The NFL Divisional Round games are almost upon us, with 8 teams still in with a shot at winning the Super Bowl. It goes without saying that some have a better chance than others, with the two #1 seeds in each conference sitting at the top of the list. Of course, one of those teams is the Kansas City Chiefs, as the defending Super Bowl champions landed atop the AFC this season with a 14-2 record. Given that they were able to retain their core group of players from last season, it’s not really a surprise to see them in as the favorite to repeat as champions. This is a team that has risen to prominence with Patrick Mahomes under center, but does he need to win another Super Bowl to really put a stamp on his career, which is still basically in its early stages? Let’s find out so you can get all set to make your bets against their Super Bowl odds.
Is Patrick Mahomes Obliged to Win the Super Bowl Again?
Patrick Mahomes Regular Season History
Having accomplished so much already, it is easy to forget that Patrick Mahomes is still a relative newbie in the NFL. Drafted in 2017, Mahomes got to play in the final regular season game of the year in a 27-24 win over the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs had already made the postseason at that point and decided to give Alex Smith a rest for that game. A loss in the Wild Card Round to the Titans that year caused the Chiefs to pull the trigger, as they shipped out Alex Smith and named Mahomes as their starter in 2018, a move that surprised many.
It proved to be an inspired decision, with Mahomes throwing for over 5,000 yards and passing for 50 TD’s in 2018. He broke all kinds of record and ended up winning the MVP. He also performed well in the playoffs, but we will get to that in the next category.
Mahomes saw his production numbers drop off in 2019, but he also missed a couple of games due to injury. He still passed for over 4,000 yards and 26 TD passes, while also cutting way back on his INTs. He also had another great postseason.
Mahomes may have surpassed 5,000 yards this season had he not been rested the final game. What will he do in the playoffs starting this weekend?
Patrick Mahomes Playoff History
It was almost a trip to the Super Bowl for Mahomes and the Chiefs in his first full season as a starter. They made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game, which they lost in OT to the New England Patriots.
It almost seemed inevitable that the Chiefs would take one step further the following season, which they did with a dramatic come from behind win in the Super Bowl versus the San Francisco 49ers. Mahomes orchestrated the comeback and won the Super Bowl MVP.
Does Mahomes Need to Win the Super Bowl This Year?
The easy answer here is no, he does not. Mahomes has already achieved more than most QBs this early in their career and he looks set for a spectacular career. This Chiefs team looks as though it is going to be good for a long time, so you do get the sense that he will get more chances to add to his Super Bowl ring collection.
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