That’s the popular narrative. It’s even what the coaches acted on in the offseason–emphasizing an offensive line rebuild. But it’s not what happened. Mahomes did enough, but our receivers let us down.
Was Mahomes pressured? ABSOLUTELY!!! Was he frequently running for his life? YES!!! Did he even take a few hits? He sure did! But when the chips were down, Mahomes scrambled and delivered the ball, from a horizontal position in the air, if necessary, directly into his receivers hands on at least three occasions that would have been TDs, if the receivers had come down with them (see video proof below).
The Chiefs lost by 22 points–3 TDs and a 2 pt conversion somewhere along the way. Then there was also that clock mismanagement nonsense at the end of the first half that allowed the Bucs to get an extra TD right before the half. Andy Reid knew better. But that was on the KC coaching staff, not the O-line.
So you make two of these three drops into completions (maybe the two that bounced off the receivers’ face masks), and manage the clock properly at the end of the first half, and the headlines read, “Mahomes Overcomes Intense Pressure to Deliver Consecutive Super Bowl Wins.”
That said, it’s cool that they went out and turned Mahomes’ pocket into Fort Knox in the offseason. It can’t hurt. I mean, they’re not going to go out and replace Hill or Williams–or their hands–so they worked on what they could control.
But the Tampa D din’t win that game, and the Chiefs’ O-line din’t lose it. Mahomes did enough. Just enough, in the face of intense pressure. But it was our receivers who let us down that day.