Len Dawson relishes Mahomes breaking his 1964 TD record



November 13, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals to set a new Chiefs touchdown passing record on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

For a sense of the archaic context of the latest record broken by Chiefs quarterback phenomenon Patrick Mahomes, we turned Sunday to the men most directly responsible for the previous franchise record for touchdown passes in a season set in 1964 — while the Chiefs still were in the AFL.

Len Dawson’s 30th touchdown pass that season, a record that held up until Mahomes threw his 31st in the Chiefs’ 26-14 victory over Arizona on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, went for 55 yards to Chris Burford in a 24-7 victory over the Jets that capped a 7-7 season.

Owning the record surely was a fine thing for Dawson, though, really, it was merely a minor distinction in a Pro Football Hall of Fame career that included three AFL titles and the only Super Bowl the Chiefs ever have won.

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