Hoo-boy, this season has been a wild ride for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. It's an up-and-down season filled with struggles and incredible highs on both sides of the ball. Despite that, though, the Chiefs still maintained a stake for the top spot in the AFC.
However, against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs were in for a wild ride. After a 10 – 0 start to the contest, Justin Herbert and co. rattled off 14 straight points to take the lead in halftime. According to ESPN's stats department, this is only the second time this has happened.
Including the playoffs, this is the 35th time that the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs have led by 10+ points in the 1st half.
It's only the 2nd time they've trailed at halftime (2019 vs Texans, which they lost). pic.twitter.com/AvrDiZN1B9
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 17, 2021
The wording is a bit confusing, but here's the gist of it: this is only the second time that the Chiefs have led by double digits at some point before halftime but was trailing by the end of the first half. That kind of sums up the season for Patrick Mahomes this season: after being Super Bowl finalists last season, the Chiefs seem to have taken a step back.
Their once-unstoppable offense has seemingly been figured out at times, as teams have developed strategies to neutralize Patrick Mahomes' talent. Time and time again, the Chiefs have had to rely on their defense to bail them out of games, instead of the other way around.
They looked to have turned around recently: the Chiefs sported a six-game winning streak heading into their matchup against the Chargers. However, their offense has struggled once again after a hot start, and the Chargers have capitalized. This is a pivotal game for Kansas: while they're virtually locked into the playoffs, a win here would ensure them a chance at snagging the coveted #1 seed in the AFC.