Chiefs News 11/7: Patrick Mahomes and Malik Willis break unusual record
Patrick Mahomes completed 43 passes #SundayNightFootballwhile Malik Willis only finished 5th.
That 38-yard scoring gap is the largest in a game in the Super Bowl era, breaking the previous record of 36 in the Patriots’ 59-0 win over the Titans in Week 6 in 2009.
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Why the Chiefs won
The Chiefs desperately needed some semblance of a running game and just couldn’t get it from their stable as Isiah Pacheco, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon combined for just 14 rushing yards on 12 carries. Because of that ineffectiveness on the field, Tennessee was willing to relax in coverage and bottle things up in the secondary. So Patrick Mahomes had to take matters into his own hands. Not only did he rush for a team-high 63 yards, but those gains on the ground were the difference between the Chiefs winning and losing this game.
In just the fourth quarter touchdown, Mahomes had three notable tackles that converted a third-and-17, a game-tying touchdown and a two-point conversion. While those rushes will garner most of the headlines, Mahomes has also used his legs to extend plays and set up throws down the field. In overtime, he went on a third-and-inch play and completed a stunning 27-yard pass to Noah Gray that took them deep into Tennessee territory to set up the go-ahead field goal.
Defensively, the Chiefs did a strong job of slowing down Tennessee’s biggest weapon on offense: Derrick Henry. After a first half in which he rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns, KC held Henry to 23 yards rushing on eight carries during the second half and overtime.
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The Chiefs were able to avoid disaster on Sunday night, but Patrick Mahomes needed a career day. Mahomes stepped up his magic in the fourth quarter and it’s a good thing he did, as he accounted for nearly every yard of offense for the Chiefs in this game (only 14 of Kansas City’s 499 total yards did not involve Mahomes). Mahomes threw a career-high 68 passes, just two shy of the NFL single-game record. He also threw for 446 yards, the third-highest total of his career. Mahomes added a career-high 63 yards on the ground, including 14 that came on a TD with just 2:56 left (He also nailed the game-tying two-point conversion). Mahomes didn’t have his best night, but he was at his best when he had to be and that’s why Kansas City won. Mahomes completed passes to 11 different receivers, including Travis Kelce and JuJu Smith-Schuster, who both caught 10 passes. It was a huge win for a Chiefs team that is now tied with the Bills for the best record in the AFC.
“We didn’t execute,” Henry said. “They played better than us in the second half.”
Henry was held to 22 yards on seven carries in the second half. Willis was 2 of 9 for minus-2 yards through the air. And the Titans had 38 yards of total offense and one first down in the final 30 minutes of regulation.
“There are no moral victories,” Vrabel said. “We came here to win. That’s all we thought about. Yes, there is more that I could have done, more that the coaches and players could have done.”
6) Patrick Mahomes makes another second half comeback in a historic game
Mahomes had 446 passing yards and a touchdown, along with 63 rushing yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 20-17 overtime win over the Titans. Mahomes is the first player Super Bowl era to record at least 400 yards and a touchdown passing and 60 yards and a touchdown rushing in the same game.
Mahomes won his fifth straight game after trailing at halftime, the second such winning streak of his career. Peyton Manning is the only other player with two such career streaks since QBs began being tracked in 1950.
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Ten days ago, Brady was almost inconsolable in the Bucs locker room after going down Baltimore Ravens 27-22 in prime time. The next day, he and Gisele Bundchen divorced after 13 years of marriage. But on Sunday, Brady had to recapture some of the magic that defined his extraordinary 23-year career. And more importantly, he needed to feel joy again. As well as his coaches and teammates.
“That was great,” said Brady, who had not beaten the Rams in three tries as a Buccaneer until Sunday. “That was freaking awesome.”
Brady’s 15-yard pass to running back Leonard Fournette in the second quarter was a history-maker, becoming the first NFL quarterback to eclipse 100,000 career passing yards in the regular season and postseason combined. But it was what Brady did with 44 seconds left against the defending Super Bowl champions that showed why, at 45, he still defies age and logic, and it helped a tainted team snap a three-game losing streak.
Josh Allen’s bad day resulted in an upset loss for the Bills, who watched their AFC East lead cut to half a game.
Allen was the first to admit his failures against the Jets immediately afterward.
“It’s hard to win in this league. We played a good team here, (and) your quarterback plays like s—,” Allen said. “We made some bad decisions tonight that really cost our team. Much to learn, much to grow from, but that is not the standard we hold ourselves to. That’s not the ball we play with.”
Allen’s performance started as usual, putting the Bills in scoring range before an uncharacteristically ugly interception ended the first possession. It was a mistake Allen seemed to overcome, throwing for 143 yards and a 14-10 halftime lead.
There were plenty of questionable decisions on his part throughout the game against the Lions, who were last in total defense entering the game. Detroit averaged 154.9 yards per game (third most in the league) and 266.4 passing yards per game (sixth most in the league).
And yet, Green Bay couldn’t muster any offensive momentum.
“I had some e—-y throws for sure,” Rodgers said in his first words after the game.
The Packers tried early, making it happen on fourth down on their first offensive drive of the game. They didn’t convert, continuing their season-long woes on fourth down – they have an NFL-worst conversion rate of 18.18%.
Even after that, Green Bay and Rodgers himself still tried to have some fun in an effort to “Marie Kondo” their season and “bring some real joy” with a playcall in which Bakhtiari dropped a route and was open in the end zone . Rodgers lobbied, perhaps too cautiously, and instead of Bakhtiari being the big catalyst for the team’s turnaround, the ball was intercepted by none other than rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.
Justin Fields continued to make his case as the top quarterback in the 2021 draft class after reaching historic heights during Chicago’s 35-32 loss. Miami Dolphins.
The Bears quarterback set multiple NFL and franchise records on Sunday. His 178 yards are the most by a quarterback in a regular season game in the Super Bowl era, surpassing the previous mark set by former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (173) in 2002.
Fields was 3 yards short of breaking the all-time rushing record set by former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick (181 yards) in the 2012 divisional playoffs.
And who could forget Halloween 2011, when with the score tied and a minute to play at Arrowhead Stadium, quarterback Philip Rivers shockingly lost a fumble at the Kansas City 15-yard line, eliminating a chance for the game-winning field goal and giving the Chiefs a chance to prevail in overtime, 23-20, in front of a national crowd Monday night.
For the briefest of moments at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, it appeared the Chargers would add a new chapter to their dubious lore. Already in position for a game-winning field goal with less than a minute to play, running back Austin Ekeler fumbled at the Atlanta 20-yard line, and Falcons defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham scooped up the ball before sprinting unimpeded down the Los Angeles sideline. He was at 25, 30, 35 and…
Inexplicably, and without touching, Graham lost the football. The Chargers recovered to the Atlanta 43 and, after a 22-yard pass from Justin Herbert to Joshua Palmer, newly signed kicker Cameron Dicker earned a 37-yard field goal as time expired.
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Cornerback Trent McDuffie: The long-awaited return of the new first-round pick was pretty flawless. McDuffie and the rest of the young secondary held the Titans’ wide receivers without a single catch, so you didn’t hear the cornerbacks’ names being called much. McDuffie also made one of the better coverage plays you’ll ever see when he picked off tight end Austin Hooper’s pass. By turning his head and playing the ball, McDuffie proved that it is actually possible to break up a pass without interfering with the pass. At the end of regulation, McDuffie was also spotted in perfect coverage on Cody Hollister, showing he can be the sticky coverage No. 1 cornerback we hoped he could be when Kansas City moved up in the draft to get him.
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster: When the going got tough, Mahomes’ guy was the Chiefs’ #1. Yes, Travis Kelce’s secret lineup is still there that guy – but when the defense took him away, Smith-Schuster reveled in the interior. Making tough catch after tough catch on so many key third downs, Smith-Schuster’s 10 catches for 88 yards might be overlooked — but his contributions absolutely shouldn’t be.
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