For 10 games, there was little trouble with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Touchdowns and points stacked with wins, with errors kept to a minimum.
The equation has changed a bit in the previous game. In the 54-51 loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week, Mahomes equaled his best career record with six touchdown passes and his 478 yards totaled 103 points more than he had thrown into a the NFL.
But the revolutions mounted. When the last two goods of the Chiefs ended with interceptions, the total Mahomes in the night reached five gifts: three choices and two lost fumbles.
After more than a week of treatment, Mahomes had a better understanding of where things went wrong, and from Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, coach Andy Reid's assertions repeated a few times this season .
"One thing about Pat," said Reid. "He does not make the same mistake twice. I do not worry about that.
So what went wrong in Los Angeles?
Mahomes has always been honest with games that have worked and have not worked this season. On the striptease bags, Mahomes' first idea was to credit the defender, the tackle Aaron Donald.
"First of all, the guy did good games," Mahomes said. "He hit the ball directly on two occasions."
One of them resulted in a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Donald is the best defensive lineman in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. He leads the NFL with 15 sacks, and he is not an outside linebacker but an inside lineman.
Yet, Mahomes bore his share of responsibility for trial and error.
"In the pocket, I usually keep the ball with both hands," Mahomes said. "He had me at the perfect time when I was trying to escape. You must be safe with the ball. You can not lose it.
"I have not been much fired, but at the same time, I will try to improve by keeping just two hands on the ball, even when I try to break the pocket."
The three most damaging interceptions of Mahomes took place towards the end of the third quarter. Linebacker Samson Ebukam showed up in front of a short pass to Demetrius Harris and sent him back to 25 yards for a touchdown. On the room, Tyreek Hill was open in the apartment and a moment of indecision cost Mahomes dearly.
"You just have to be decisive," Mahomes said. "I was looking at Tyreek instead and saw Harris open and instead of just tearing the ball, I was undecided with throwing … You have to eliminate them when you want to beat good teams. "
The one who disturbed the most Mahomes was nearing the end. The Chiefs, by three, drove the Rams 48 and get closer to the shooting zone. Mahomes charged for a deep attempt. Ebukam interrupted his attempt and Marcus Peters intercepted the ball.
"I think the most important thing for me was when we were almost in the end zone and we only knew when and where not to try our luck," said Mahomes. "Every experience, good or bad, you must learn from."
The year was incredible for Mahomes, whose 37 touchdowns erased the Chiefs' record and led the NFL. His smuggler score of 117.9 ranks second in the league after Drew Brees of the Saints. The quarterbacks, as well as Rams' midfielder Todd Gurley, were mentioned as leaders in the race for victory.
Mahomes will talk about his good and bad parts, but he will not participate in a conversation about rewards or numbers. That did not serve him as he learned at Texas Tech, where he broke records but finished 13-16 as a starter.
"I have not established any statistical goals at all," Mahomes said. "My goals were to win West Africa, win games in the playoffs and then try to win the Super Bowl. These were my goals since I was enlisted in this team. I had a lot of stats in college and they did not count for wins. So all it takes to win football matches is the goal I set myself. "
Including learning from mistakes.