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Mahomes declares Kelce the greatest TE of all-time

Travis Kelce had three receiving touchdowns in the Chiefs’ victory against the Chargers, including a game-winning drive late on.

Nov 20, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates after scoring on a 17-yard touchdown reception with 31 seconds left against the Los Angeles Chargers SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby LeeUSA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has hailed teammate Travis Kelce as the “greatest tight end of all time”. The seven-time Pro Bowler caught three touchdown passes in the Chiefs’ Week 11 triumph against the Los Angeles Chargers, the last of which came within the dying moments to clinch a 30-27 victory.

Kelce now stands with 11 receiving touchdowns for the season, while 115 yards against the Chargers was his highest since tallying 121 in Week 1 against the Cardinals. The win propels the Chiefs to 8-2 for the season, the best record across the AFC, and Mahomes lauded Kelce for driving the team forward with his work ethic.

“Travis, I mean, it’s Travis - greatest tight end of all time, he makes plays like that to win games,” he said. “He just competes. He’s gonna keep fighting until the very end. When you see that, not only is it impressive for him, but it gets other guys going. Like I said, he’s one of the best if not the best tight end of all time, but he’s coming to work every day to get better. So that shows you, whenever you step in the facility, you’re like, ‘Man, I’ve got to get to work, if this guy is doing that, I have to at least match that.’”

Kelce wins one-on-one battle

Kelce had the edge in his matchup against Chargers safety Derwin James, one of the best in the NFL, and Mahomes says he’s the one player he’d trust in a one-against-one. “If he’s man to man, I’m gonna give him a chance, and he’s gonna win most of them,” he added. “They’ve got Derwin, Derwin is going to win his battles because he’s probably the best safety in the league, but I’m going to give him a chance because I know how great he is.”

The Chiefs face 2022 Super Bowl winners the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12, who stand 3-7 for the season.


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