A football game is a series of actions that are entirely dependent on at least a half-dozen other actions. What Mahomes showed last night is that he is one of the rare players who can circumvent that dependence when he needs to, and plot the course of the game with his own hand. You see this happening when he uses his legs and awareness to nullify a squad of free blitzers, or uses his absurd arm strength to fit a ball into a shrinking window and erase blanket coverage. You see it in every hare-brained moment of creative genius, left-handed or otherwise, that yanks his team out of the pit. The list of NFL players who can effect and ultimately decide a game in such individual fashion isn’t long. Guys like Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Khalil Mack, and J.J. Watt are on it.


In the first three games of the season, Mahomes showed that he’s the ideal quarterback to run Kansas City’s brilliant offensive system; in the fourth game he showed that he’s also the guy who can save the day when the system malfunctions a bit. It’s nice to have a quarterback who can stand comfortably in the pocket and throw 60-yard deep balls to Tyreek Hill, but finding one who can perform the sort of magic tricks Mahomes did last night is a franchise-altering development. Four games doesn’t make a career, and it’s always wise to be cautious when anointing or writing off new quarterbacks, but Mahomes appears to truly have it. All of it.