Someone better give Patrick Mahomes some ice cream for his shoulder
Patrick Mahomes completed 43 passes on #SundayNightFootballwhile Malik Willis only completed 5.
That 38-goal gap is the largest in a Super Bowl-era game, breaking the previous record of 36 since the Patriots’ 59-0 win over the Titans in Week 6 of 2009.
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Why the Chiefs won
The Chiefs desperately needed some semblance of running play and they just weren’t getting it from their backyard stable as Isiah Pacheco, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon combined for just 14 rushing yards in 12 races. Because of this inefficiency on the field, Tennessee was willing to sit in cover 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 on-field gains were the difference between victory and loss for the Chiefs in that game.
On the fourth quarter touchdown alone, Mahomes had three notable shoves that converted a third-and-17, scored the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion. While those rushes will make most of the headlines, Mahomes also used his legs to extend plays and set up throws down the field. In overtime, he threw a third-and-inch play and completed a breathtaking 27-yard pass to Noah Gray that propelled them deep into Tennessee territory to set up the field goal.
Defensively, the Chiefs did a great job slowing down Tennessee’s biggest weapon on offense: Derrick Henry. After a first half where he rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns, KC held Henry to 23 rushing yards on eight carries in the second half and overtime.
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B – Heads
The Chiefs were able to avoid an upset on Sunday night, but it took a career day for Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes upped his magic in the fourth quarter and it’s a good thing he did, as he provided nearly every yard of offense for the Chiefs in that game (only 14 of Kansas City’s 499 total yards didn’t involve not Mahomes). Mahomes threw a career-high 68 passes, just two off the NFL record in a single game. He also threw for 446 yards, which was the third-highest total of his career. Mahomes added a career-high 63 yards rushing, including 14 that came on a touchdown with just 2:56 to go (he also scored the game-tying two-point conversion). Mahomes didn’t have his best night, but he was at his best when needed 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 victory for a Chiefs team that is now tied with the Bills for the best AFC record.
Derrick Henry knows the Titans defense played their part
Henry continues to rewrite Titans history in loss to Kansas City | Washington Post
“We didn’t execute,” Henry said. “They played better than us in the second half.”
Henry was limited 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 on offense and a first down in the final 30 minutes of regulation time.
“There are no moral victories,” Vrabel said. “We came here to win. That’s all we thought we would do. Yeah, there’s more I could do, more coaches and players could do.
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6) Patrick Mahomes makes another second-half comeback in a historic game
Mahomes had 446 passing yards and a touchdown, as well as 63 rushing yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 20-17 overtime win over the Titans. Mahomes is the first player in the superbowl era to record at least 400 passing yards and a touchdown and 60 passing yards and a rushing touchdown in the same game.
Mahomes won his fifth straight game while trailing at halftime, which is the second winning streak of his career. Peyton Manning is the only other player with two such streaks in his career since QB starts began being tracked in 1950.
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Ten days ago, Brady was almost inconsolable in the Bucs locker room after falling into the Baltimore Ravens 27-22 in prime time. The following day, he and Gisele Bundchen finalized their divorce after 13 years of marriage. But on Sunday, Brady was able to recapture a piece of the magic that defined his remarkable 23-year career. And more importantly, he was able to feel joy again. His coaches and teammates too.
“That was awesome,” said Brady, who hadn’t beaten the Rams in three tries as a Buccaneer until Sunday. “That was f—awesome.”
Brady’s 15-yard pass to running back Leonard Fournette in the second quarter made history as he became the first NFL quarterback to eclipse 100,000 career passing yards in the regular season and playoffs combined playoffs. But it’s what Brady did with 44 seconds left against the defending Super Bowl champions that showed why at 45 he continues to defy both age and logic and that helped an underdog team break a three-game losing streak.
Bills’ Josh Allen on loss to Jets: It’s hard to win when ‘your quarterback plays like (expletive)’ | NFL.com
Josh Allen’s bad, bad day resulted in an upset loss for the Bills, who saw their lead in the AFC East shrink to half a game.
Allen was the first to admit his failures against the Jets in stride.
“It’s hard to win in this league. We were playing a good team here, (and) your quarterback is playing like s—,” Allen said. “I made some bad decisions tonight, it really cost our team dearly. There’s a lot to learn, a lot to develop, but it’s not the standard we hold ourselves to. It’s not the ball we play.
Allen’s performance started as usual, pushing the Bills into goal range before an unusually ugly interception ended the opening possession. It seemed like a mistake Allen would overcome, throwing for 143 yards and a 14-10 halftime lead.
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There were a lot of questionable decisions from him throughout the game against the Lions, who ranked last in total defense heading into the game. Detroit was giving up an average of 154.9 rushing yards per game (third in the league) and 266.4 passing yards per game (sixth in the league).
And yet, Green Bay couldn’t find any offensive momentum.
“I had s pitches — for sure,” Rodgers said in his first words after the game.
The Packers tried early, going there fourth on their first offensive streak of the game. They did not convert, continuing their fourth woes of the season – they have the worst conversion rate in the NFL at 18.18%.
Even after that, Green Bay and Rodgers himself still tried to have fun with the aim of “Marrying Kondo” their season and “sparking joy” with a play call in which Bakhtiari launched into a road and was open in the end zone. Rodgers threw it, perhaps too cautiously, and instead of Bakhtiari being the catalyst for a team turnover, the ball was intercepted by none other than rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.
Bears’ Justin Fields sets regular-season rushing mark for QB | ESPN
Justin Fields continued to make his case as the best quarterback in the 2021 draft class after hitting all-time highs in Chicago’s 35-32 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The Bears quarterback set several NFL and franchise records on Sunday. His 178 rushing yards are the most by a quarterback in a regular season game in the Super Bowl era, surpassing the previous record set by former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (173) in 2002.
Fields was 3 yards away from breaking the all-time record, which former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick (181 yards) set in the 2012 Divisional Playoffs.
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And who could forget Halloween night 2011, when with the score tied and a minute left at Arrowhead Stadium, quarterback Philip Rivers shockingly lost a fumbled snap at the Kansas City 15-yard line, eliminating a game-winning field goal chance and giving the Chiefs a 23-20 overtime win in front of a national audience on Monday night.
For a brief moment at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, it appeared the Chargers would add a new chapter to their questionable tradition. Already in position for a game-winning field goal with less than a minute left, running back Austin Ekeler fumbled at the Atlanta 20-yard line and Falcons defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham recovered the ball before to sprint unhindered on the Los Angeles sideline. . He was at 25, 30, 35, and…
Inexplicably, and untouched, Graham lost the football. The Chargers recovered at the Atlanta 43 and, after a 22-yard completion from Justin Herbert to Joshua Palmer, newly signed kicker Cameron Dicker won a game ball with a 37-yard field goal when time expired.
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6 winners and 4 losers from Chiefs win over Titans
Cornerback Trent McDuffie: The highly anticipated return of the rookie first-round pick was pretty much flawless. McDuffie and the rest of the young secondary held the Titans wide receivers without a single catch, so you didn’t hear the names of the cornerbacks much. McDuffie also had one of the best cover plays you’ll ever see when he knocked a pass away from tight end Austin Hooper. By turning his head and playing the ball, McDuffie proved that it was in fact possible to interrupt a pass without receiving a pass interference call. At the end of regulation, McDuffie was also spotted with perfect coverage on Cody Hollister, showing that he can be that No. 1 cornerback sticking in coverage that we hoped he could be when Kansas City advanced in the draft to get it.
JuJu Smith-Schuster wide receiver: When the going got tough, Mahomes’ go-to-guy was the Chiefs’ No. 1. Yes, tight end Travis Kelce is still this guy – but when the defense took him, Smith-Schuster feasted inside. Making tough grabs after tough grabs on so many key third downs, Smith-Schuster’s 10 catches for 88 yards might be overlooked — but his contributions absolutely shouldn’t be.