Today in Sports History: September 16

In 2018, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes set an NFL record of 10 touchdowns in the first two weeks of a season. The first week, Mahomes threw four touchdowns en route to a 38-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. In week two, Mahomes torched the Pittsburgh Steelers with 6 touchdown passes leading the Chiefs to a 42-37 victory on the road. The 2018 season marked only the second year of Mahomes NFL career, and his first year starting. A quarterback season for the ages, Mahomes continued his impressive play throughout the entire season leading the Chiefs to a 12-4 record. Although the Chiefs lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, it marked the first time since 1993 that the Chiefs made it to the conference finals. 

During the season, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns, and only recorded 12 interceptions. Mahomes became the only quarterback in history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season in both college and the NFL. Mahomes unparalleled start earned him a Pro Bowl selection, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and NFL MVP. In 2020, Mahomes led the Chiefs to victory at Super Bowl LIV (31-20) over the San Francisco 49ers. In Super Bowl LIV, Mahomes passed for 286 yards collecting two touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP and the Chiefs franchise won their second Super Bowl trophy. In 2020, Mahomes signed a record-setting 10-year contract extension worth up to $503 million to stay with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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