Patrick Mahomes played a game for the ages in the Kansas City Chiefs' thrilling 42-36 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round, doing his best to top the incredible performance by Josh Allen. Only three times in NFL history has a player completed 70% of their passes, thrown for 300 yards, thrown for three passing touchdowns, and rushed for 60 yards in a game -- and Mahomes and Allen had two of those occurrences in the same game Sunday night.
Immediately after Mahomes threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Travis Kelce, he interrupted the Chiefs celebration to find Allen -- who had one of the greatest games in NFL playoff history. Mahomes had to congratulate Allen on his performance, one worthy of a victory.
"Pat throws the winning touchdown and he comes straight over to find me. To be in that situation and to do that, that was pretty cool of him to do that," Allen said after the game. "Obviously, it sucks the way it happened. We wanted to win that game and we had our opportunities. I was taking it all in and holding on to that feeling to make sure we don't feel like this again. Back-to-back years in the same spot, it's tough to take in. It's part of the game, part of the learning process.
"We need to use this and figure out how we can be better and accomplish what we want to accomplish."
Allen's postseason was incredible. He completed 48 of 62 passes (77.4%) for 637 yards with nine touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 149.0 rating -- which is the highest passer rating in a single playoff in NFL history. Allen became the first quarterback to throw for nine touchdowns and zero interceptions in a two-game span in the playoffs. He was two touchdowns shy of tying the NFL record for most touchdowns in a single postseason.
And he's out in the divisional round.
"Pat played amazing. I've got a lot of respect for him and the Chiefs as a whole," Allen said. "They made one more play than we did. That's what it came down to. I'm proud of our guys and how they fought and battled, how we came through and persevered over some things through the course of this game and the course of this season. It obviously hurts and you don't like feeling like this, especially in back-to-back years in the same place. We've got to find a way to be better next year and to accomplish what we want to accomplish."