At this point, we’ve run out of descriptors, adjectives, superlatives, and any other way to describe the work of Patrick Mahomes on the field of play. We’ve seen deep throws that look effortless and laser passes that thread the needle. We’ve seen left-handed passes, underarm tosses, and several shovel variations. We’ve watched him set single-season records and career marks on a historic pace.
What else is there to say about Mahomes magic?
That’s the challenge before all of us when trying to accurately detail what happened on Sunday night when the Kansas City Chiefs played against the Buffalo Bills in what was one of the most exciting games in team history—perhaps even NFL history. That’s because Patrick Mahomes played as a man possessed on Sunday, and with the game on the line (at multiple times), he strapped the team on his back and carried them to the AFC Championship game.
From the first drive of the game, something felt different about Mahomes on this night. It’s not that greatness is a new thing for him; rather, it felt like a special night of sorts for the sort of heroics that would eventually unfold. It was on that first drive that Mahomes came up with 49 yards rushing and a touchdown to tie the game and serve notice that Josh Allen wasn’t the only one who could move the chains with a key scramble or two.
Patrick Mahomes’ brilliance on Sunday night had Twitter buzzing.
From there, Mahomes arm took over and delivered one blow after another to the Bills’ secondary. Allen certainly deserves a monstrous amount of credit as well for putting up such a great fight, but it was Mahomes who was handed the ball with 13 seconds left and told to make something happen.
Not only did Mahomes move the Chiefs to within a safe distance from which Harrison Butker ended up kicking the game-tying field goal at the end of regulation, but he also orchestrated the opening drive in overtime that culminated in a short touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. Just like that, Mahomes had the win and a 123.1 passer rating for the night—aided by 378 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Given the rollercoaster nature of the game and the thrilling performance of Mahomes in particular, it was no surprise to find Twitter on fire after the game with plenty of praise (and new ways to describe his brilliance).