Dec 27, 2020; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) catches a pass against Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kendall Sheffield (20) in the fourth quarter of a NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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Kelce sets single-season mark for yardage by a tight end

Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce had 98 receiving yards on Sunday to set a new single-season record for a tight end with 1,416 yards.

He surpassed the mark set by San Francisco’s George Kittle, who had 1,377 in 2018.

Kelce also caught seven passes in the 17-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons to raise his season total to a career-best 105 and become the first tight end to have 100 or more catches twice in a career. He also recorded his career-best 11th touchdown reception.

Kelce, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, was more impressed that the Chiefs (14-1) earned the AFC’s No. 1 seed for the postseason and landed the first-round bye than his individual accomplishments.

“To get a week of preparation, a week of really locking in and getting the body right that late in the season is so key, and it’s much needed if you want to make that playoff push,” Kelce said after the contest. “That’s what you work your tail off for all season. I’m just proud to be a part of this team and be able to do it again this year.”

One player impressed with Kelce’s season accomplishments is Kittle.

“Raising the bar all year!!! Congrats @tkelce,” Kittle said on Twitter.

Kelce, 31, also topped 100 receptions when he had 103 in 2018. He is the only tight end in NFL history to post five seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

–Field Level Media

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