KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The stage was set.
4th quarter. Tight game. Chiefs needing a score. Third down at midfield.
Patrick Mahomes took the snap and was almost immediately flushed out of the pocket by a Broncos pass rush that had hassled the quarterback all night long.
One of the NFL's best pass rushers -- Von Miller -- was wrapping up Mahomes feet just a split second away from sacking Mahomes and creating a dire 4th down.
So what did Mahomes do? He threw it, what any good quarterback would do. But with his opposite hand, what no other quarterback would even consider doing.
"I felt Von on my back. And I knew I couldn't throw it with my right hand and I knew we needed the first down," said Mahomes.
So Mahomes tossed it with his left hand to Tyreek Hill. And a couple of swift steps later by the speedster, the Chiefs had their first down.
"You've just got to get the ball in their hands somehow."
And how he did it might be the play of the year in the NFL thus far.
"When you step back you go 'Woah! That was pretty good'" said head coach Andy Reid. "But you're really just trying to figure out the next play."
Because the Chiefs work wasn't done yet. They would require a few more signature Mahomes plays and a hold-your-breath defensive possession in order to secure their fourth win in four tries this season.
"Just the heart in this team," said Mahomes. "I love this team and how we fight. We hadn't been tested in this situation yet and we just showed that in every phase."