KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It wasn’t that long ago the Kansas City Chiefs wondered if Patrick Mahomes were too good to be true.
Four touchdowns in the season opener, followed by six the next week and three more the week after that. The physics-warping arm angles and the no-look lasers into impossibly tight spaces. The unbridled joy and complete unaffectedness.
No way Mahomes could keep it up, right?
“That first couple of games, we thought, `Is this an outlier? Is this something that’s going to last?’” Chiefs CEO and chairman Clark Hunt acknowledged Saturday. “He literally has done it every week.”
Just 23, Mahomes has proved to be more than a franchise quarterback in this, his first full season as a starter. He’s been transformational for a team whose postseason miseries are as lengthy as they are well-documented. The 31-13 victory over Indianapolis in the divisional round Saturday was only Kansas City’s second playoff win in the last 12 tries.
It also was the first playoff win at Arrowhead Stadium since the 1993 season, which, coincidentally, is the last time the Chiefs reached the…