Patrick Mahomes just keeps collecting the accolades.
The Chiefs’ quarterback handled starting duties for the AFC in the Pro Bowl on Sunday afternoon, leading his squad of all-stars to scores on two of his three drives and earning offensive MVP honors for the night.
It marks the second time in three years that a member of the Chiefs has earned the offensive MVP award, as tight end Travis Kelce garnered the same recognition in 2016.
Mahomes’ efforts helped lead the AFC to a commanding 26-7 victory in the contest, beginning with an 18-yard strike to Indianapolis Colts’ tight end Eric Ebron on their opening possession.
The AFC was then back in the end zone two drives later when Chiefs’ fullback Anthony Sherman plunged ahead for a one-yard score to cap off a seven-play, 74-yard drive. Sherman went on to make a compelling case for offensive MVP honors himself, amassing 103 yards of total offense with three catches of double-digit yardage.
“He was making plays out there,” Mahomes said with a smile. “For a fullback to play the tight end position and still run the ball – those are special types of players.”
Mahomes’ work was done following Sherman’s score, finishing his afternoon with seven completions for 156 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill, meanwhile, caught three passes for 23 yards while chipping in an AFC-leading 24 yards on the ground.
On the other side of the ball, linebacker Dee Ford tallied three tackles as the AFC’s defense held the NFC to just seven points.
It all wrapped into a fun conclusion to the year for Kansas City’s playmakers, and while the season didn’t end the way the Chiefs wanted, the game once again demonstrated what makes this team so exciting.