Patrick Mahomes’ record against every NFL team
*This article has since been updated to reflect Mahomes' record against each NFL team as of Jan. 30, 2022.
In just his fourth season as a full-time starter, Patrick Mahomes has already established himself as an elite NFL quarterback, and will likely one day go down as one of the greatest to play the game.
If you think that statement is premature, just take a look at his statistics. Mahomes is the first player to throw for over 3,000 yards in his first 10 games and is the fastest player to accumulate 4,000 passing yards and at least 40 touchdown passes (through 13 games).
In 2020, Mahomes reached 10,000 career passing yards faster than any other quarterback in history when he hit the mark in his 34th NFL game.
His otherworldly individual résumé has translated into tremendous team success for Kansas City, as well. Mahomes is 50-13 in the regular season and 8-2 in the postseason as quarterback of the Chiefs, and guided Kansas City to a Super Bowl win in his second season as a starter.
Few teams have figured out how to defeat Mahomes, so far, but some have found success along the way.
Let’s examine Mahomes’ regular-season and postseason records against every NFL team in his young career, and dive into a few interesting facts about some of his most remarkable matchups.
Mahomes vs. the Baltimore Ravens
The NFL would love nothing more than Lamar Jackson vs. Mahomes to become the next great quarterback rivalry, similar to Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning.
In the beginning of the series, the competition between the 2018 league MVP and Jackson, the 2020 unanimous MVP, was a bit underwhelming.
Mahomes won his first three games against Lamar and the Baltimore Ravens, with each meeting growing more lopsided in Kansas City's favor.
The first meeting brought about a thrilling overtime win for Kansas City. In 2019's rendition, the Chiefs handed Baltimore just one of the Ravens' two regular-season losses, and in 2020, KC embarrassed Baltimore on Monday Night Football.
In Week 2 of 2021, Mahomes endured his first loss to Baltimore, as the Ravens shocked Kansas City, 36-35, in M&T Bank Stadium.
Mahomes vs. the Denver Broncos
Mahomes got his first career start in Week 17 of 2017 against AFC West rival Denver. Since then, Mahomes has gone 9-0 against the Broncos. Across those nine games, he has racked up 2,279 passing yards, 12 touchdown passes, and four interceptions.
Mahomes vs. the Houston Texans
The Mahomes vs. Deshaun Watson quarterback battle has generated a 2-1 overall record for Mahomes against Houston.
In 2019, Mahomes suffered a 31-24 home defeat against the Texans while he played on an injured ankle.
He met Houston again in the divisional round of the playoffs, in one of the most mind-blowing postseason collapses in history.
Since falling behind 24-0 in the Divisional Playoffs, the Chiefs have outscored the Texans 82-14— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 11, 2020
The Texans led 24-0 early in the second quarter, as Mahomes and his offense struggled to find a spark. Then, Houston botched an unnecessary fake-punt attempt and fumbled on a kickoff, and suddenly Kansas City trailed by just three.
The Chiefs ended up winning 51-31, as Mahomes became the first player in postseason history to tally at least 300 yards passing, five touchdowns, and at least 50 rushing yards.
Mahomes vs. the Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas is another AFC West rival that historically has not fared well against Mahomes.
The Raiders were 0-4 against Kansas City's QB up until 2020, when the Raiders upset the Chiefs at home, 40-32 in Week 5.
The Raiders nearly pulled off another win in Week 11, but Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce for a touchdown with 28 seconds left in regulation to seal a 35-31 win. That late drive marked the first time in Mahomes' career that he threw a go-ahead touchdown in the final two minutes of a game.
Mahomes vs. the Los Angeles Rams
An instant classic was born in Mahomes' lone meeting with Los Angeles in 2018. Both the Chiefs and Rams represented a new brand of high-octane offense, and their meeting resulted in one of the most spectacular finishes in recent memory.
The Rams got the best of Mahomes in a 54-51 shootout, which saw 14 touchdowns, including three by defensive players, 1,001 combined yards of offense, 56 first downs, and 105 total points. It was the first time in NFL history that both teams scored at least 50 points.
In 2018 the Chiefs and Rams faced off in what becomes the greatest regular-season game of all time. This game was and remains the highest-scoring Monday Night Football game as well as the third highest-scoring game in NFL history.#ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/0e8zeWByMx— Chiefs Focus (@ChiefsFocus) December 31, 2019
Mahomes passed for a career-high 478 yards, six touchdowns (tied for his career high), and was picked off three times.
Mahomes vs. the New England Patriots
Mahomes met Tom Brady three times with the New England Patriots. In his second matchup, in January 2019, Mahomes experienced his only loss in the playoffs, when New England outdueled Kansas City, 37-31, in overtime of the AFC Championship Game.
The Patriots' win prevented a rematch of the Rams vs. Chiefs in Super Bowl LIII.
When the Chiefs face vs the Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, it will have been 17,906 days since their last Super Bowl appearance (def. MIN in Super Bowl IV).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 15, 2019
Among teams with at least one Super Bowl appearance, only the Jets have a longer active drought. pic.twitter.com/xxretU6fED
Earlier in the 2018 season, New England pulled off a 43-40 win at home.
In 2019, Mahomes repaid Brady with a 23-16 road victory at Foxborough.
Brian Hoyer started in place of Cam Newton for New England in 2020, and fell 26-10 at Kansas City.
Mahomes vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mahomes met Brady again in Week 12 of the 2020 season, but this time, Brady was playing for the Buccaneers, a team Mahomes had yet to face in his career.
In the 27-24 Chiefs win, Mahomes threw for 462 yards and three scores, while Brady put up 345 passing yards, three touchdowns, and was picked off twice.
Mahomes and Brady clashed again in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, and this time around the G.O.A.T. had the last laugh. The 43-year-old signal caller went 21-for-29 for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a decisive 31-9 victory. A clearly hobbled Mahomes was held out of the end zone and threw two interceptions in the biggest loss of his career.
Mahomes vs. the New Orleans Saints
Mahomes faced the Saints for the first time in his career in Week 15 of the 2020 season and led the Chiefs to a 32-29 win over New Orleans on the road. It could be his only chance to battle legendary quarterback Drew Brees, who may retire at the end of the season.
Mahomes vs. the San Francisco 49ers
The most significant win of Mahomes' career came in February 2020, when his Chiefs triumphed in Super Bowl LIV against San Francisco.
Mahomes went 26-of-42 for 286 passing yards, and recorded three total touchdowns, along with two interceptions.
His performance earned him Super Bowl MVP. At 24 years and 138 days old, Mahomes is the third-youngest recipient and youngest quarterback to win the award.