We were a minute and 43 seconds away from talking about the Raiders being the team to beat in the AFC West. Las Vegas had already beaten Kansas City once this season, and Derek Carr had his team in position to take Round 2.
Reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes had other plans, however.
With his team down 31-28 late in the four quarter, Mahomes drove the Chiefs offense down the field for a game-winning touchdown. The drive took only a minute and 15 seconds. It lasted seven plays and went 75 yards.
— NFL (@NFL) November 23, 2020
Mahomes didn’t even need all of the remaining time. He made moving the football on that final drive look easy. And it is one of the reasons why the former first-round pick is considered the best quarterback in the NFL.
Take a minute to think about what was at stake.
If the Raiders (6-4) won, they would have swept the Chiefs (9-1). They would be only one game back in the AFC West with an easy remaining schedule. All signs would have pointed to Las Vegas taking the division.
Instead, Kansas City now has a commanding lead.
Carr looked fantastic, too. He completed 23 of his 31 pass attempts (74.2 percent) for 275 yards and three touchdowns. He did throw an interception on the team’s final drive, but that came when the offense was desperate for another late-game comeback.
The reason Mahomes needed that final drive was because Carr had led his own offense down the field to give the Raiders the lead on the previous possession. In some ways, the 2014 second-round pick outplayed the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
Both quarterbacks deserved to win, but that didn’t matter.
Mahomes made the plays he needed to make in order to win. On the night, he completed 34 of 45 pass attempts (75.6 percent) for 348 yards and two scores while tossing one interception. It will be the game-winning touchdown drive that will be remembered, however.
It just doesn’t get any better than that.
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