5.

For Henne, the Chargers game sees a first start for the Chiefs and a first anywhere in the NFL since 2014.

The 35-year-old has attempted just nine passes across three games for Kansas City, with no touchdowns but one sack. He has had one running score on six carries, however.