Through his first few seasons in the league, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has emerged as one of the top talents at his position. That has seen him lead the Chiefs to plenty of success while putting up historic numbers along the way. Despite facing a massive deficit in the divisional round matchup against the Houston Texans, Mahomes racked up another impressive record in the comeback effort in Sunday’s contest.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs’ rough start against Texans
Sunday’s game against the Texans didn’t start on the right foot by any means as the Chiefs quickly fell into a daunting hole to begin the game.
Houston quickly raced out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter that saw them put together two along with a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown. That included Tyreek Hill fumbling a punt within the Chiefs’ own 10-yard line. That began to create some uneasiness from the Chiefs’ fanbase at home after dropping into a tight spot.
It’s a spot the Chiefs have never been in any game, with Mahomes under center facing a 21-point deficit, especially on their home field in a playoff game. However, it set up a chance for the Chiefs to create history behind their star quarterback by doing something that he has only accomplished in the last five years.
Patrick Mahomes does it again
The Chiefs found themselves in a tight spot after falling into a double-digit hole to begin the game.
However, Mahomes and the Chiefs steamrolled back with 28 unanswered points in the second quarter to grab the lead at the half. Kansas City took advantage of the shortcomings from the Texans that saw their special teams stop a fourth-down trick play, converting that short field into a touchdown.
That was followed by a fumble on the ensuing kickoff that put the Chiefs inside the 10-yard line to which Mahomes threw his second of three touchdowns to Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce. It was capped off with an eight-play 90-yard drive with Mahomes connecting with Kelce in the end zone for the third time.
His four touchdown passes in a quarter also tied former Washington Redskins Doug Williams for the most in the playoffs. That played a big part in him becoming the first player to post at least 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a playoff game. It also helped the Chiefs score 41-unanswered points before Deshaun Waton’s rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
All of that put Mahomes in NFL history again over the last five years as nobody has thrown at least four touchdown passes in a single quarter once, and he has now accomplished that twice. The Texans got off a tremendous start to the game, but it speaks to the resilience and talent that the reigning league MVP possesses.
Patrick Mahomes leads Chiefs’ bright future
Since the Chiefs made the transition over to Mahomes as their full-time starter, the team has experienced a bountiful amount of success. He has taken the franchise to the next level with his play as he has the chance to become one of the best quarterbacks in the league over the next decade.
There were some outside doubts when Kansas City decided to trade Alex Smith, but it has worked out tremendously in their favor to trust the former Texas Tech product. Mahomes had some struggles with injuries in the 2019 campaign, but his play on the field has been quite impactful as he’s the clear-cut driving force for the Chiefs’ offense.
His presence under center allows the franchise to compete for a Super Bowl each year as he’s established himself as an elite quarterback in the league. The only important factor from this point forward will be keeping him relatively healthy throughout the course of his career. If that remains the same, there should be plenty more NFL records to fall and more success in Kansas City over the next many years.