Patrick Mahomes Sets New NFL Record as Chiefs Beat Ravens on Monday Night Football

Since he made his first start for the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17 of his rookie season, Patrick Mahomes has made a habit of breaking NFL records.

The reigning Super Bowl MVP added another to his personal collection on Monday night, as the Chiefs secured a 34-20 win on the road against the Baltimore Ravens to improve to 3-0 for the season.

Mahomes became the fastest player in NFL history to reach the 10,000 passing yards threshold, going beyond the milestone in his 34th regular season start—two fewer games than it took two-time MVP Kurt Warner during his spell with the St. Louis Rams in "The Greatest Show on Turf" era.

Mahomes completed 31 of his 42 passes on Monday night for 385 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 133.5 passer rating. If the Ravens defense failed to stop Mahomes it was not for want of trying, as Baltimore defensive coordinator Don Martindale repeatedly dialled up blitz calls against the Chiefs quarterback, who rode out the storm finishing 17-of-21 for 219 yards and three touchdowns against the blitz.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid praised Mahomes, who in his first season as a starter in 2018 became only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in the same season, for not shying away from responsibility when the Ravens threw all they had at him.

"You've got to give Patrick credit for leading the charge there," he was quoted by ESPN.

"He stepped up big and wanted the responsibility. You can't possibly cover all the different things [the Ravens] do. You just have to stay disciplined in your rules and go from there."

Billed as a dress rehearsal for the AFC Championship Game and a duel between the two quarterbacks that will dominate the next decade in the NFL, the Monday Night Football matchup between Chiefs and Ravens was in the balance only in the first quarter before Mahomes began running the show, leaving Lamar Jackson floundering in his wake.

The duo both are the two most recent MVPs—Mahomes won the award in 2018, succeeded by Jackson last season—making Monday night's matchup the first game in NFL history featuring two former league MVPs yet to turn 26.

Of the two, however, only Mahomes played like an MVP, passing for at least 300 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions for the eighth consecutive game, a new NFL record.

Jackson, meanwhile, finished 15-of-28 for a career-low 97 passing yards and one touchdown, albeit he led the Ravens in rushing with 83 yards over nine carries.

The Ravens slipped to 2-1 after losing to the Chiefs and have now lost their last four consecutive games against their AFC foes, while Jackson is still winless in three career games against Mahomes.

More worryingly, Baltimore is 0-9 when trailing at halftime in the regular season and the playoffs since Jackson was drafted in 2018.

The good news for the Ravens is that they won 12 of their remaining 13 regular season games after losing to the Chiefs in Week 3 last season. The bad news is that they will in all likelihood cross paths with Mahomes again in the playoffs.

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Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after throwing a fourth quarter touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 28, 2020. Mahomes finished with four touchdowns as the Chiefs won 34-20. Rob Carr/Getty