KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce wasn’t surprised to hear after the Kansas City Chiefs’ 33-31 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday that Patrick Mahomes had become the fastest quarterback to reach 100 career touchdown passes.
“Another record,” Kelce said. “Put it on the shelf.
“I’m looking forward to a lot more good memories, man, a lot of records to be broken.”
Mahomes threw four touchdown passes on Sunday, giving him 101 in his 40th regular-season game. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins had previously been the fastest to 100, reaching the milestone in 44 games.
Mahomes threw touchdown passes of 1 yard to Demarcus Robinson, 4 yards to Clyde Edwards-Helaire and 28 and 2 yards to Tyreek Hill on Sunday. He has 25 touchdown passes to just one interception this season for the 8-1 Chiefs, who have their bye week upcoming.
“You’re seeing the best of him right now,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “And some of it you might not see, the things he does behind the scenes, whether it’s the look-offs and [other] small, subtle things.
“We have full confidence that he’ll do what he needs to do to win a game. That’s how he operates.”
Mahomes threw at least four touchdown passes in a game for the 12th time in his career, including the playoffs. That’s the most such games in the NFL over the past three seasons. It’s five more than the next closest quarterback, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, since the start of the 2018 season.
Mahomes had 50 touchdown passes in 2018, his first season as a starter. That total dropped last season to 26, but he’s almost at that same mark just past the halfway point this year.
“I think I just understand the game more,” Mahomes said. “Last year I just didn’t have as many stats to kind of [pad the total], I guess you could say. But I feel like I was playing better last year than I did the year before. This year we’re getting the touchdowns we didn’t have last year. But every year I’m more comfortable within the offense, I’m more comfortable reading the defenses and understanding where the ball is going to go even before the snap of the ball.”
Mahomes, who threw five touchdown passes in last week’s win over the New York Jets, now ranks second in the league in TD passes for the season, one spot ahead of the Green Bay Packers‘ Aaron Rodgers and right behind Wilson (26).
“The year he threw the 50 touchdowns he was amazing, obviously,” Hill said. “But this year it’s like he’s seeing things differently. He’s doing more no-looks, he’s reading the defense better, he’s changing the plays.”