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.
Record breaker! Kelce is NFL TE1 in the books (via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/PgJLIO0U0n— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) December 27, 2020
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.
That’s more like it. Mahomes to Kelce for 6. (via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/mBdjrRh4bc— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) December 27, 2020
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.