Patrick Mahomes Pulls Off Career First As Chiefs Defeat Raiders

In his two seasons as a starter, Patrick Mahomes has rewritten NFL records at a rate of knots. Up until Sunday night, however, he had never thrown a go-ahead touchdown pass in the final two minutes of a game.

Mahomes added that particular feather to his cap as the Kansas City Chiefs came from behind to defeat the Las Vegas Raiders 35-31 on Sunday Night Football, improving to 9-1 for the season and avoiding the prospect of being swept by their AFC West rivals this year.

With the Chiefs trailing 31-28 and just over 28 seconds left, Mahomes hit Travis Kelce for a 22-yard touchdown pass, giving Kansas City a lead it would not relinquish as Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw an interception on the following possession.

The touchdown pass capped a seven-play drive covering 75 yards, during which Mahomes completed six of his seven passes. The drive yet again displayed the Chiefs' remarkable offensive efficiency, as Kansas City needed a third down just once and only twice went to a second down as it marched upfield.

With 30 seconds on the clock, the Chiefs were in field goal range at the Raiders' 22-yard line, but Mahomes had his sight set on a bigger prize.

"There are steps," Mahomes said after the game, as he laid out his approach to the final drive.

"The first step is to try to get into field goal range. Once we got into field goal range we still had some time left. I was hoping we had a couple of shots into the end zone."

Mahomes completed 34 of his 45 passes for 348 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on Sunday night, bringing his season tally to 3,035 yards and 27 touchdown passes, respectively the best and third-best figure in the NFL.

Travyon Mullen's second-quarter interception was only the second pix Mahomes has thrown this season. According to NFL Research, the 26 touchdown passes the reigning Super Bowl MVP threw in between interceptions tied Drew Brees' all-time record for most touchdown passes before a second interception over a single season.

Meanwhile, with the win over the Raiders, the Chiefs strengthened their grasp on the second playoff spot in the AFC as it extended its lead in the AFC West to three games over the Raiders.

As far as conference standings are concerned, Kansas City trails only the 10-0 Pittsburgh Steelers, the only undefeated team in the NFL.

The Chiefs have won 18 of the 19 games, including playoffs, they have played over the course of the calendar year. Since the NFL moved to a 16-game schedule in 1978, only five other teams have achieved the feat and the Chiefs' 18-1 record since January is the best by any team since the Green Bay Packers went 20-1 between January 2011 and January 2012.

The win in Vegas improved the Chiefs' record on the road to a perfect 5-0 this season and their eighth in a row dating back to last season, the second-longest streak in franchise history.

Statistically significant as the milestone is, it could be particularly important over the next month, as the Chiefs face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints on the road. The three teams are all firmly in playoff contention and have a combined 11-4 record at home.

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Patrick Mahomes #15 reacts after throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce as the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Las Vegas Raiders 35-31 on Sunday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium on November 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty