D.A.: Mahomes' Comeback His "First Legacy Moment"

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs faced a 24-0 deficit against Houston; then they scored 41 unanswered points

The DA Show
January 13, 2020 - 5:28 pm

Five minutes into the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs trailed the Houston Texans, 24-0. It was a stunning start to the AFC Divisional Playoffs, and the game seemed all but over.

Then Mahomes and the Chiefs scored 41 unanswered points and won 51-31. 

That’s right. The Chiefs didn’t just come back and win; they came back and blew the Texans off the field, as Mahomes finished 23-of-35 for 321 yards and five touchdowns.

Damon Amendolara was floored by Mahomes’ performance. 

“He already looks like one of the greats that will ever do this – and I hate to do this when the guy is in his third year,” Amendolara said. “But he was down 24-0 and ended up with five touchdown passes and no interceptions. When you’re down 24-0, usually you force passes; you try to do too much; you have to get your team back in it quickly, so you take some risks. He was nearly flawless down 24-0.”

In his first year as a starter, Mahomes won NFL MVP. In his second year as a starter, he secured a playoff bye and did what he did Sunday. And in both years he reached the AFC Championship.

“I don’t know how you could have a better straight to your career,” Amendolara said. “It is extraordinary. Yesterday should not have looked that easy. I know the Texans are kind of coached by a dunce in Bill O’Brien, and my god, Romeo Crennel was completely and totally lost. But that’s because Mahomes is that great. I just think that’s his first legacy moment. . . . Yesterday was the first remember-where-you-were [moment] because Mahomes did something you’re not supposed to do: down 24-0 and then blow out the opponent. Handed a three-touchdown-plus deficit, and won in a blowout.”

The Chiefs host the Titans in the AFC Championship this Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET.