Two words: scorched Earth.
That phrase has been the theme of Patrick Mahomes’ 2022 campaign as he attempts to lead the Kansas City Chiefs back to the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons — and the superstar quarterback kept every receipt from a “down year” in 2021.
After an offseason of doubt and outside noise, Mahomes has hit the ground running with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions through two weeks and almost 600 passing yards (595). That’s how you silence the haters, and the Chiefs signal caller hasn’t been shy about taking a few jabs early on.
Patrick Mahomes Roasts PFF After Chiefs Defeat Chargers
After their 27-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on September 15, Mahomes was asked about throwing a interception that was overturned after cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. bobbled the catch. Here is a “closer look” at the play in question — from Heavy’s own Devon Clements — in case you missed it.
Whether Samuel controlled possession of the ball or not, it’s clear that Mahomes got away with one and the Chiefs star said as much to reporters. “I mean, you never know,” he replied. “You saw the ball hit the ground, you saw a little bit of movement, but they have been a little bit more lenient. … You hope [it gets] overturned but on the play, [the Chargers] got me. All game they were playing one coverage and out of nowhere they through me with the shell coverage. … So it got me. I don’t throw it just straight to guys most times.”
At that point, Mahomes took what many perceived to be a not-so-subtle shot at the NFL grading site, Pro Football Focus. With a devilish smile, he concluded: “I’m sure PFF will have me at a low grade for that, but I’ll keep it rolling.”
Cody Tapp of “Cody & Gold” on 610 Sports KC radio weighed in: “Mahomes [taking] a shot [at] PFF. Love to see it.”
FanSided NFL reporter Matt Verderame also commented that “Mahomes slamming PFF is epic.”
KC NBC sports anchor Hayley Lewis even referred to it as a mic-drop moment from the Chiefs gunslinger, who appears to still have that chip on his shoulder. The Patrick Mahomes revenge tour is certainly on in 2022 — this is a man on a mission.
Mahomes Jokes That Jaylen Watson Stole Birthday Party
The other noteworthy quote from Mahomes’ postgame presser was a bit more lighthearted. Apparently, he shares a September 17 birthday with rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson — who just so happened to be the hero on Thursday night.
According to ESPN’s Adam Teicher, Mahomes told the media that his birthday celebration was supposed to be this week before joking that “it’s [Watson’s] birthday party now.”
From a Wendy’s summer job and a seventh-round status to a primetime start at Arrowhead Stadium, Watson’s journey is a feel-good story that writes itself. Now the rookie just hijacked the birthday of one of the greatest football players in the history of the sport.
Here was his game-changing play, courtesy of Clements once again.
After returning the ball 99 yards, Watson admitted that he wasn’t sure what to do. “That’s why you saw me just standing there,” the rookie told reporters in a candid response while addressing the KC beat.
Fox 4 KC sports anchor Harold Kuntz shared a Watson anecdote in the wake of his interception, tweeting: “Jaylen Watson told me earlier this week, ‘Being in school I couldn’t wait for my main job to be football .. now I’m living it.’ Yes you are Jaylen, yes you are.”
The rookie corner called the pick-six “a moment I’ll never forget.” It was the turning point of a key game that ended with the final score: Chiefs 27, Chargers 24.