Patrick Mahomes Makes NFL History, Wins Duel with Tom Brady in Chiefs' Win over Bucs

Patrick Mahomes made NFL history on Sunday afternoon as the Kansas City Chiefs left Tampa Bay with a 27-24 win over the Buccaneers to improve to 10-1.

The reigning Super Bowl MVP completed 37 of his 49 passes, finishing with 452 passing yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, becoming the first player in NFL history to complete at least 30 passes while throwing for 300 yards in four consecutive games.

By the time teams went back to the locker room at halftime, Mahomes had racked up 359 passing yards, the highest for a first half in any NFL game over the past two decades. To put the figure into context, the Chiefs quarterback had more passing yards in the first half alone than any other quarterback had in an entire game this week.

With his performance against the Bucs, Mahomes also drew level with Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and Kurt Warner as only the third player in NFL history to have at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns in 15 games during his first four seasons in the league. Warner had 17 such games and few would bet against Mahomes eclipsing the record.

The 2018 NFL MVP is also the first player aside from Marino to throw for at least 400 passing yards and three touchdowns in five separate games—the former Miami Dolphins star did it six times—in their first four seasons in the league. In the Chiefs' 61-year history, all their quarterbacks combined had as many games with at least 400 passing yards as Mahomes has on his own through his third season as starter.

The Chiefs exploded into a 17-0 lead in the first quarter on Sunday, with Mahomes hitting Tyreek Hill for a 75-yard touchdown to open the score. The play was Hill's 14th touchdown of at least 50 yards over the past four years—the most of any receiver in the NFL—and the Chiefs' longest play of the season. It also marked the fourth time Mahomes has thrown a 75-yard touchdown pass in his career and the second time he has done so with Tom Brady standing on the opposite sideline.

"We don't get that a lot, especially with that guy [Hill] and his ability," Mahomes said of the play after the game.

"So when we do, we try to take advantage of it."

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Mahomes and Hill connected again in the first quarter, with the former tossing a 44-yard touchdown pass to the latter, who finished the first quarter with over 200 receiving yards, becoming only the second player in Chiefs' history to have at least 200 receiving yards in more than one game.

The win on Sunday was the Chiefs' first against the Bucs since 1993 and snapped a five-game losing streak against Tampa Bay. More importantly, it moved Kansas City a step closer to securing a playoff berth as it improved to 10-1, the second-best record in the AFC behind only the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers.

The playoffs picture, meanwhile, is a lot more complicated for the Bucs, who dropped to 7-5 and currently hold the second wild-card spot in the NFC.

Trailing by 17 after three quarters, Tampa Bay shut out the Chiefs in the final period and Brady threw two touchdown passes to close the gap to three points.

The Bucs, however, couldn't complete the comeback and have now lost three consecutive games at home.

Brady, who completed 27 of his 41 passes for 345 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, conceded Tampa Bay had left itself too much to do.

"We battled back but we left ourselves a big deficit," he said. "When you play a good offense we've got to do our job offensively and keep them off the field."

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Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs prepares to take the snap in the second quarter during their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 29 in Tampa, Florida. The Chiefs won 27-24 to improve to 10-1. Mike Ehrmann/Getty