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Mahomes looked at an array of blitzes the likes of which he had never before seen and was rarely gifted a clean pocket or much time to operate, but he gutted through it, stayed composed and released his gunslinger to capture the victory. It felt like a playoff game, and it was Mahomes’ toughest task yet given the injuries and lack of so many impact players. No first-time starter has looked like this since Dan Marino, and it should be reflected in the postseason hardware.
That’s what The Mahomes Experience is like, and every week he’s making new believers, even in his own city. Understand, for as good as the Chiefs have been this season —on Sunday they improved to 11-2 and are two wins from clinching the AFC’s top seed — many from their tortured fan base were freaking out late in the game, and for good reason.
The win moved the Chiefs to 11-2 and clinched a playoff spot for the fifth time in six years. Losses by the New England Patriots and Houston Texans on Sunday put Kansas City in prime position for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if it can get a victory in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Remember how much fun that Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams shootout was? Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff one-upping each other for 60 minutes?
Yeah, this was the opposite of that.
Goff threw four interceptions and Mitchell Trubisky had three Sunday night, as what was expected to be the game of the week turned out to be a dud. Trubisky did manage to throw one touchdown, taking advantage of Matt Nagy’s trickery on a 2-yard throw to offensive lineman Bradley Sowell, and the Chicago Bears’ defense did the rest in the 15-6 victory.
The Patriots own tie-breakers against the Chiefs and Texans, thanks to head-to-head wins, but they’ll now need a lot of help over the final three weeks to claim the No. 1 seed.
They must hope Kansas City loses two of its last three (against the Chargers, Seahawks, and Raiders) while the Pats win out. Even then, there’s the possibility the Chargers win out, in which case San Diego would finish 13-3 and claim the top seed.
But when magic was needed, magic is what K.C. got from Mahomes, who several-times weaved around rushers to find streaking receivers. The second-year signal-caller completes throws others can only dream of attempting. Against the league’s top-ranked defense, Mahomes proved he could win a playoff-type game.
Bowyer — a native of Emporia, Kansas — wore a custom Chiefs jersey that sported his car number with Stewart-Haas Racing: 14.
Several teams have reached out to him since he cleared waivers and are expected to continue to monitor his progress and recovery this offseason. Several NFL decision-makers I spoke to this week reiterated that they fully expect the running back to be back on the field in 2019, assuming there are no other incidents or discoveries about his actions.
“We were obviously shocked by the video, I think like anybody who saw it, and we had some issues with Kareem not being truthful about what had happened that night. We just really felt for everybody’s best interest, we needed to head in a different direction.”
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NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning on Good Morning Football Weekend that Smith, who sustained a broken fibula and tibia and is now battling an infection, is still in the hospital and is not expected to be able to return for the start of the 2019 campaign.
The play still seemed likely to end in failure, but Drake, a running back, broke a tackle, cut left, got a tremendous block to give him some room, and then cut back to his right and streaked down the sideline and into the end zone. He easily outran Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots’ tight end who had been in on defense to help in deep pass coverage.
But it was Badgley’s final kick of the evening that would give the Bolts the dagger to put the game away. With 49 seconds on the clock, Badgely nailed a 49-yard kick give the Chargers a 26-21 lead, thus eliminating a chance for a comeback.
If the Jets had lost the game, they would have moved up to No. 1 after the 49ers and Raiders each won their games. The teams would have all had the same 3-10 record, along with the Cardinals, but the Jets have the weakest strength of schedule, which is the tiebreaker.
Roethlisberger finished the game completing 25 of 29 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns. After re-entering the game, he completed 7 of 7 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown and a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
As for how he felt on the drive, all reporters received was a simple response from Big Ben: “OK.”
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Both Spencer Ware and Tyreek Hill were injured in the first half. But both players showed heart and courage, coming back to make key plays in the second half as the Kansas City Chiefs overcame two missed field goals in regulation and defeated the Baltimore Ravens27-24 in a thrilling overtime game at Arrowhead Stadium. With losses by both the New England Patriots and Houston Texans on Sunday, the Chiefs now hold a two game lead in the AFC.
Here were the game’s winners and losers:
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 in overtime on Sunday afternoon, improving their record to 11-2 and pulling two games ahead of the New England Patriots and Houston Texans — two teams that have also been eyeing the AFC’s number one seed.
Here are five hot takes from the game:
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