Tue. Oct 27th, 2020

Patrick Mahomes’ huge second quarter carries…

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Patrick Mahomes' huge second quarter carries...


The huge second quarter assembled by the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday wasn’t quite historic or record-breaking, but it was an awesome sight anyway. One big pass play after another, 278 passing yards and four touchdowns in all.

If it was impressive to watch — imagine what it was like in the middle of it all.

“It’s the (biggest) fun rush I’ve had in my life, man,” tight end Travis Kelce said after the Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 28-10. “And that’s what you want every single week is to come out and to feel unstoppable.

“We did in that moment.”

Offensive surges from the team that led the NFL in scoring last season and put up 40 against the Jaguars last week are nothing new.

“That’s just what we do,” wide receiver Demarcus Robinson said.

But Patrick Mahomes was about as good in the second quarter as any quarterback in any period in recent memory. His 278 yards were the second most in a quarter in the last 40 seasons, trailing only New Orleans’ Drew Brees, who threw for 294 in a period in 2008.

The last quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a quarter was Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay in 2014.

Mahomes’ last five pass attempts of the second quarter went for 42 yards and a touchdown to Mecole Hardman to put the Chiefs ahead for good, 32 yards to Damien Williams, 43 yards to Robinson, 27 yards and a touchdown to Kelce and 39 yards and a touchdown to Robinson right before the half.

“I never take it for granted,” coach Andy Reid said. “Some of these throws he makes, we just buzz right through like it happens every day. It kind of does happen every day. That’s what makes him unique. The fact he’s willing to work on his game the way he does is also very important. In this league, if you let off an inch, you’re going to fall. He stays right on top of that in everything he does.

The Chiefs played without their top wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, who is out with an injury to his sternum and collarbone. But over a 15-minute period, the Chiefs operated better than they ever did with Hill.

“We’re not going to change what we do,” Mahomes said. “We’re going to run our offense the way we run it.”

The second quarter was pure flash but was as much about Mahomes’ grit as anything. He sprained his ankle in last week’s game and fought through some pain to practice all week and play against the Raiders.

“For him to push through it like he did, he kind of blanked it out of his mind,” Reid said. “That’s the way he practiced and that’s the way he played today.”

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