It didn’t take long in the Chiefs’ 35-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday for records to fall.
The Chiefs’ first series ended with Tyreek Hill running under Patrick Mahomes’ deep ball for a 67-yard touchdown reception.
The catch pushed Hill past Derrick Alexander and to the top of the team’s list for most receiving yards in a season.
“Back healthy, baby,” said Hill, who recently nursed an ankle injury. “The Cheetah is back!”
With a 101-yard game, Hill pushed his season total to 1,479 yards, breaking Derrick Alexander’s record of 1,391 set in 2000.
That wasn’t the only record to fall. With five receptions, Travis Kelce passed retired fellow tight end Tony Gonzalez for the most catches in a season. Kelce has 103, topping Gonzalez, who set the record in 2004, by one.
“Individual accolades in this game are a bit overrated,” Kelce said. “It’s the ultimate team game. You’ve got 11 guys out there pushing for one goal. Sure enough we achieved that today.”
Kelce set another record … and lost it in a matter of moments.
He finished with 62 receiving yards, increasing his season total to 1,336. That broke the NFL record for receiving yards in a season by a tight end of 1,327 set by the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski in 2011.
But the day ended with George Kittle of the 49ers amassing 149 yards in a loss to the Rams. That pushed Kittle’s total to 1,377 yards and the even newer record for tight ends.
Kelce knew this was a possibility when he was speaking to reporters after the game.
“I might have had the record for about an hour,” Kelce said. “George Kittle is over there in San Fran, breathing down my neck.
“It was a fun hour … Next year I’ll try to break whatever record is in my way.”
But Kelce will cash in on his season. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kelce’s 2019 base salary escalated by $375,000 when he reached 1,200 receiving yards this season.
Records that had already fallen got pushed to new heights. Mahomes’ two touchdown passes gives him 50, joining Peyton Manning, who threw 55 for the Broncos in 2013), and Tom Brady, with 50 for the Patriots in 2007, in the exclusive 50-touchdown pass club.
Also, Mahomes finished with 281 passing yards to give him 5.097 on the year. That ranks seventh all-time. He finished the year with a passer rating of 113.8. It was the eighth best season in NFL history entering Sunday.