It seems like Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce sets an NFL record every week. This one might be the most significant of them all.
With this crucial 36-yard catch in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons, Kelce broke the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end. It’s a record he held previously in 2018 when he got to 1,336 yards — but San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle topped him with 1,377 a few hours later.
On Sunday, Kelce reached 1,407 yards on the late-game reception to reclaim his title. His game box score at the time of the record-breaking reception was six catches, 84 yards — and a touchdown reception in the second quarter.
Kelce also broke his own record for receptions by a tight end in one NFL season. He hit 105 catches on Sunday — which topped the 103 he racked up in 2018. When he got to triple-digits this game, he became the only tight end to ever reach 100 catches in a single season twice.
Kelce is also the only tight end to ever surpass 1,300 receiving yards in two different seasons. He has also officially entered the top 10 for all-time tight end receptions, yards and touchdowns with his totals this season.
The game against the Falcons was probably Kelce’s last opportunity to set any records in this regular season — the team is likely to rest starters in its Week 17 contest.