"The turnovers, they just changed the game," Mahomes said. "I gave them 21 points, pretty much, through turnovers. It was kind of like the New England game. You can't give good teams points turning the ball over and that was the turning point of the game."
For the most part, Mahomes had a performance that would have been an offensive coordinator's dream. The second-year bomb-hurler completed 33 of 46 passes for 478 yards and six touchdowns. After the Rams jumped out to a 13-0 lead to start the game, he rocketed K.C. to a 17-13 edge with three consecutive scoring drives.
"It sucks right now. Plain and simple," Mahomes said. "You wanted to win that game going into the bye week, [against] a good team like that, a playoff team."
Despite the effort, Mahomes showed throughout the contest why he's one of the game's bright, young stars, connecting on a slew of amazing passes that kept him locked into a gripping, teeter-tottering scoreboard duel with Goff. Tyreek Hill was his co-conspirator in the potent passing game, collecting a career-high 215 yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches.
While coach Andy Reid knows the turnovers hurt the Chiefs' cause, he also knows what he has in Mahomes. The way the young signal-caller bounced back after fumbles and interceptions impressed him.
"He's resilient, man. And he has confidence in himself and his teammates," Reid said. "Thus, he gives it to everybody around him. He makes everybody around him better. Some things are going to happen in a game -- there are going to be highs and lows. The great ones battle through those. You put your head down and learn from the mistakes that take place and you come back firing and try to rip their heart out with the next series. And that's the way he goes about it."