The Kansas City Chiefs lost a tight one on Sunday night, falling to the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 38-31. The Chiefs still control their own destiny, however, as a win next week against the Oakland Raiders would lock up a third-straight AFC West title and the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason.
Here are eight quick facts about the game.
1. Patrick Mahomes continued his stellar season
Mahomes completed 23-of-40 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in the game, posting a triple-digit passer rating (103.4) for the 12th time in 15 games.
It marked his 10th performance this season with three or more touchdowns, which are the tied for the fourth-most during a single season in NFL history with Dan Marino (1984) and Aaron Rodgers (2011). Only Tom Brady (2007), Drew Brees (2012) and Peyton Manning (2013) have posted more such games over the course of a year.
The 23-year-old Mahomes is also tied for the fourth-most scoring strikes during a single season in league history with 48, trailing just Manning (55 in 2013, 49 in 2004) and Brady (50 in 2007).
Additionally, Mahomes’ second touchdown pass of the night marked his 30th on the road this season, setting an NFL record.
Mahomes later found the end zone for a third time in the game on an 11-yard strike to wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, which represented Mahomes’ league-leading 14th touchdown pass on the run this season.
Mahomes also continued to rewrite the Chiefs’ record book on Sunday night. The former Texas Tech star now has 4,816 passing yards on the campaign, passing Trent Green’s mark for the most during a single season in team history. He now owns the franchise single-season marks for passing yards, touchdowns and 300-yard games in his first season as Kansas City’s starter under center.
And, with one more game to go, Mahomes needs just 184 passing yards and two touchdowns to become only the second player in NFL history to toss for 5,000+ yards and 50+ touchdowns in a season, joining Manning (2013).
2. Damien Williams put together another strong performance
Williams tallied the first 100-yard rushing performance of his five-year career on Sunday night, picking up 103 yards on just 13 carries. He also chipped in a team-leading seven catches for 37 yards.
The veteran tailback has 263 yards of offense and three total touchdowns in his last two games. Only Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey, Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook and Seahawks’ running back Chris Carson have been more productive offensively in that time.
3. Charcandrick West found the end zone for the first time this year
West played 19 offensive snaps on Sunday night and certainly made the most of his opportunities, picking up 38 yards and a touchdown on three touches. The score was West’s first since Week 14 of the 2017 season.
The five-year veteran is the 12th player to catch a touchdown for the Chiefs this season.
4. Travis Kelce broke one of Tony Gonzalez’s franchise records
With 1,274 receiving yards now on the year, Kelce surpassed Gonzalez for the most productive season by a tight end in franchise history. Gonzalez’s best season was in 2004, when he racked up 1,258 yards through the air. Additionally, as Sports Radio 810’s Soren Petro points out, Kelce is knocking on the door of another one of Gonzalez’s records.
And, as Petro indicated, Kelce has a shot at some league history with one game left to play.
He’s just 54 yards shy of Rob Gronkowski’s NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, and with two more catches, Kelce can become just the fifth tight end in league history to tally 100+ catches and 1,000+ yards during a single season, joining Zach Ertz (2018), Jason Witten (2012), Dallas Clark (2009) and Gonzalez (2004).
5. Each of those players helped the Chiefs maintain some historic consistency on offense
The Chiefs have now scored at least 26 points in each of their first 15 games this season, becoming the only team in NFL history to do so. Furthermore, Kansas City has scored at least 30 points 11 times this year, which is tied for the third-most during a single season in NFL history.
6. Chris Jones brought down the quarterback yet again
What a season it’s been for defensive end Chris Jones.
The third-year lineman tallied 1.5 sacks in Sunday night’s loss, pushing his season-total to an AFC leading 15.5. He trails only Los Angeles Rams’ defensive tackle Aaron Donald (19.5) for the NFL lead.
Jones has amassed those numbers at a remarkably consistent pace with a sack in an NFL-record 11-straight games. Jones passed DeMarcus Ware (2007-08) and Simon Fletcher (1992-93) for the mark, who each compiled their record streaks over multiple seasons.
7. The Seahawks made some clutch plays
The Chiefs narrowed the deficit to just three points with 4:36 remaining in the game, but Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson found wide receivers Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin for a pair of big-time catches on Seattle’s ensuing drive to set up what effectively was a game-sealing touchdown plunge by tailback Chris Carson.
Wilson finished the game with 271 passing yards and three touchdowns.
8. Baldwin had his best game of the season
Baldwin, whose 29-yard catch with just over two minutes left in the game set up Carson’s touchdown run a play later, put together his top statistical performance of the season on Sunday night.
The eight-year veteran caught a team-leading seven passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in the game, marking his most productive game in terms of yardage since Week 16 of the 2016 season.