Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes takes home the December AFC Offensive Player of the Month
Chiefs Focus @ChiefsFocus Charles Robinson @CRob5769
I wanted to try to find a way to illustrate how damn good Patrick Mahomes actually is for our report on his December AFC Player of the Month honor. Mahomes racked up 1,110 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, and a 68.5% completion percentage in December, leading the Chiefs to a 4-0 month while outscoring their opponents 140 to 56. This all occurred while missing Chris Jones, Willie Gay, and L’Jarius Sneed in a matchup against the Chargers, and Travis Kelce, Nick Bolton, Lucas Niang, and Harrison Butker against the Steelers. It’s no secret that Mahomes has been the heartbeat of the locker room since his arrival in Kansas City, and this award just hammers home the point that he is one of the main pillars behind the Chiefs “next man up” mentality this year. No excuses, just go out and ball. This is the fourth Offensive Player of the Month award of Mahomes career, the only active players with more are Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, who have both been playing before Mahomes was in high school.
I decided it would be a nice stroll down memory lane for us to take a look at Pat’s career achievements. Credit where credit is due, this is taken directly from the Chiefs official website. Yes, there are 4 pages worth of achievements. Yes, Mahomes is only 26 years old. Note : this list does not include his most recent Player of the Month honor.
- With his start in Super Bowl LV, Mahomes became the youngest quarterback in NFL history (25 years and 143 days old) to start in two Super Bowls, surpassing Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who was 26 years and 64 days old at the time of his second Super Bowl start (SB XLIX).
- At 24 years and 138 days, Mahomes became the third-youngest player and youngest quarterback in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP. He is also the youngest player to ever win a league MVP and a Super Bowl title.
- With 114 passing touchdowns in his first four NFL seasons he became just the third quarterback with at least 110 touchdown passes in his first four seasons in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino (142) and Kurt Warner (111).
- His 26 career 300-yard games are the most in Chiefs history and tied PFHOF QB Kurt Warner (26) for the most games of at least 300 passing yards in a player’s first four seasons in league annals.
- With 4,740 passing yards in 2020, Mahomes recorded his third-consecutive season with 4,000+ passing yards. He became the third player in NFL history with 4,000+ passing yards in three of his first four seasons, joining QB Peyton Manning and PFHOF QB Dan Marino. Along with 38 passing touchdowns in 2020, he became just the seventh player in NFL history to throw for 4,500+ passing yards and 35+ passing touchdowns multiple times in his career.
- Recorded 91 career touchdowns in 37 career games played, passing PFHOF QB Dan Marino (40 games) as the fastest quarterback in the Super Bowl era to reach 90-career touchdown passes.
- Became the fastest QB in NFL history to reach 10,000 career passing yards, doing so in just 34 career games. He passed PFHOF QB Kurt Warner who accomplished the feat in 36 career games.
- Logged 9,238 passing yards and 75 touchdown passes in his first 30 career games, making him the fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach the milestones of 9,000+ career passing yards and 75+ passing touchdowns.
- Threw 29 touchdown passes in his first 10 career NFL games, more TD throws than any QB in NFL history in their first 10 games.
- Threw 26 touchdown passes and 2,810 yards through Week 8 of the 2018 season, the most passing touchdowns and passing yards in a player’s first nine career games in the Super Bowl era.
- Made his NFL debut and first start during the Chiefs 2017 regular season finale against the Broncos (12/31) and completed 22 of 35 passes (62.9%) for 284 yards. His 284 passing yards are the second-most by a rookie passer in a single-game in franchise history. He added seven carries for 10 yards.
- Originally entered the NFL as the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by Kansas City.
- The Chiefs traded traded the No. 27 overall pick, a third-round pick and their 2018 first-round selection to the Buffalo Bills in order to move up to the No. 10 spot where they selected Mahomes.
- Ranks first in career passer rating (108.7), completion percentage (66.03), 300-yard passing games (26), and passing average (8.39) in franchise history.
- Mahomes has thrown a touchdown pass in 25 straight games dating back to Week 5 of the 2019 season, the franchise record for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. His streak of 25-consecutive games with a touchdown pass is the longest active streak in the NFL.
- Since he became the starting signal-caller, Mahomes has not lost in the month of September, tallying a 10-0 record, 3,304 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions.
- In Week 12 against Tampa Bay (11/29/20), finished the game completing 37-of-49 passes (75.5%) for 462 yards with three passing touchdowns, good for a 124.7 passer rating. His 462 passing yards in the game are the second-most single-game passing yards in his career and are the fourth-most single-game passing yards in franchise history.
- In the first half against the Buccaneers, Mahomes passed for 359 passing yards marking the fifth time since 2018 that a quarterback threw for more than 300 yards in a game’s opening half. Mahomes is now responsible for three of those five occasions with 300 yard first-half performances at Jacksonville on Sept. 8, 2019 and at Oakland on Sept. 15, 2019.
- Logged his 17th-career 300+ passing yard game in Week 15 against Denver (12/15/19), tying Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner (17) for second-most 300+ yard passing games in a quarterback’s first three seasons in NFL history.
- Became the fastest QB to reach 70 passing touchdowns in 27 career games, passing Dan Marino (29 games) during the Week 12 game against Oakland (12/1/19).
- Recorded 1,831 passing yards with no interceptions in the first five games of the 2019 season, passing Peyton Manning (1,744 passing yards in 2013) for the most passing yards without an interception to begin a season in NFL history.
- Threw for 278 yards in the second quarter in Week 2 at Oakland (9/15/19), the second-most passing yards in any single quarter in a game in NFL history, trailing only New Orleans QB Drew Brees who threw for 294 yards in the fourth quarter at Atlanta on Nov. 9, 2008.
- During the 2018 season became just the second quarterback (QB Peyton Manning in 2013) in NFL history to throw for 50 touchdowns and 5,000 passing yards in a single-season.
- Became the fastest player to 4,000 career passing yards by accomplishing the feat in just 13 career games.
- In his first season a the full-time starter broke the Chiefs single-season passing touchdown record, passing Len Dawson with 31 touchdown passes through Week 10 of the 2018 season. Finished the 2018 season with 50 touchdown passes, tied for the second-most in a single season in NFL history with QB Tom Brady (50 in 2007).
- Recorded longest touchdown pass of his career (89 yards) in Week 17 vs. Oakland (12/30/18).
- Has recorded six touchdown passes in a game twice in his career against the Steelers (9/16/18) and the Rams (11/19/20), tying Chiefs QB Len Dawson for most touchdown passes in one game in team history.
- First quarterback in Chiefs history to throw for 300+ yards in eight consecutive games in a single season (2018).
Postseason Career Highlights:
- Ranks first in career postseason passing touchdowns (17), passing yards (2,324), passes attempted (301), passes completed (191) and completion percentage (63.5) in franchise history.
- With his start in the AFC Championship Game against Buffalo (1/24/21) became the 12th quarterback since the 1970 merger to start in three-consecutive conference championship games and the first to accomplish the feat prior to his 26th birthday. He also became the first quarterback ever to accomplish the feat in his first four seasons in the league.
- In the AFC Championship Game against Tennessee (1/19/20) became the first player in Chiefs franchise history to ever record multiple passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown (three passing, one rushing) in a postseason game.
- Became the first player in NFL history to record 300+ pass yards, five+ pass touchdowns and 50+ rushing yards in a playoff game in the AFC Divisional Round against Houston (1/12/20).
- Threw five touchdown passes in the 2020 AFC Divisional Round, the most in a single-game in Chiefs postseason history and tied for the fourth-most in NFL history. Four of his five touchdowns came in the second quarter, making him just the second player in NFL postseason history (QB Doug Williams in Super Bowl XXII) with four passing touchdowns in a single quarter.
- Named to the Pro Bowl for the third-consecutive year following the 2020 season.
- Named second-team AP All-Pro and to the PFWA All-AFC team following the 2020 season.
- Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November. He threw for 1,598 yards and 14 touchdowns with just one interception throughout the month. He led the league with 14 passing plays of at least 25 yards in November while completing his throws at the highest clip of any player in the NFL with at least four games played (72.9%). He averaged 399.5 yards-per-game across those contests, which is the highest mark for any player in a single month in NFL history.
- Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week during the 2020 season twice, following Weeks 3 and 8.
- Named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl LIV after completing 26-of-42 passes for 286 yards with three total touchowns (two passing, one rushing) in the come-from-behind victory over San Francisco.
- Named AFC Offensive Player of Month for September after starting the 2019 season with the league-lead in touchdown passes (10) and 1,510 passing yards, the third-most in NFL history through four games.
- Named AFC Offensive Player of Week following Week 2 of the 2019 season, where he threw four touchdowns, completed 30-of-44 passes for 443 yards against the Oakland Raiders, marking his second-highest yardage total in a single game.
- Won the ESPY for the Best NFL Player in ESPN’s annual awards show in July of 2019.
- Awarded the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player for 2018 season.
- Named 2018 FedEx Air Player of the year.
- Three-Time Fedex Air Player of the Week in 2018 season (Weeks 2, 7 and 8).
- Earned back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after his debut against the Chargers (9/9) where he completed 15 of 27 passes (55.5%) for 256 yards and four touchdowns and in Week 2 against the Steelers (9/16), completing 26 of 28 passes for 326 yards and six touchdowns.
- 2018 AFC Player of the Month for September.
- Named the 2018 Offensive Player of the Year by AP, PFWA, SI and the 101 Awards.