Former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson received a lot of praise from fans, the media and even Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes after a steller performance against the defending champs Sunday night.

The Jets came in on a two-game losing streak and an offense that was struggling to move the ball and get points. With fans and the media restless — including former New York Jets legend Joe Namath even calling out Wilson — the former No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft responded by playing arguably his best game of his career as Wilson finished the contest completing 28-of-39 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball twice for 14 yards and finished with a pass rating of 105.2.

Meanwhile, Mahomes completed just 18-of-30 passes for 203 yards to go with a touchdown and two interceptions. He finished with a passing rating of just 63.6. Mahomes should have had at least another interception on the night, but between a drop and an interception that was called back for defensive holding late in the fourth cost the Jets the game.

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After the contest, Wilson and Mahomes gave a each other a handshake, a hug and spoke briefly. Mahomes, last year’s MVP, told Wilson to “play like that all year.”

In addition, Mahomes gave Wilson some more praise during the postgame interview:

He (Zach) 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. 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.

Kansas City defensive tackle and Pro-bowler Chris Jones also went to bat for Wilson saying:

We knew it was going to be a battle, as he (Zach) is continuing to get better week in and week out, and to lead week in and week out. … Zach Wilson is special. You just got to give the guy time.

Here’s how fans and the media reacted to Wilson’s performance:


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