Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes drops 42-yard dime to Mecole Hardman for TD on 3rd and 20
The second quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Oakland Raiders will always be remembered as the quarter in which Patrick Mahomes went off for four passing touchdowns against an Oakland defense that doesn’t know what do with him.
One of those passes involved Patrick Mahomes tapping rookie wide receiver Mecolee Hardman for the 42-yard TD. That was third of the four TDs the talented QB threw in the second quarter.
3rd & 20? Let’s get @MecoleHardman4 his 1st career touchdown.
— NFL (@NFL) September 15, 2019
Everything about the play was impressive. It’s incredible that Andy Reid trusts his QB that much that he allows him to throw a TD pass while the team is 3rd & 20.
It’s also amazing that a rookie running back, who was viewed by many as an emergency replacement for Tyreke Hill, managed to run the route beautifully and leave his marker in the dust.
It’s simply breathtaking to see an elite quarterback like Mahomes chock the ball into the air and steal the air out of the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium when he converted the TD.
The touchdown is also vindication for the rookie wideout. With players like D.K. Metcalf, Parris Campbell, and Hakeem Butler still on the board, they found it bizarre that the Chiefs traded away their fifth-round selection just so they can get the Georgia product.
If there was an opportunity for him to get the critics to shut up, it’s this game. He was going to get his shot after Hill suffered an injury in Week 1. He showed his worth as a return specialist when he notched 45 yards on two punt returns.
With this play, he threw down his glove. He intends to keep the starting spot, and this is a great start.