Tyreek Hill’s three touchdowns help Chiefs over Chargers
The hits keep coming for Tyreek Hill.
The first time he touched the ball in 2018, Hill returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The second time he touched the ball, he turned a short pass from Patrick Mahomes into a 58-yard touchdown reception.
For his next trick, Hill went up between a pair of Chargers defenders to make an acrobatic 30-yard grab. That was the final play of the first quarter, and possibly the game.
That’s right, all of this occurred in one quarter. Hill had 179 all-purpose yards.
Hill finished with 169 receiving yards, the second most productive game in his department in his career. He added a 1-yard touchdown reception on a shovel pass in the fourth quarter as the Chiefs went on a 38-28 victory. He finished with 268 all-purpose yards.
He now has 13 career touchdowns of at least 50 yards-six receiving, four punt return, two rushing, one kick-return-in 32 career NFL games and that figure matches Gale Sayers and Devin Hester for the most 50+ yard touchdowns in a player’s first 35 career games in NFL history.
On the punt return, Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn said to blame his guys.
“We know he’s one of the fastest guys in the country and we lost containment,” Lynn said. “He made us pay.”
Hill loves meeting the Chargers. Sunday was his fifth game against them and he’s scored a touchdown in each one, including a 95-yard punt return in 2016, which is the longest in team history. Sunday’s 91-yarder ranks fourth.
Also, Hill now has four punt returns for touchdowns. Only Dante Hall with five has more in team history.
Hill was hurt on that 30-yard catch from Mahomes. He landed on his head and shoulders after making the one-handed grab, walked off, and was taken to a sideline medical tent.
He was being evaluated for a concussion, though he later returned to the Chiefs’ sideline and was chatting with teammates as play went on.
“I landed on my head a little bit,” Hill said.
Word later came down that Hill was cleared to return to the game through the NFL’s concussion protocol.