KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs are the only team to host four straight AFC Championship games. Although this year’s title match did not go as planned by Chiefs Kingdom, several players achieved new highs during the match.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the team downfield and scored touchdowns on the Chiefs’ first three drives of the game.
Those three touchdown throws gave Mahomes a total of 11 touchdown throws this postseason. ESPN said with this hit, Mahomes is bound with Joe Flaco (Ravens in 2012), Kurt Warner (Rams 2008) and Joe Montana (49ers in 1989).
Mahomes is also only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw at least three touchdown passes in three playoff games in a single postseason.
Tom Brady did it in 2014 with the Patriots, Flaco joined the roster in 2012 with the Ravens, and Aaron Rodgers threw TD passes in three playoff games with Green Bay in 2010.
One of the touchdowns Mahomes threw in the AFC Championship loss to the Bengals was against Travis Kelce. It was the 11th touchdown between the two in a playoff game. Only two other quarterbacks and receivers have combined to score more touchdowns in playoff history.
Rob Gronkowski caught 15 touchdown passes from Tom Brady in the playoffs, and Jerry Rice caught 12 touchdown passes from Joe Montana during their playoff run.
As for Kelce, the Chiefs tight end passed Gronkowski on the list of receivers with the most playoff receptions.
“He’s just a competitor, man. Obviously, he’s super talented and everyone knows that. The routes he’s running, his size and his athleticism, everything like that, but he’s the guy with whom you want to fight. He’ll fight until the end. That’s the kind of guy he is,” Mahomes said.
Kelce finished the day with 10 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. Those stats were enough to make Kelce one of only three players in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions during the playoffs. He joins Jerry Rice, who has 151, and Julian Edelman, who has 118.
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