With Patrick Mahomes being viewed as the future face of the NFL, many are excited for the future of his career. But in honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at how he earned a seat at the table of the future of the NFL.
The 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 season(s)
In Mahomes first career start, Mahomes passed for 284 yards with 22 completions on 35 attempts and one interception. While this was a solid start to Mahomes career, the best was yet to come. But the first real glimpse we got of Patrick Mahomes would be in the 2018 Season when he passed for over 5,000 yards joining a list of only 7 other quarterbacks to do so. On top of Mahomes impressive passing yards, he also threw a total 50 touchdowns joining Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only NFL quarterbacks to ever do so in a single season. In addition to Mahomes impressive passing, Mahomes ran for over 270 yards and two touchdowns. To conclude Mahomes historic season, Mahomes was crowned the 2018-2019 regular season MVP which brought the Kansas City Chiefs their first-ever franchise MVP title. After Mahomes historic regular season, the playoffs came around.
The 2018-2019 Playoffs
As a result of Mahomes regular-season performance, The Chiefs were the first seed in the AFC, granting them a first-round bye. The Chiefs opened up the playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Chiefs ultimately took care of business with a 31-13 victory over the Colts. Mahomes once again lead his team with a rushing touchdown and over 275 passing yards. Then came the New England Patriots. The Patriots arrived in Kansas City ready to go, opening up the AFC Championship game with a 14-0 lead at halftime. With a response from Kansas City yet to come, their Superbowl dreams looked dim. Opening up the third quarter, Mahomes threw for one touchdown to cut into the now 10 point New England lead. But the 4th Quarter is where legends are made.
Mahomes lead his team to score 3 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter with 2 of those being passing touchdowns by Mahomes himself. Despite the fireworks, the Chiefs defense gave up a late touchdown to Patriots Running back Rex Burkhead. With only seconds to respond, Mahomes led a drive down the field to get Chiefs kicker, Harrison Butker into field goal range where Butker sent the game into overtime. In overtime, the Patriots received the ball first and lead by Hall of Famer Tom Brady, had a scoring drive, denying Mahomes of ever touching the ball in overtime.
The 2019-2020 Regular Season and Playoffs
With a disappointing end to their deep playoff run in the 2018-2019 season, the Chiefs rebounded with a 12-4 regular-season record behind Mahomes 4,000+ passing yards, 26 touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions leading to Mahomes being selected to the pro bowl.
Coming into the playoffs, the Chiefs were the second seed behind the Superbowl favorite, 14-2 Ravens. In their divisional-round matchup, the Chiefs opened up their game against the Texans with a 21-0 deficit. Leading the Chiefs to score 51 points in the next 3 quarters, Mahomes threw for 5 touchdowns and 321 yards that game while also having 7 carries for 53 yards, further showing why he was the future of the NFL. With the Texans out of the way, the Titans came next. To open the game, The Titans took a 17-7 lead. With just minutes left in the first half, Mahomes threw a touchdown pass and had an impressive 27-yard run to close the half. This was just the beginning as Mahomes lead the Chiefs offense in scoring 35 points to take down the Titans 35-24. Mahomes led the Chiefs with almost 300 yards and 3 passing touchdowns in addition to his 53 rushing yards and a touchdown.
To top off the Chiefs incredible postseason run, the Chiefs met the San Francisco 49ers in the Superbowl where the Chiefs won after scoring 21 unanswered points behind Mahomes 286 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown. Mahomes performance led to him being selected Superbowl MVP on top of being a pro bowler.