Last week, the quarterfinal’s came to a close with some of the most insane throws of Mahomes’ career. You all decided that the 4th and 9 throw to a hobbled Tyreek Hill against the Ravens in 2018 and the “wanted” curve throw around Andrew Wylie against the Colts in the 2018 divisional game would move on. That brings us to the semis, the best of the best advance and we are looking to get MAXIMUM participation because now is where the real decisions come in. There were some less impressive throws in the quarters, but that’s all said and done from here on out.
This will work the same as the quarters where you have four throws to chose from and you just have to pick your favorite of the four. We are very much looking forward to the results of each semi for which throws advance to the finals! The breakdowns will accompany each throw as previously stated as well, so here we go!
Mahomes had the backup weapons in against the Broncos defense and proceeded to make impressive throw after impressive throw, starting with this one. He wanted to show everyone that he was going to be what the Chiefs thought when they took him 10th overall, and he would obliterate any doubt about his draft position. This is one of my favorite throws of his, period, and it goes to one of the most unlikely targets in Demetrius Harris. He always seemed to snag some of the more difficult catches when he was targeted, but this one was incredible. The accuracy and velocity needed to pull this off is special and to say otherwise is just wrong. From the moment it left his hand it was on a rope directly over the defender’s head and to a spot only Harris would be able to catch it. Zero loss of air under it or velocity until it got to Harris. This is in here because it was the first amazing throw Mahomes would make in live game action against a good defense. He would later have to drag the Chiefs downfield for a game-winning field goal; which, of course, he would do.
This throw was not just an insane idea from Mahomes, it’s pure magic. You can not convince me that this throw didn’t bend around Wylie to get to Kelce coming open across the middle, WITH anticipation. That’s incredible. The anticipation and accuracy of the throw is just as bonkers as the arm angle needed to complete the attempt. The places and platforms he throws from is currently unmatched and this was yet another example that Mahomes isn’t human. The arm doesn’t naturally bend that way or curve a football. He’s the best quarterback in the NFL.
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.
Here’s another “simple” throw that Mahomes just flicks downfield to Kelce with exceptional accuracy. As Seth mentions in the tweet, he cannot step into this throw without taking a hit. Improvising yet again, he steps where he can drifting slightly to his left and throws across his body with a flick of the wrist. It shouldn’t be this easy to make throws like this 30 yards in the air downfield to only where Kelce can secure the catch, but Mahomes makes it look routine. It’s become normal for fans to watch this kind of thing week after week. Adjusting on the move creates throws like this, and having the awareness of everything going on around him makes it all the better.
Seth and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing what you guys think during this process and can’t thank you enough for all of the votes and participation there has been. This is no different, we can’t wait to see which throw is going to win this semi. As a twist, only one throw from each semi will advance so think really hard about which throw you want in the final. If we get one that’s too close, maybe we can change things up for the finals. Make sure you hit us up on twitter if you have any ideas or throws that you’d like us to look at going forward!