A GAME OF MAHOMES THROWS! QUARTERFINAL 3

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Dan and Seth continue on with their Game of Mahomes throws!

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!

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Tyrone
08/02/2020 6:55 pm

A is one of my personal favourites. It’s more difficult than it looked, and I love the way it has a sliding door effect about it. He had to get it in the right gap, and only at the right time when Ware was going past the gap.

enite
enite
08/01/2020 2:23 am

First of all, how dare you make me choose. It was so much pressure that I blew it. I somehow missed “C”, so voted A by accident. Had I been paying attention, I would have gone with C. I looked at every throw and asked myself which of these throws would be the most difficult for other QB’s to make?
The Raider throw was great, but I feel several other people could make that throw.

The Colts throw was also great, but Pat bought time until D-Rob hit the big open area. Again, I feel several players could have made that throw.

My pre-mistake choice, throw A, was almost the winner because I don’t believe many people make that play in that fashion, if they make it at all. Not only did he have to be patient and step up, but he scanned the field and threw a dime. Ware didn’t even have to break stride.

But the reason ‘C’ is my answer is because no one else in the league makes that throw. Ok, MAYBE Russell Wilson, but I don’t believe anyone else makes that one. He is back peddling to the left and throws a dime to a player who was covered pretty well. He puts the ball in a spot where the defender has no chance. Had he thrown it lower, it would likely have been an interception. This was a crazy throw.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
07/31/2020 6:40 pm

Watching that throw where Kelce goes up and gets it his head bounced off the ground pretty damn hard. I never noticed it on that play before. Glad he didnt get another concussion from it

upamtn
07/31/2020 3:12 pm

Daniel, I am disappointed that you didn’t include “All of the above” as a voting option, and I’m seriously considering filing a complaint with the Election Board about your lack of “inclusionary policies”

Moreover, I feel that there MIGHT be a possibility of “voter fraud” here, which would negate any and all conclusions and rend the entire exercise as invalid, although had you arranged for this to be an “Essay” test as opposed to “Multiple Choice” perhaps the findings would be better suited for your particular purposes

/silliness quotient achieved

Mahomes reminds me of a very young John Elway (please don’t hate me) in terms of arm strength, ability to scramble and throw on the run, able to throw to literally anywhere on the field FROM anywhere on the field, and the ability to often “make something out of nothing” and keep plays alive (in terms of mentality towards the game and his team and community, and being as humble as he can be considering half a bazillion people think he’s close to some magical unicorny cross between god and an alien)

say “hey” to Seth for me (he never calls, he never writes, he never sends flowers … I’m beginning to think he doesn’t love me anymore) and tell him to say “hey” to Jas for me (she never calls, she never writes, she never sends flowers … I’m beginning to think she doesn’t love me anymore)

the only other thing I can think of offhand is that the two of you must be seriously bored w/o “real football” … we all are, I guess … have a wreck

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BleedingRedAndGold
07/31/2020 2:24 pm

I went with C, party because it was the Raiders he humiliated, but mostly because if any other QB did it they could write it off as blind luck. Knowing that the QB you’re facing makes such throws as a matter of course rather than just getting lucky has to have a significant psychological impact. There had to have been players on the field who felt helpless after that completion, as though they’re back on their college team and playing an actual NFL offense. Or something like that.

But that said, there are no wrong choices in this poll, so vote your heart.

MasterChief
MasterChief
07/31/2020 1:56 pm

D.

With the initial play not there, Mahomes stretches the play out as long as possible and threading a dart right to a streaking D-Rob, who is streaking between multiple defenders, WHILE being tackled. This is Mahomes Magic.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
Reply to  MasterChief
07/31/2020 7:54 pm

Ditto loved it and I am amazed every time I see it

Tony Sommer
07/31/2020 11:51 am

Voted B, but the reaction of the Chargers players on D always makes me laugh.

upamtn
Reply to  Tony Sommer
07/31/2020 3:16 pm

the reaction of the Chargers players on D always makes me laugh

it was the Raiders he humiliated

so it’s true: we DO laugh at the misfortunes of others …

carry on, good gentlemen, carry on!

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  upamtn
07/31/2020 5:01 pm

A-hem. I was engaging in schadenfreude(sp?), not laughter. Now I’m miffed. 😉

upamtn
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
07/31/2020 6:14 pm

well then, my work here is done (angelic smile)

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