Now, he's set to snap an even longer streak.
On Wednesday, the National Football League shared what it said was Mahomes' five best moments from his preseason games.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes looks to pass during a preseaon game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 31, 2017. The Chiefs are locked into the fourth playoff seed.
In 2013, the Chiefs were locked into the fifth spot, and coach Andy Reid elected to rest almost every starter on both sides of the ball.
Still, the decision adds some intrigue to a game that had precious little of it. After all, the Chiefs traded up in the 1st round to draft him. He also made a number of dazzling plays.
Mahomes showed off a rocket for an arm during the preseason, and his ability to make something out of nothing has drawn comparisons to another Reid protege: Brett Favre. Whether said future starts in 2017 or is extended beyond that depends a lot on how Smith and the Chiefs perform in the playoffs.
But the job security of Broncos rookie head coach Vance Joseph may hinge in part on Sunday, so Mahomes is likely to get a full taste of a risky and star-laden Denver 'D'. You get a week off. "He'll learn from it". "Every snap that he gets is a valuable snap for him whenever he has that chance of getting in there". "Fortunately, we're in a situation where we can do that".
Resting starters is nothing new for Reid, who has done so during his time in Kansas City as well as his previous stint in Philadelphia.
Accordingly, Mahomes will get the first-team snaps in practice this week, while Smith will run the scout-team offense.
"That's a big thing".
Despite a lack of playing time this season, Mahomes says that he's become a better player while serving in a backup role.
Smith doesn't appear to be in danger of being benched, especially since the Chiefs have broken out of their midseason funk and won three games in a row. But Reid thinks that positive vibe will continue regardless of the outcome. "But, I've said this all along, he's a pretty natural player". They were driven inside by temperatures in the single digits Wednesday.