Patrick Mahomes’ Super Bowl incompletion lands on NFL’s Top 100 plays list
The NFL has started to highlight the league’s top 100 plays of the 2020 season, and an incredible incomplete pass thrown by Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LV has landed on the list.
Arguably one of the most memorable plays of recent Super Bowl history — despite it being a failed pass attempt — Mahomes’ incompletion showcased what makes the Kansas City Chiefs superstar one of the most dynamically talented and uniquely gifted quarterbacks in the league.
The play can early on in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs’ humbling 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Facing fourth down and desperate to ignite one of his patented rallies, an under-duress Mahomes scrambled to elude a relentless Bucs pass rush that generated a Super Bowl-record 29 pressures.
As Mahomes was tripped up, he heaved a desperation pass into the end zone, only for the football to clank off Darrel Williams’ face mask.
Top 100 Plays of 2020 … 100-75! pic.twitter.com/R1B2vhzNu1— NFL (@NFL) February 15, 2021
Mahomes broke down his stunning effort on the play after the game.
“Definitely a pass you only attempt on fourth down,” Mahomes said, per kansascity.com. “I was scrambling out and trying to get past that last guy (Gholston). I knew if got past him I could buy enough time for somebody to get open. Obviously, he kind of clipped me and tripped up my feet.
“I wasn’t going to go down without giving somebody a chance. I saw a red jersey. I didn’t know it was Darrel. I knew I had to find a way to throw it and give him a chance to catch the ball. I just put it up there. Obviously, we came up short.”
The play was symbolic of how Mahomes spent a majority of Super Bowl LV running for his life. In total, Mahomes — hampered by a foot injury that required offseason surgery, it merits noting — scrambled for a stunning 497 yards before throwing the football or taking a sack.
Mahomes played perhaps the worst game of his otherwise outstanding career in Super Bowl LV, finishing 26-for-49 passing for 270 yards and two interceptions for a career-worst 52.3 QBR.
Still, even in a brutal loss in a game where Mahomes failed to throw a touchdown, he still generated a highlight that will go down as one of the more amazing plays in Super Bowl history despite it coming on a failed pass attempt.