Since Patrick Mahomes joined the Chiefs in 2017, the franchise had not lost a game by more than one score with him as the starter—until Super Bowl LV, that is.
The Chiefs fell to Buccaneers 31–9, which gave Mahomes his first double-digit loss since his Texas Tech team lost to Iowa State (66–10) in 2016. In that game, the quarterback tallied 219 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Against Tampa Bay, Mahomes threw for 270 yards, two interceptions and zero touchdowns. He was sacked three times and tallied only 26 completions out of 49 attempts.
"They beat us good," Mahomes said. "The best I've been beaten in a long time."
The Chiefs offense led the NFL in yards per game (415.8) during the regular season. They outgained Tampa Bay, 350–340, though many of those yards were gained in garbage time.
Mahomes had tallied 35 starts without losing by more than seven points, marking the second-longest streak to start a career for Super Bowl–era quarterbacks. Russell Wilson has the most, with 38.