With the top seed in the AFC playoffs at stake and the postseason at hand, the Kansas City Chiefs needed to get wide receiver Tyreek Hill going. Already selected for the Pro Bowl, Hill had scored 12 touchdowns this season, but the former West Alabama standout hadn’t been in the end zone since Nov. 19.
On Sunday, Hill got there twice as the Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders 35-3 to secure home-field advantage during the AFC playoffs.
Hill caught five passes for 101 yards and one touchdown and scored on a 15-yard run with his only rushing attempt in the game.
Hill got the scoring started on Sunday by catching a 67-yard touchdown pass less than three minutes into the game.
The TD reception sent Hill into the Kansas City record book with the most receiving yards in a single season in franchise history. He broke the record of 1,391 yards established by Derrick Alexander in 2000.
Hill wrapped up the 2018 regular season with 87 receptions for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Since he joined the Chiefs as a fifth-round choice in the 2016 NFL Draft, Hill has scored 14 touchdowns that have covered at least 60 yards. No other NFL player has more than five such TDs during that time.
Hill also has 16 touchdowns of at least 50 yards. The only player in NFL history who can equal that in his first three seasons is Gale Sayers with the Chicago Bears in 1965 through 1967.
Hill was among the 43 former Alabama high school and college players (that didn’t play for Alabama or Auburn) who got on the field on the final Sunday of the NFL’s 2018 regular season.