Mahomes Is The Greatest Playoff QB Ever

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Ok, it might be a little bit too soon to make that declaration after just 5 postseason games, but in those 5 games Mahomes has played at an extraordinary level. Just look at the numbers he’s put up.

1474 yards on 8 Y/A, with 13 TDs and 2 INTs. Add on to that 154 rushing yards and 3 more TDs.

If you project that out to a 16-game season, it would be 4717 yards, 42 TDs and 6 INTs, and 493 rushing yards with 10 TDs on the ground. That would put him at 5210 yards and 52 TDs combined, a season that would be one of the best ever.

To have this level of play in the playoffs is incredible. There are no cupcake teams to pad his stats against. He hasn’t even gotten the opportunity to go against relatively weaker wildcard teams, since he’s never played a wildcard game. In fact, 3 of those 5 games were in the conference championship or Super Bowl. He’s putting up numbers against teams that have proven they belong, and in the process showing them that they actually don’t.

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probablyamistake
probablyamistake
05/27/2020 3:43 pm

I love Patrick and everything, but really? You might want to reread the list before crowning him best ever.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  probablyamistake
05/27/2020 4:34 pm

From what I know about Tony’s writing, I believe you’ve missed something. I doubt he’s talking GOAT stuff or other comprehensive comparison, just pointing out a rather amazing statistical anomaly in his metrics. He is a numbers guy, after all, though I did spot one error I missed due to recent events, so I’m justified in saying that Mahomes & co aren’t 3-2 but 4-1 in the playoffs.

But yeah, any 5-game stretch where a QB only throws 2 picks vs. 13TDs is pretty dang good, if you ask me. And as Tony pointed out, you don’t get total cupcakes in the playoffs. Those teams never qualified for the postseason. So if I’m correctly interpreting Tony here, I agree, it’s interesting and rather remarkable, but it doesn’t mean anything by itself. The data isn’t there, context is minimal, so his only logical intent would be for entertainment, he didn’t even try to establish any kind of big-picture case in the post. He was just jaw-dropping over that statistical set. It’s pretty amazing, in that way.

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
05/27/2020 4:43 pm

Mahomes put up some jaw-dropping statistics against the best the AFC had to offer for the last two years. It’s proven now that the only thing that can hold Mahomes back is injury.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
05/27/2020 4:47 pm

What Patrick has brought to this franchise has put this team on the path to a dynasty, there’s no questioning that. He’s an incredibly gifted player, mentally as tough as they come, and a great leader. Just sayin I think a statement like that is a little premature, especially when considering the history of the game.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  probablyamistake
05/27/2020 5:05 pm

Fair enough, but headlines do kinda need to be a bit click-bait-y, it’s inherent to the concept. In terms of any sort of analysis I’m right there will you, but I like statistical curiosities myself, so I also enjoyed the article. It doesn’t mean anything by itself, but still interesting in spite of that, so I see nothing wrong with checking it out and talking about it.

H5O also likes it, and speculates farther afield, but again I think that’s an emotional impression and not an actual conclusion. Anyone else remember getting excited about the arrival of the fall Sears catalog, eager to page through it and check out all the cool new toys and such while figuring out which ones you can actually ask for as Xmas gifts? By a lotto ticket and await the drawing while daydreaming how you’d spend the jackpot? Dunno about anyone else, but there was always stuff in there that I wanted but I knew better than trying to even ask for, too expensive. To me, this article’s got a similar direction, nothing to be taken too seriously but still fun to consider.

And now we have an in-depth conversation between ourselves to help clarify where this one’s going, and I think that this will give anyone pause before jumping to any serious conclusions. And since I edited it I do have a bit of skin in this game, y’know? But it’s all casual with me.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
05/27/2020 5:31 pm

P.S. I know Tony well enough to point out another clue that he’s not making a serious assertion of fact: He’s a numbers guy when he’s serious, so that 3-2 error demonstrates that he didn’t do research into the required numbers for that. He’s just doing off-the-cuff, back of the napkin stuff.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  probablyamistake
05/27/2020 5:07 pm

I think it’s fair to, at least, say that he’s on the trajectory to be the best offseason QB ever. I think he’s got a good chance at being seen as the best ever after just a couple more seasons.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  MasterChief
05/27/2020 5:24 pm

Sure, and that’s just the kind of casual speculation I’m talking about. I know I’m often a stickler for facts and details, but I still take time in my life to watch the clouds to see what shapes I can see. I love this sort of daydream fodder, I just won’t make it out to be more than it is.

I have said it before, Mahomes grew up around some all-time greats, and I think that’s his career goal: To join them in his own right. Shorter term is to see how good he can become, and I think even there he’s applying what he learned from those greats to his own game. He wants to see how far he can push himself, even on a daily basis.

For all that the kid’s a gifted athlete I still say his most amazing ability is his mind. It’s quite remarkable to watch over the long term, too.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
05/27/2020 5:32 pm

This type of thing (the gif) is what I think might be Mahomes Magic. I’ve attempted to prove that Patrick Mahomes has telekinetic abilities. We’ll save that for Science Saturday!
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upamtn
05/27/2020 3:18 pm

all in good time, my friend … all in good time

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
05/27/2020 2:47 pm

He’s pretty good, but we’ll see what happens when the Ravens and Chiefs meet in the playoffs. Oh. Wait.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
05/27/2020 5:04 pm

We just have to see how he does in big games under the bright lights. Oh. Wait.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
05/27/2020 1:22 pm

The Texans might be a cupcake team in the playoffs. At the very least they are a Little Debbies Swiss Cake Roll.

stjoechief
Reply to  Severely Concussed
05/27/2020 6:21 pm

With BOB in charge, I’d say they’re more Nutty Bars. God I loved those as a kid.

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