Travis Kelce Breaks Jerry Rice’s Record, Rewards Prop Bettors in AFC Championship
Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images Pictured: Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce entered the AFC Championship as one of the greatest NFL playoff performers of all-time.
He showed exactly why in the Chiefs' 17-10 win over the Ravens, hauling in all 11 passes thrown his way for 116 yards and a touchdown to help the Kansas City reach its fourth Super Bowl in five years. The future Hall of Fame wasted no time making his presence felt, making history while rewarding prop bettors right off the bat.
Kelce entered the game the all-time playoff leader in catches (145), yards (1,694) and touchdowns (18) among tight ends. He needed six catches to match Jerry Rice and seven to pass him for most playoff receptions of all-time regardless of position. He'd also recorded at least five receptions in 12 straight postseason games, one shy of matching Julian Edelman’s NFL record. The perennial Pro Bowler tied him on the second drive of the game with an acrobatic, third-down catch.
Kelce took a major chunk out of what was needed to reach those historic marks with a three-catch, 36-yard opening drive resulting in a touchdown. It was his 19th playoff TD, putting him three scores shy of tying Rice’s other all-time record. It was also his sixth TD in a conference championship game, which is the most among any player in history.
As expected, it sent his fans – and a certain you know who – into a frenzy.
Kelce had a four-yard reception on the first snap of the series, a clutch 13-yard snare on 4th-and-2 and a 19-yard TD catch to give Kansas City an early 7-0 lead. He wasted no time cashing his anytime touchdown (-105) and rewarded backers who had him as the game’s first touchdown scorer (+900).
Kelce broke the record in the middle of the second quarter on an 8-yard catch that took him over his receiving yards prop (63.5) in the process.
Travis Kelce tying (and soon breaking) a Jerry Rice postseason receiving record is a big deal. You can’t hyperbole that enough.
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