Following an 89-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demarcus Robinson in a Week 17 game against the Oakland Raiders, Mahomes became the second quarterback in NFL history, along with Peyton Manning, to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. Additionally, he became one of seven players in NFL history with 5,000 passing yards in a season. He finished second in the NFL in passing yards. He became the first Chief since Len Dawson in 1966 to lead the league in passing touchdowns. He helped lead the Chiefs to a 12–4 record and their third straight division title.
In the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Houston Texans, the Chiefs began the game with a 24–0 deficit early in the second quarter. The Chiefs then went on a 51–7 run, including 41 unanswered points, to win 51–31. Mahomes threw for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns and rushed for 53 yards as he helped lead the Chiefs to their second consecutive conference championship game. In the AFC Championship against the Titans, Mahomes threw for three touchdowns and rushed for a 27-yard touchdown, the second longest run of his career and longest in the playoffs. He sparked a comeback from down 17–7 in the second quarter to help lead the Chiefs to a 35–24 victory. Mahomes' performance helped lead the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl appearance since Super Bowl IV in 1970. In Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs trailed 20–10 against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter with 8:53 left, their third straight game trailing by at least 10 at some point in the game. Mahomes helped lead the Chiefs on a 21–0 run, leading the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. Mahomes threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 29 yards and one touchdown and was named Super Bowl MVP.
Mahomes was born in Tyler, Texas, to parents Pat Mahomes, then an MLB pitcher, and Randi Mahomes on September 17, 1995. Mahomes attended Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, Texas. He played football, baseball, and basketball. In football, he had 4,619 passing yards, 50 passing touchdowns, 948 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns as a senior. In baseball, he threw a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts in a game his senior year. He was named the Maxpreps Male Athlete of the Year for 2013–2014.
Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He is the son of former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Pat Mahomes. He initially played college football and college baseball at Texas Tech University. Following his sophomore year, he quit baseball to focus solely on football. In his junior year, he led all NCAA Division I FBS players in multiple categories including passing yards (5,052 yards) and passing touchdowns (53 touchdowns). He then entered the 2017 NFL Draft where he was the tenth overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The following week, Mahomes threw for 326 yards, six touchdowns, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 154.8. After throwing his fifth touchdown in the game, he broke the NFL record for most touchdown passes through a quarterback's first three career games. Following his sixth touchdown pass in the game, he broke the NFL record for touchdown passes thrown in the first two weeks of the season. For his performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mahomes won his second consecutive AFC Offensive Player of the Week award becoming the first quarterback since Tom Brady in 2011 to start the season with back-to-back player of the week awards. Mahomes was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September.
On October 22, 2016, Mahomes set multiple NCAA, Big 12, and school records in a 66–59 loss to Oklahoma at home. Mahomes broke the NCAA FBS records for single-game total offense with 819 yards. He also tied the NCAA record for single game passing yards with 734. He fell one short of the record for most attempts at 88. Overall, the game set NCAA records for most combined yards of total offense with 1,708 combined passing yards, and total offense by two players (the other being Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield). The 125 combined points are the second most all time involving ranked teams.
Coming out of Texas Tech, Mahomes was projected as a first or second round pick by the majority of analysts and scouts. During the throwing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, Mahomes' passes were clocked at 60 mph, tying Logan Thomas and Bryan Bennett for the fastest pass ever recorded at the NFL combine. Mahomes was ranked the second best quarterback by SI.com, the third best by ESPN, and the fourth best by NFLDraftScout.com After an impressive showing at the NFL Combine, representatives from 28 NFL teams were on hand to attend his pro day at Texas Tech. He became one of the fastest rising prospects during the draft process and had 18 private workouts and visits for team, which was the most for any prospect in 2017. Among the teams and coaches that he had workouts and visits with were the Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, and coaches from the Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mahomes announced on January 3, 2017, that he would forgo his last year of college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
On May 12, 2017, Mahomes and three friends were robbed at gunpoint in his hometown of Tyler, Texas after getting out of their vehicle in a driveway. A car pulled up carrying two men who approached the group and one of the suspects gestured as if they had a weapon and demanded property. Authorities were later able to locate the vehicle and arrest the suspects.
On July 20, 2017, the Chiefs signed Mahomes to a fully guaranteed four-year, $16.42 million contract that included a signing bonus of $10.08 million.
The Chiefs announced on December 27, 2017, that with a playoff spot and the fourth seed in the playoffs secured, they would rest starter Alex Smith and give Mahomes his first career start in their Week 17 game against the Denver Broncos. Mahomes played most of the game and helped lead the Chiefs to a 27–24 win, and completed 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards with an interception.
Mahomes lives with his girlfriend Brittany Matthews, whom he has dated since his sophomore year in high school. Mahomes and Matthews bought a home in Kansas City, Missouri in 2018 for $1.92 million.
On January 30, 2018, the Chiefs announced they had agreed to trade Alex Smith, making Mahomes the starting quarterback for the 2018 season. In his first game as the Chiefs full–time starting quarterback, Mahomes beat division rival the Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 38–28. In the game he threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and a 127.5 quarterback rating. For the performance, Mahomes was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. His first career touchdown came on a 58-yard pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the first quarter against the Chargers.
On January 12, 2019, the Chiefs defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round by a score of 31–13 giving the Chiefs their first home playoff win since the 1993 season. Mahomes threw for 278 yards with no interceptions and rushed for one touchdown in his first career playoff start. The win sent the Chiefs to their first AFC Championship since 1993 and allowed the Chiefs to host the first AFC Championship game held at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns, but the Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in overtime 37–31.
In the spring of 2019 Mahomes established the nonprofit, 15 and the Mahomies Foundation. Regarding its mission, the nonprofit's website states that it is "dedicated to improving the lives of children. The Foundation will support initiatives that focus on health, wellness, communities in need of resources and other charitable causes." Its signature program, 15 FOR 15, will support "15 youth charitable initiatives that focus on academics, science, the arts, classroom supplies, athletics, children with disabilities, after-school programs and more". At its inaugural event in November 2019, 15 FOR 15 gave away $225,000 in the form of $15,000 grants to 15 Kansas City area charities.
On April 30, 2020, the Chiefs picked up the fifth-year option on Mahomes' contract.