There are mere hours left on the countdown clock leading up to the first kickoff of the NFL season. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs seek to defend their Super Bowl championship, hosting one of the teams they beat along the way in the playoffs last season: the Houston Texans.
Mahomes has had quite the year. Still just 24 years old, the former Texas Tech star won his first Super Bowl a year after taking home the NFL MVP award with his historic 2018 season. During the offseason, he became the highest-paid player in the history of professional team sports, signing a $503 million, 10-year extension with the Chiefs.
Tonight is the night that Mahomes and so many other football fans have been waiting for. This season opening game should be a real treat. He faces off with his fellow young star quarterback (and other recent massive contract extension recipient) Deshaun Watson in a game that promises to have plenty of offense. Watson is getting $160 million in his four-year extension, with $111 million guaranteed.
Last night, about 24 hours before tonight’s game is set to kick off, Mahomes posted an awesome Chiefs hype video for the 2020 season. It should get every Chiefs fan…and honestly, anyone pumped for football after this long, arduous offseason, ready for Week 1.
The Countdown Begins… ⏰ pic.twitter.com/tgtXXVGiSu
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) September 10, 2020
The Houston Texans should need no help getting fired up for this one either. They were on the wrong end of one of the most humiliating playoff losses in recent memory last season.
Back on January 12 in the AFC Divisional Round, the Texans exploded for three first-quarter touchdowns, and added a second-quarter field goal to go up 24-0 on the Chiefs, with under 11 minutes left in the second quarter. That deficit wasn’t nearly enough to pin Patrick Mahomes and his historic offense.
The Kansas City Chiefs would score 28 unanswered points in the second quarter, and continued to pour it on, turning a 24-0 deficit into a 51-31 win. Mahomes threw for 321 yards and five touchdowns, and led the team with 53 rushing yards.
Tonight’s rematch kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.