Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about Kelce and Hill’s greatness is the way they both flourish despite the fact that there’s only one ball to go around. Surely, they help each other out by taking pressure off of one another, and it helps to have an all-time great quarterback throwing the ball your way. But it is fascinating to see both of them accumulating huge numbers despite the fact that they each have another player in the lineup usurping a big chunk of targets.
Tyreek Hill has proven to be one of, if not the most explosive players in NFL history. Capable of scoring from literally anywhere on the field, Hill has evolved from a gadget slot/back in his rookie season into a bona fide #1 receiver. Like Kelce, Hill has rocketed up the all-time playoff lists in postseason annals and has the potential to step into very rare company himself.
We’ll start by looking at postseason touchdowns, which are surprisingly low. Did you know that, before this postseason, Hill had only caught a touchdown pass in one career playoff game (he caught two vs. the Titans in January of 2020). He’s added two more this postseason, giving him four in his career. Remarkable to think that Gabriel Davis caught as many playoff TDs in one game as Hill has accumulated in his career.
That aside, Hill has been a huge weapon for the Chiefs in terms of receptions and yardage. His 16 receptions for 207 yards have been monumental this postseason, none more important than the 64-yard catch-and-run in the waning moments of the divisional round game against Buffalo. On that play, he caught a perfect pass in stride from Mahomes, made one move, and sprinted, untouched, into the end zone to give the Chiefs the lead (temporarily).
Hill entered the postseason ranked 33rd in playoff receiving yardage. After his two-game, 207-yard spurt, he has risen to 16th all-time, passing the likes of Randy Moss, Lynn Swann, and Marvin Harrison, among others. If he can accrue 165 receiving yards this postseason, he will enter into the top ten, along with his teammate Kelce, who currently ranks 8th.
In terms of receptions, his 16 catches against Pittsburgh and Buffalo have vaulted him from 26th to 10th all time. Another 16 receptions will propel Hill all the way into a tie for 5th all-time with Reggie Wayne (93 catches).
Read that last sentence again. Keep in mind we are talking about a player who is just 27 years old and is still catching passes from one of the most talented quarterbacks in history. Safe to say that when it’s all said and done, Hill will be one of the most decorated and indefensible offensive weapons the sport has ever seen.