Chiefs TE Travis Kelce Made NFL History With a Touchdown Pass and Couldn’t Believe It: ‘I Thought I Burned All My Chances’

The Kansas City Chiefs did what everybody thought against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Patrick Mahomes was electric, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill were too much to handle, and the Chiefs rolled to a 42-21 victory on Sunday evening.

The story of this game was Ben Roethlisberger, as the Steelers’ veteran quarterback rode into retirement on a bitter note. However, Kelce set NFL history with another masterpiece — which included a touchdown pass — and the Chiefs tight end was shocked he was even given that opportunity.

Travis Kelce makes unprecedented NFL history in Chiefs playoff victory over the Steelers

The Chiefs’ Pro Bowl tight end was remarkable. He finished the game with five catches for 108 yards and a touchdown grab at the end of the first half to give the Chiefs a 14-point lead at the half.

That stat line alone is already impressive. But, there’s more.

With a 35-14 lead in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs drew up some trickery and dug into an old bag of tricks for Kelce. The tight end took the snap, faked the handoff, and delivered a strike to Byron Pringle.

So, to sum it all up: over 100 yards, a receiving touchdown, and a touchdown pass all in the same game. Nobody does that, and nobody has ever done that in NFL history, putting Kelce’s name in the record books.

Kelce got added to a very short list of players to go 1-of-1 for a TD in a postseason game.

After the game, Kelce got honest about throwing a touchdown pass — something he’s been waiting to do for a long time in the NFL.

The Chiefs tight end couldn’t believe Andy Reid gave him a chance to throw it

Despite Kelce being a quarterback in high school, he hasn’t had the chance to throw the ball very often.

In his career, he was 1-of-3 for four yards and an interception before the touchdown. That interception came against the New York Giants in 2017, but it was surprisingly a testament to his arm strength.

Yet, somehow, Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy drew up a trick play to get Kelce his first career touchdown pass in the NFL. What a time for it, too.

It moved the score to 42-14 and put the game even further away than it already was. More than that, it gave the entire team confidence going into the next round as it pushes on for a third straight Super Bowl appearance.

Travis Kelce’s mom was in attendance and hopped on the Zoom call after the game

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce threw a TD pass against the Steelers.
Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs | Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

What a moment for everybody.

The Chiefs extended the lead, Kelce set NFL history, and his mom, Donna, witnessed the entire thing. After the game, she even got on the postgame Zoom call and asked him a question — much to his surprise.

It took a long time for Kelce’s first touchdown pass in the NFL, and nobody thought it would happen in the playoffs.

As impressive as this is for Kelce, who keeps adding to the record books, it says a lot about the Chiefs. Mahomes threw five touchdown passes, Hill got into the end zone, and Jerick McKinnon shocked everybody with 142 combined yards and a touchdown.

The Chiefs are rolling, Kelce is excited about his touchdown pass, and a third straight Super Bowl just might be in the works.

Next up, though, is a daunting matchup against the Buffalo Bills.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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