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Patrick Mahomes’ five most outrageous plays for Chiefs vs. Titans on ‘Sunday Night Football’

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Put Patrick Mahomes under the bright lights of prime time, and he’s almost always guaranteed to put on a show.

The Chiefs quarterback was at it again Sunday, lighting up the Titans for 446 yards and a touchdown on 43-of-68 passing (he also threw an interception), while rushing six times for 63 yards and a touchdown. His pass attempts were tied for the third-most in an NFL regular-season contest, and he became just the fifth quarterback ever to tally a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown, at least 400 passing yards and at least 50 rushing yards in the same game, per Stathead.

But the numbers only tell part of the story of his performance in Kansas City’s 20-17 overtime victory. Part of the Mahomes experience can’t be summed up by box score statistics, but rather by showing how he made certain plays.

“It’s not always going to be pretty,” Mahomes told NBC Sports after the game. “I mean, that (Titans) defense always game plans well. They play hard, it’s a hard defense to play against so I’m just glad we found a way to win in the end.”

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The Sporting News is taking a look back at several of Mahomes’ most outrageous plays from the contest between AFC heavyweights.

Patrick Mahomes’ five most outrageous plays vs. the Titans

1. His 27-yard pass to Noah Gray in overtime

So, you want to tackle Mahomes outside the pocket? He has made scrambling to give his receivers time to get open a thorn in the side of opposing defenses. That was certainly the case on this OT scramble.

The Chiefs faced a third-and-1 at the Titans’ 49 with 7:04 left in overtime. Mahomes rolled out to his right and was chased toward the sideline by DeMarcus Walker, who was waving his hands in the air trying to disrupt Mahomes from airing it out downfield. Mahomes shimmied past Walker and uncorked a deep ball down the field to Gray, who made an impressive grab in his own right.

The catch by the No. 2 tight end went for 27 yards to the Titans’ 22. While the Chiefs were unable to score a touchdown on the drive, they did kick what proved to be the game-winning field goal.

Next Gen Stats documented Mahomes as having scrambled for 26.5 yards before he threw the ball. The site listed him as having racked up 869 passing yards since 2018 after scrambling for at least 20 yards on a single play. The next closest? Josh Allen at 515. Yeah, there’s a reason a scrambling Mahomes is usually a bad sign for opposing defenses.

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2. His 14-yard TD rush in the fourth quarter

The 63 rushing yards for Mahomes were a career best, but perhaps no run of his was more significant than his scoring scramble on the team’s second-to-last drive in regulation.

Sensing pressure with the Chiefs facing a third-and-9 at Tennessee’s 14, Mahomes saw an opening in the right side of the KC line and took off. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons closed in at the 7. Mahomes danced around his tackle attempt. The 6-2, 225-pound quarterback then decided to barrel into 5-11, 191-pound corner Terrance Mitchell and force his way into the end zone for a touchdown.

The Chiefs would soon tie the game 17-17 when Mahomes scrambled for the 2-point conversion.

The TD play featured a high degree of difficulty. According to Next Gen Stats, Mahomes had only a 13.6 percent chance of scoring on the run.

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3. His 20-yard rush in the fourth quarter

But that scoring play wouldn’t have happened if the drive had stalled out, and Mahomes made sure that wouldn’t happen.

The play wasn’t a gimme first down, by any means. The Chiefs needed 17 yards to convert from their 31 with 7:11 left in the game and trailing by eight points. 

Mahomes stood in the pocket and surveyed the field. Seeing nothing open, he started to go into scramble mode as Mario Edwards Jr. began to bear down on him. Mahomes ran to the right side and then took off. He avoided a diving tackle by David Long Jr. and slipped through a Simmons attempted grab before he was finally brought down by Kristian Fulton after gaining 20.

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4. His 31-yard pass to Justin Watson in the first quarter

Not everything can be about Mahomes’ legs. After all, he’s also one of the league’s most gifted passers. And the arm talent and ability to fit just about any throw into the tightest of windows has made him a star.

The passing ability was on display on the Chiefs’ second drive. Mahomes stood in the pocket and fired a quick pass on third-and-7 play at the Kansas City 47, looking for Watson down the left sideline.

The wide receiver turned around just as the ball arrived. The result was a 31-yard, back-shoulder connection that set the Chiefs up at the Titans’ 22. The Chiefs would score their first touchdown on this drive to take a 9-0 lead.

Back-shoulder throws are becoming more common in the league, right? And several quarterbacks make that throw. Well, per Next Gen Stats, there was only a 25.4 percent chance of Mahomes completing that pass, and the throw was made more difficult by the lack of separation between Watson and Fulton. It was his most improbable completion of the year.

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5. His 14-yard pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the third quarter

It was back to the scramble drill for Mahomes on this play. This time, he rolled to his left looking to keep a drive alive on third-and-1 from the Kansas City 30.

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As he rolled out, Long began to chase him down and nearly had him, but the dive was enough to keep Mahomes behind the line of scrimmage as more defenders began to close in. Mahomes had just enough time to fire an off-balance throw downfield to a diving Edwards-Helaire, who snagged the 14-yard completion to move the chains.

Kansas City wound up missing a field goal attempt from the Titans’ 29 to end the drive.

Credit: sportingnews.com

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