Tyreek Hill’s Top 5 Moments With The Kansas City Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Tyreek Hill era in Kansas City is over.
the former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver traded to Miami Dolphins this offseason after the Chiefs and Hill failed to agree on a contract extension.
Despite what many fans consider an untimely departure, Hill had a hugely productive six-year stint in Kansas City that was full of electric and unforgettable plays.
Before Hill officially dons the teal and orange, here are the five most memorable moments from Hill’s KC career to give Chiefs fans a nice walk down memory lane and a taste of what Dolphins fans can expect from their new receiver.
2016 Week 12 @ the Broncos
A fitting place to start is the game where Hill first caught national media attention. Hill’s rookie season got off to a great start in 2016, but didn’t really take off until Sunday Night Football against the Broncos.
In a primetime thriller filled with big plays, Hill was the main attraction becoming the first player since 1965 to score a touchdown by rushing, receiving and returning a kick in the same game.
It was impressive enough for Hill to perform so well in prime time against a division rival, but he also managed to make plays when his team needed him most. With the Chiefs leading 16-24 with 15 seconds left, Hill caught the game-tying touchdown pass to force the game into overtime.
The Chiefs won that game 30-27 in overtime, giving them 1st place in the AFC West. But more than that, Hill has established himself as the Chiefs’ deadliest weapon on offense and perhaps the NFL’s deadliest weapon.
Patrick Mahomes’ first game as a starter
There were a lot of questions about Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes entering his first season as a starter in 2018, and many of those questions were quickly answered (get it, because he’s the Cheetah) by Hill.
Hill’s first touch of the season was a punt after the Los Angeles Chargers scored a hat-trick on their first drive, which he carried 91 yards into the end zone. He followed that up on Mahomes’ first offensive drive as a starter with a 58-yard catch and a running touchdown.
He finished the game with 7 receptions, for 169 yards and 3 total touchdowns. Hill not only set the tone for this game, he set the tone for this season and for the rest of his time with Mahomes as a QB.
Hill then caught 12 of Mahomes’ 50 touchdown passes that season and caught 43 total touchdown passes in four seasons with the former NFL MVP.
4th and 9 transformation against Ravens
Hill’s ability to make plays in clutch moments was a major theme of his time in Kansas City, and this play is just another example.
In the fourth quarter of the 2018 game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Chiefs lost 24-17 with 1:29 left in the game. With 4th and 9 to go at the KC 40-yard line, Patrick Mahomes rushed a left and threw it over his body to find Hill who made an incredible 48-yard run despite being surrounded by Ravens defenders.
This allowed the Chiefs to go on to score the tying touchdown and ultimately win the game 27-24.
That 4th game is known as one of the greatest moments of Mahomes’ career, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Tyreek Hill’s playing ability.
It’s one of two games on this list that doesn’t include Hill scoring a touchdown, but it’s important for this season and Mahomes’ career makes it a hugely important game.
2020 Week 12 @ Tampa Bay
The Mahomes-Hill connection was at an all-time high during the 2020 season, and there’s no better proof than Hill’s career game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12.
Hill finished that game with 269 receiving yards, 13 receptions and 3 touchdowns. All three of Hill’s touchdown catches were catches over 20 yards, including a 75-yard catch and a run in the first quarter. Hill had 203 receiving yards in the first quarter and tied for the most receiving yards in the first half with 210 yards.
Hill’s utter dominance in this game is what makes it truly memorable. The game lost some of its impact after the season-ending Super Bowl loss to the Buccaneers, but there’s no denying it as one of the greatest performances by a wide receiver of all time.
Jet Chip Wasp
It makes sense that Hill was the recipient of the greatest passing game in Chiefs franchise history.
Jet Chip Wasp — or Wasp as it’s now known — is the name of the game the Chiefs ran against the San Francisco 49ers on the 3rd and 15th midway through the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, 2020.
On said play, Hill caught a pass from Mahomes for 44 yards, allowing the Chiefs to score a touchdown and cut what was a two-point lead for the 49ers. Up to this point in the game, Mahomes had thrown 2 interceptions, 0 touchdowns and only completed one pass from 20 yards.
The Chiefs were down 20-10 and desperately needed to play to start a comeback. Hill’s 44-yard catch was exactly what his team needed. It extended the drive, sparked the offense and led to a 21-point swing that gave the Chiefs their first Super Bowl in 50 years.
The significance of the coin is obvious, as not only is it extremely familiar but also to Chiefs fans, but also to NFL fans in general. Hill is one of the most important players in Chiefs history to come when the team needed him most, and Wasp is the ultimate example of that.