The Kansas City Chiefs (8-2) continue to enjoy their perch above the AFC after a thrilling 30-27 win over the Los Angeles Chargers (5-5) thanks to the dynamic duo of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce.
Both players were lights-out, once again. This time around, however, Kelce cemented his legacy by passing future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski for the most 100-yard games in a tight end’s career (33). He also passed Chiefs legend and Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez for the most consecutive games with a reception (136) in franchise history.
Kelce’s scintillating performance and newly-established records didn’t just stay within the realm of Sunday night, however.
And one simple quote from Patrick Mahomes really kicked things into high gear.
“Travis [Kelce] is Travis,” Mahomes said after the game. “He is the greatest tight end of all-time.”
It spilled into the Twitterverse and turned into a mega-debate about which tight end is going to be -or may already be- the best of all-time: Kelce or Gronk?
As you can see below, both your average bear and some really big names in the industry took their swing.
A lot of people hand their hand in the pot:
When it’s all said and done. It’s going be hard to say Kelce isn’t the GOAT. He’s not slowing dwn at all. He can keep this up for at least 2-3 yrs.— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) November 21, 2022
First 137 career games:— Hard Rock Sportsbook (@HardRockSB) November 21, 2022
773 Rec 595
9,861 Rec Yds 8,862
68 Rec TD 90
7 Pro Bowls 5
Kelce's prime has lasted longer than Gronk's career 🤯 pic.twitter.com/wrTOIYysyM
Everyone agrees Kelce is the 🐐 TE now?— Heath Cummings (@heathcummingssr) November 21, 2022
Kelce is the best ever— Eric Eager 📊🏈 (@ericeager_) November 21, 2022
With Alex Smith, Travis Kelce averaged 77 receptions, 975 yards and 6 TDs per season.— 🗣🎙‼️ (@LanceTHESPOKEN) November 21, 2022
With Tom Brady, Gronk averaged 56 receptions, 844 yards and 8 TDs per season.
Cute try, though. https://t.co/RehfrrYiXH
Yea I forgot Gronk played his entire career with some bum named Tom Brady throwing him passes https://t.co/rEHSHjRwUa— Braiden Turner (@bturner23) November 21, 2022
But, of course, I had to include the tweets backing Gronk to remain fair:
Gronk clears, not close https://t.co/R9CGEWeeDq— Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass) November 21, 2022
Kelce after the catch is a big WR, Gronk after the catch is Derrick Henry AND Marshawn Lynch https://t.co/mZoRDF6Hf2— Billy (@Billyhottakes) November 22, 2022
Recency bias is a hell of a drug lmao prime gronk is top 2 and he’s not 2 .. travis kelce wouldn’t do this if not with Patrick mahomes pic.twitter.com/m3tcbOdQCv— John (@iam_johnw) November 21, 2022
It’s certainly a very good debate. And it’s a tough one, too. Gronkowski is indeed an all-around tight end, but Kelce is just different when it comes to his skillset. There haven’t been many tight ends, if any, that have his combination of IQ and elite athleticism.
Either way, Kelce supporters should be able to shut down this argument, eventually, because Kelce is 33-years-old. He has plenty of good football left in him.
And thanks to that fact, there won’t be much of an argument left by the time he’s retired.
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