Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes put a cherry on top of his incredible 2018 season, joining Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to throw 50 touchdowns in a single season.
Mahomes reached the feat when he threw an 89-yard touchdown to Demarcus Robinson in the third quarter of Sunday's 35-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
The performance capped off what will likely be an MVP-winning season for Mahomes. He also helped the Chiefs secure the top seed in the AFC - meaning they're just two home victories away from competing in Super Bowl LII.
Manning's 55 touchdowns set in the 2013 season remain a record for now, while Mahomes and Brady (set in 2007), sit in a tie for the second-most in one campaign. The 23-year-old was close-ish to matching Manning's record, but it just wasn't meant to be.
Still, the second-year quarterback pieced together what will go down as one of the top-five greatest seasons ever for a signal-caller. The hype on Mahomes was huge at the start of the season, but nobody thought it would be a campaign highlighted by 50 touchdowns - plus a likely MVP award.
Both Brady and Manning won the MVP award in their 50-touchdown seasons. Both also lost in the Super Bowl, so Mahomes will try to reverse that trend this year. The AFC playoff bracket is loaded with championship hopefuls, so Mahomes will have his work cut out for him.
Since Manning tossed 55 touchdowns in 2013, no quarterback had come relatively close to hitting 50 in a single season. Mahomes did it in his first year as a starter. Indeed, the future is looking bright in Kansas City.
What This Means
Mahomes has already taken the football world by storm, and what he did this season was nothing short of remarkable. Now, we'll see if he can deliver this franchise its first Super Bowl in half a century.