Last week, Seth and I had a few throws for you guys that get overlooked a little bit, but are just as good to watch as many of his exceptional throws. The “dump off throw” to Kelce for a touchdown in the playoff game against the Texans made a last second push to qualify, but just missed out. The two that will move on are the bucket throw to Kelce against the Jags and the Bullet touchdown to Kelce against the Browns. Two great throws that are underrated for sure, moving on to the semifinals. We had a pretty good turn out last week with 115 votes, I’m looking forward to seeing that kind of turn out again! It’s all about getting the fans perspective and that’s how we get that done.
This week we are going to look at some of the most insane throws from Mahomes career, some that seem unlikely to complete and feats of arm talent that make the mind boggle. This is going to be one of my favorite categories because it contains my personal favorite throw from Mahomes’ career. I hope we get a ton of feedback from this grouping because this one could go down to the wire for which ones advance. Enough build-up, let’s get to the throws!
This throw largely gets little play as one of Mahomes’ greatest throws because it was right after the “no-look” to Robinson which broke the internet. I didn’t want to include that particular throw because it might be one of the more obvious throws that were a favorite. This just happens to be one of Seth’s favorite throws and it’s not hard to see why. People tend to downplay it slightly because the window wasn’t small, but hitting a player in stride on the sideline while you’re running to create space and doing it as a defender is closing on the receiver is very impressive. Mahomes has always had the innate ability to drop his arm angle to fit the ball in just where he needs to and do it seamlessly. A few quarterbacks in the NFL do this on a regular basis, Mahomes is making it commonplace with the angles he takes and ways he throws players open. Ware does a great job securing the catch and staying in bounds and on his feet as well. It’s a great throw.
This throw didn’t count because of a hold from McCoy to keep Mahomes from getting leveled, but it’s easily one of the more insanely accurate things he’s ever done. Taking into account that he’s playing on a bum ankle and unable to step into the throw makes it even more impressive. Mahomes is drifting back to buy time because the rush is coming and finds Hardman streaking open downfield. So he just flicks his arm, while still drifting backward, and off his back foot, he’s able to drop this into the outstretched arms of Hardman who breaks a tackle attempt and runs for a touchdown. The things his arm is able to do just doesn’t make sense sometimes.
Just like the tweet suggests, there are just times when you watch Mahomes do something and you bust up laughing because there’s no actual way he was able to do that. Then you watch it again and it actually did happen. This was one of those times for me. While Blake Bell is playing patty cake with Maxx Crosby, Mahomes is executing his play-action and then drops back. Crosby is on him immediately with more pressure coming from his left. he has to re-route his body and drift back to his left to buy just a little time to float this to Kelce. Of course, he puts it in the only spot that Kelce can make a play on it, which was a great catch as well, and the defense just has to feel defeated after something like that. With a flick of his wrist, Mahomes can do things a lot of quarterbacks can’t do. It is a laughable concept at times being so insanely talented.
Even though the result of this game wasn’t what it should have been, this was ridiculous. Mahomes always buys time well, as we’ve established in this article, but this was just a little different. He’s drifting to his right getting close to the sideline and there’s a charger defender closing on him. He pump fakes which gets the defender just off the ground enough for Mahomes to make the tackle attempt off-center, the tackler falls to Mahomes’ left and turns into a falling attempt. Mahomes takes advantage of this and slings the ball to the endzone to an open Robinson for the touchdown. I couldn’t believe this was a touchdown live because I assumed he’d be throwing it away. Mahomes always has his eyes downfield and it is a huge dividend here.
These throws were just another handful of great ones in the Mahomes Library that is going to be established even better as his time with the Chiefs continues for the next 10+ years. Seth and I have enjoyed seeing the results of this pan out so far and can’t wait to see which ones are going to advance this week. I am going to change up the poll slightly to make it easier to vote. It’ll just be “throw A, throw B, etc” in order of the throws as they appear in the article. I apologize if it was a little difficult to follow, shouldn’t be an issue going forward. Make sure to tag Seth and I on twitter if there’s a throw you have in mind that didn’t make this tournament and we will work to get it into the next one that we do. Enjoy!