AS THE FOURTH The quarter counted out on Sunday night, and it looked like coach Andy Reed and the Kansas City Chiefs could lose to the Tennessee Titans.

The Chiefs started the second quarter with a 9-0 lead but were falling behind at halftime.

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The Kansas City defense gave up consecutive touchdowns for the Titans to run back Derrick Henry. Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker missed a 47-yard field goal as well as an extra point. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes even set up an interception.

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But then Mahomes took matters into his own hands, aiming for a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game. Finally, Butker redeemed himself with a game-winning overtime field goal to seal the comeback.

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It was the Chiefs’ fifth win at halftime.

The Chiefs were only eight points behind on Sunday night, but the Mahomes are no strangers to double-digit comebacks.

Since Mahomes became the starting quarterback in 2018, the Chiefs are 13-9, including the postseason, and have been at least 10 points behind in games. Mahomes’ winning percentage of 59.0 in such games is the highest of all time. No other quarterback in NFL history has a record for most wins (Tim Tebow is 5-6 second). Among active quarterbacks with at least five career starts, Tom Brady (39-65, 37.5%) and Russell Wilson (16-37, 30.2%), who rank second and third behind Mahomes, are not even close. are approaching.

In eight games this season, Mahomes has had three comebacks with 10 points or more, defeating the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

“The guy in the center always gives us a chance,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Biniemi said. His mental preparation and his physical preparation are not [that of] a lot of people. He’s a guy who’s always looking for the edge, to get better, to have a complete understanding of what exactly he sees and how he can potentially help use some of the places that need to be used.”


IT WAS on the second Sunday in January, and Arrowhead Stadium, known for its boisterous crowd, was quiet.

Mahomes and Chiefs lost 24-0 to the Houston Texans in the second quarter of the 2019 Divisional Round. They have never overcome such a deficit in the history of the franchise.

Sammy Watkins, then wide receiver for the Chiefs, said he thought his season was over.

It was then that Mahomes gathered his offensive teammates around him on the touchline and prepared them for what was to come. He told them that they were going to be part of something special.

“I thought, ‘OK, he knows something that I don’t,'” Watkins said.

By halftime, the Chiefs were in the lead.

Mahomes threw four straight touchdowns, including three tight ends from Travis Kelsey, to take a 28-24 lead. They won 51-31.

The Texans made a life-changing decision in the second quarter that helped Kansas City’s comeback. Leading 24-7, they tried to fake a punt formation at their 31-yard line.

The fake failed and it took the Chiefs three plays to score another touchdown to cut the deficit to 24–14. Bill O’Brien, then coach of the Texans, admitted that the decision was due to intimidation of Mahomes and insulting the chiefs.

“I don’t think any advantage against these guys is safe and that’s why we felt like we needed 50 points,” O’Brien said. “We couldn’t do it.”

Safety Justin Reid, in his first season with the Chiefs, was playing for the Texans that day. He said there was a sense of hopelessness on the Houston touchline as the Chiefs began to pile on.

“That’s how you feel, especially when you’re in [Arrowhead Stadium]”said Justin Reed. “This stadium, this atmosphere, it’s crazy. This is one of the loudest places you’ve ever played. Being an opponent, you just feel like everything is crashing down on you, and at that moment it’s hard to stop “.

“We struggled to find a way to stop the bleeding.”

The Chiefs won the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years, but not before being at least 10 points behind in each of their three postseason games that season, including Super Bowl LIV. They won the AFC Championship game against the Titans despite being 10 behind at two different points in the game.

Mahomes’ comeback ability is one of the reasons the Chiefs traded in the 2017 draft to acquire him and then traded veteran Alex Smith the following year to make room for Mahomes in the starting lineup.

“It all starts with Pat,” Reid said. – Don’t panic if you fall behind. You don’t want to get left behind, but if you’re there, he doesn’t panic, which sends a signal to the other guys, in fact to the rest of the team, that we’re in trouble. I mean, but guys always feel like they’re in business when he acts.”

Mahomes had the Chiefs in the top six in scoring in each of the last four seasons. They currently lead the league with 30.4 points per game.

On Sunday, the Chiefs needed all of Mahomes’ 446 yards. His 68 pass attempts are the third most in a game in NFL history (Drew Bledsoe made 70 in 1994). His 63 yards was a career high. It was his second game with 500 passing and rushing yards, his second most of all time (Ben Roethlisberger has four).

Mahomes kind of prepared for those moments at Texas Tech. He appeared in many scoring games, some of which he lost by scoring over 50 points.

“You have to have urgency, and you try to be urgent from the start of the game, but it even goes up whenever you lose,” Mahomes said. – You should sort of put points on the board, you should sort of put pressure on the problem. I think our team responded well to that.”

The Chiefs have succeeded so many times after being at least 10 points behind that they feel like they will do it every time.

“We know we can score fast,” Kelsey said. “We know what we’re capable of and that helps you evaluate what’s possible and what’s not. You cannot let doubts seep through at any point in the game. White flag”.


ALMOST FORGOTTEN IN these big comebacks are the defensive role of the Chiefs.

The Chiefs are 3-0 after a double-digit deficit this season. Their defense helped win the comeback, scoring in two of those three games.

Rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson returned a 99-yard interception and a touchdown in a return victory over the Chargers. Frank Clark had a safety bag in the 49ers win.

After giving up consecutive touchdowns by Henry in the second quarter, the Chiefs’ defense kept the Titans from a second-half field goal and into overtime on Sunday.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said the job is made easier by what the Chiefs can do offensively.

“These words came from my mouth,” Spagnolo said. [is going to score].’ There is this. I think our guys are confident that if we can restore balance by keeping them out of the end zone and off the scoreboard, then our offense will do something to get back.”

The Chiefs didn’t miss an opportunity to win after being at least 10 behind after a 27-3 loss to the Titans in week 7 of last season.

“There’s a bit of luck here, but I also think our guys are doing a great job of just focusing on the present and living in the present,” Bienemi said. “And we talk about it and discuss it all the time. It’s all about making the next game the most important.”