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Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman’s nickname is “Jet,” and if fans were wondering why, they got the answer during Sunday’s AFC Divisional playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium.
In the third quarter, the Chiefs held a three-point lead and had driven to the Buffalo 25-yard line.
On a first-and-10 play, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes handed off to Hardman on a jet sweep. As he neared the sideline, Hardman appeared to have nowhere to run. But he stopped for a split-second, then showed off his elite speed.
Hardman burst through a hole and eluded a bunch of Bills defenders. When he got inside the 10-yard line, it appeared he may not reach the end zone. But Hardman dived and made it in.
The NFL’s Next Gen Stats said Hardman had just a 1.3% chance of scoring when he took the handoff.
Mecole Hardman Speed on 25-yd rush TD
@ Handoff: 14.97 mph
@ Hashmarks: 17.20 mph
@ LOS: 14.50 mph
20-yard line: 14.11 mph
5-yard line: 19.15 mph
» The odds of Hardman scoring a TD when he received the handoff? 1.3%#BUFvsKC | #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/Osrsp6alRj
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) January 24, 2022