Speed in which Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes threw his TD passes Sunday shattered NFL record

Tammy Ljungblad/tljungblad@kcstar.com
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The Steelers must have wondered what hit them Sunday night.

Pittsburgh led the Chiefs 7-0 with under six minutes to play in the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card Game.

Then quarterback Patrick Mahomes took over, throwing five touchdown passes in 11 minutes, 31 seconds. Before the Steelers knew it, they were down 35-7.

After the game, Mahomes talked about what it’s like when the offense starts clicking.

“Yeah, I mean it’s pretty cool,” Mahomes said. “When your guys are just making plays and you’re throwing a little check-down route to Kelce and he runs like 40 (yards) and then you kind of get the momentum going and you’ve got guys that when they get one on one, they’re scoring touchdowns.

“It’s a great feeling as a quarterback because when you look at the guy that you kind of want to throw it to and they’re wide open, all you do is make the throw and let them make the catch. So it’s definitely a great feeling.”

ESPN said the speed with which Mahomes threw the five touchdown passes shattered an NFL playoff record held by the Buccaneers’ Tom Brady when he was with New England.

Here are other stats of note from the game.

Mahomes stands alone

ESPN said Mahomes broke a tie with Hall of Famers Peyton Manning, Joe Montana and Dan Marino for the most career games with five touchdown throws and 400 or more passing yards. Mahomes, who had 404 passing yards against the Steelers, did it in 72 games (regular season and playoffs), more than 100 games faster than Montana.

It was the second time Mahomes had five touchdown throws in a postseason game. Only two other players have done that in NFL history, the league said: Hall of Famers Daryle Lamonica and Kurt Warner.

Kelce’s piece of history

Tight end Travis Kelce made his mom proud Sunday by throwing a touchdown pass, catching one and piling up 108 receiving yards. The NFL said that’s never been done in the postseason by a tight end.

It was the seventh career 100-yard receiving game in the playoffs for Kelce, which is second to former 49ers star Jerry Rice (eight), the Chiefs said.

Hardman sets KC record

Mecole Hardman returned three punts for 70 yards (23.3 yard average), which was a Chiefs playoff record, the team said.

Hardman shattered Danan Hughes’ previous record of 42 punt-return yards, which came in a game against the Houston Oilers on Jan. 16, 1994.

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