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There was quite a bit of angst around Kansas City in the late afternoon on Sunday.
The Chiefs had fallen behind by two touchdowns by early in the second quarter of their game in Las Vegas and had just 13 yards of offense. Some fans fretted that the Chiefs were broken.
But then the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes did what they’ve done so often in the past: turned the game on its ear. They piled up 225 yards of offense on the next three drives that all ended in touchdowns.
The Associated Press’ Josh Dubow shared that stat and noted who is No. 2 on the list: former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who was 5-6 (.455).
Chiefs are 15-11 (.577) with Mahomes at QB after falling behind by 10+ points in regular season or playoffs. Next best win % for QB in SB era w/ 10+ starts is Tim Tebow 5-6 (.455)
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) November 27, 2023
During his weekly interview on KCSP (610 AM), Mahomes was asked about how he is able to lead comebacks when facing a huge deficit.
“I think the biggest thing is ... I don’t make it too big of a deal,” Mahomes said. “I just focus on what I can do that next play and I think that’s just the mindset that we have and that coach (Andy) Reid has and all the coaches that are underneath him, is that all we can do is execute that play and then move on to the next one. And I think if you think about it that way and as well as just believing that our defense is gonna get the stops. In every year that I’ve been here, they’ve gotten the stops in the right moments.
“So I mean, if you believe your defense can get the stops, you just handle your business offensively and then let the game kind of come to you. And all we only want to do is have a chance to win it at the end of the game, and we’ve been able to win a lot of those games.”
Mahomes makes it sound so easy and yet, as his rare success in those situations shows, it’s hard to rally from a two-score deficit in the NFL.