Patrick Mahomes: Zach Wilson ‘Played His Tail Off’ On Sunday Night Football

Oct 1, 2023, 9:50 PM | Updated: 10:45 pm


Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets congratulates Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs after the game at MetLife Stadium on October 01, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former BYU Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson received some praise from NFL star Patrick Mahomes after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the New York Jets on Sunday Night Football in Week 4.

Patrick Mahomes praises Zach Wilson

The Jets hosted the Chiefs at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, October 1.

Wilson played his best game of the season and was mostly mistake-free aside from a lost fumble in the fourth quarter.

Despite a good game from the former Corner Canyon High School standout, Mahomes was better in the closing minutes of the game.

@kslsportscom We saw growth from #ZachWilson both on and off the field on @SNF on NBC, says @Kyle Ireland. #LocalsInTheNFL #NFL #TakeFlight #Jets #BYUFOOTBALL ♬ original sound – kslsportscom

Mahomes and the Chiefs beat Wilson and the Jets, 23-20.

After the game, Mahomes gave Wilson a handshake and hug while the two had a short conversation.

Following the moment between the quarterbacks, Mahomes was interviewed on the Sunday Night Football postgame show.

“Zach played his ass of, man,” the Super Bowl MVP said.

“He played his tail off, he battled. We have a good defense and he made a lot of big-time throws into the windows and down the field,” Mahomes added. “I’ve watched him since his BYU days so I was proud of him to go out there and show out. But luckily, we got the win in the end.”

Wilson finished the contest 28/39 passing for 245 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball twice for 14 yards. Wilson was sacked twice and lost a fumble. The third-year pro posted a rating of 105.2.

Zach Wilson’s Touchdowns

With 10:40 remaining in the third quarter, Wilson connected with Allen Lazard for 10 yards and six points. It was Wilson’s second touchdown pass of the game. After the touchdown, the quarterback scrambled and dove for a two-point conversion.

Wilson’s touchdown and two-point conversion tied the game at 20-20.

Wilson’s first touchdown came with 6:26 left in the first half. The former BYU star floated a pass to the far corner of the end zone and into the hands of Jets tight end C.J. Uzomah. The one-yard touchdown cut Kansas City’s lead to 17-12.

Wilson entered the contest having thrown for 467 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions this season.

With the loss, the Jets fell to a 1-3 record this season. The team has lost its last three games.

New York’s next game is on the road against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, October 8 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT). The game will be broadcast on CBS and NFL Sunday Ticket.

About Zach Wilson

Before his time in the NFL, the Corner Canyon High School product had a standout career at BYU. Wilson helped the Cougars to an 11-1 record during his final season in Provo.

Following his college career, the Jets selected Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

During the quarterback’s rookie season, Wilson missed four games due to a knee injury. He finished the year throwing for 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns, and 11 interceptions with a 55.6 completion rate.

Before his second season, the former BYU star underwent surgery after suffering a knee injury in New York’s preseason opener. Without Wilson, the Jets opened the 2022 season with a 1-2 record. After returning, the Jets posted a 5-2 record before Wilson was benched for the first time. After a month on the sidelines, Wilson returned to action for a couple of contests before he was benched again.

Last season, the Jets posted a 7-10 record and missed the NFL Playoffs.

RELATED: Zach Wilson Discusses Taking Over As New York Jets’ Starting QB

Wilson finished the 2022 season having thrown for 1,688 yards, six touchdowns, and seven interceptions with a 54.5 percent completion rate. He has a rating of 72.9 and a QBR of 37.1. The Jets missed the playoffs with a 7-10 record.

During his first two seasons in the league, Wilson passed for 4,022 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions. He also ran for 287 yards and five touchdowns.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. He’s also co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on X/Twitter (@kyleireland), Instagram (@kyleirelandksl), and Threads (@kyleirelandksl).

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

Locals In the NFL


Chandler Holt

Sean Payton Speaks On Zach Wilson, Trade With New York Jets

Broncos head coach Sean Payton spoke on former BYU QB Zach Wilson and the team's interest in bringing the former No. 2 overall pick to Denver.

9 days ago

Sean Payton Bo Nix Denver Broncos Zach Wilson Locals In The NFL...

Chandler Holt

Sean Payton Previews Broncos QB Battle Between Zach Wilson, Bo Nix, Jarrett Stidham

Broncos head coach Sean Payton gave commendations to Zach Wilson, Bo Nix, and Jarrett Stidham as the three QBs compete for the starting spot.

16 days ago

Roger Goodell NFL Commisioner Schedule Every Day Of Week...

TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer

NFL Closer To Playing On Every Day Of Week As League’s Reach Keeps Growing

The NFL hasn't scheduled a game for every day of the week. Yet. It's all part of the NFL's plan to keep growing the game and the league.

22 days ago


Chandler Holt

2024 NFL Schedule Release: Best Local Player Matchups

The NFL released its schedule for the upcoming 2024 season and most weeks feature matchups between players with ties to the state of Utah.

23 days ago


Michelle Bodkin

Best Trips To Double Dip On Utah Football, NFL Games

Utah football starts their inaugural season in the Big 12 which conveniently opens some doors to double dip on an NFL game as well.

30 days ago

Zack Moss former Utah Utes RB Cincinatti Bengals Reds first pitch...

Chandler Holt

Former Utah RB Zack Moss Throws First Pitch At Cincinnati Reds Game

Bengals RB and former Utah star Zack Moss threw the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds game against the Diamondbacks.

1 month ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!

Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption...

Hans & Scotty’s Day Of Adoption

Join the KSL Sports Zone for Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption, in partnership with the Humane Society of Utah, on June 25th, 2024!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Patrick Mahomes: Zach Wilson ‘Played His Tail Off’ On Sunday Night Football