The Kansas City Chiefs ended up barely holding off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon with a 27-24 victory — but for the first 15 game minutes, it looked like wide receiver Tyreek Hill was going to shatter the NFL record for yards in a single game.
He totaled 203 receiving yards in the first quarter. He made gains of 34, 23, and 19 yards — then scored two touchdowns of 75 yards and 44 yards. He accounted for nearly 83% of quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ yards in the first quarter.
He ended the first half with 210 yards — tied for the most in the first half of a game since 1991.
In the third period, Hill continued his incredible afternoon with a 21-yard reception and a 20-yard touchdown to bring his total to 261 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 12 catches.
The third score was Hill’s 14th overall of the season — a career-high in the regular season. He had 13 in 2018, but he’s now eclipsed that mark with five games remaining.
Hill finished with 269 yards — not as strong a finish as the start. But it tied him for the 15th-highest one-game receiving yards in NFL history. It was also the second-most single-game receiving yards in Chiefs history; wide receiver Stephone Paige had a 309-yard game in 1985.
The monster game shot his season yardage to 1,021 — currently the highest mark by any player this season. Over a four-year span, it’s his third season over the millennium mark. He is now on pace for 1,633 receiving yards and 22 total touchdowns.
Not only did Hill put on one of the most prolific single-game performances in NFL history, he’s also in the midst of one the league’s most productive seasons.