Three former Red Raiders were active in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs this weekend. Keke Coutee of the Houston Texans and Branden Jackson of the Seattle Seahawks were not huge parts of their teams’ losses on Sunday. Jackson did get credit for one tackle and played a little bit and Coutee did not see the field (although I did see him once during the broadcast on the sideline).
Patrick Mahomes was a different story. With his team down 24-0, Mahomes rallied the troops and told them to take it one play at a time to get back into the game. While the doors seemed to be blowing off of that game by the Texans, the Chiefs rallied to make it a blowout late in that one.
Mahomes tied his own NFL Record with four touchdown passes in the second quarter and the Chiefs offense scored a touchdown on a record six consecutive drives. Mahomes finished with 321 yards passing while also throwing five touchdowns. He not only led the team in passing but in rushing like he often did in 2016 at Texas Tech.
He rushed seven times for 53 yards and had a long run of 21 yards. His complete performance, especially in the second quarter, was a huge reason the Chiefs were able to comeback and put 51 points on a solid Texans defense in just three quarters of play. This kind of play from Mahomes is commonplace now and it will be needed as he and the Chiefs play host to the Tennessee Titans next week.
Another thing to note is that no matter who wins the Super Bowl, one Red Raider will get a Super Bowl ring. Mahomes is obviously the Quarterback and superstar of the Kansas City Chiefs but there are others on each of these four remaining teams. Mike Smith, former Red Raider linebacker is the linebackers coach on the Green Bay Packers, Cameron Batson, former Tech wide-out is on injured reserve with the Tennessee Titans, and Wes Welker is the wide receivers coach in San Francisco.