Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense picked up right where they left off last season: less than 90 seconds into the first game of the season, the reigning NFL most valuable player threw a touchdown pass.
The Chiefs are playing the Jacksonville Jaguars, and facing third-and-3 from their own 32, Mahomes, from the shotgun, took a short drop and found Sammy Watkins over the middle.
Watkins grabbed the ball, dropped his right shoulder and cut clean through the Jaguars’ defense, running into the end zone for a 68-yard touchdown.
Mahomes threw 50 touchdowns last season, just the third quarterback to hit that number, but the only team that held him without a TD pass last season was Jacksonville, in Week 5. Kansas City did win that game, 30-14.
Mahomes and Watkins were just getting started - with 2:36 left in the first quarter, the pair linked up for another touchdown, this time a 49-yard strike. Watkins was wide open along the right sideline and Mahomes found him, giving the Chiefs a 17-7 lead.
Watkins had just three touchdowns in 10 games with the Chiefs last year.
Mahomes went on to finish 25 for 33, with 378 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions in the Chiefs’ 40-26 win.
Mahomes survives injury scare
With just under nine minutes to play in the second quarter, the football world (or at least every single Chiefs fan) had a brief heart attack when Mahomes limped off the field with a left foot issue. He was at the bottom of a dog pile that resulted in a recovered fumble, a fight, and an ejection, but all anyone could care about was Mahomes limping and being led into the medical tent.
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After a few moments in the tent, Mahomes emerged with his left foot taped up, and after testing it on the sideline, he reentered the game.
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