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Final score: Chiefs stave off Bucs’ comeback, win 27-24 in Tampa

Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill exploded for 269 yards and three touchdowns.

Kansas City Chiefs v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs were clinging to a 27-24 lead, holding the ball on third-and-7 at midfield with less than 90 seconds left in the game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had no timeouts.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes shifted to his left, stepping up in the pocket to find wide receiver Tyreek Hill for a game-ending first down. It was a fitting end to a game that saw Mahomes throw for 462 yards and three touchdowns — all of the scores to Hill, who had a career-high 269 yards on the day.

Quarterback Tom Brady could only watch from the sideline as the Chiefs improved to 10-1 and the Buccaneers dropped to 7-5.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 17-0 lead thanks to the best first-quarter effort of Hill’s career. Hill ripped off seven catches for 203 yards in that period alone — including 75-yard and 44-yard touchdown passes.

The Buccaneers — blanked in the first quarter — found the scoreboard first in the second quarter. After quarterback Tom Brady got the Buccaneers into the red zone with a 29-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, he hit running back Ronald Jones for 29 yards and a score on the next play.

The Chiefs led 20-7 at halftime.

Midway through the third quarter, Hill caught a 20-yard touchdown pass to extend the Chiefs’ lead to 27-10. Interceptions by Chiefs defensive backs Bashaud Breeland and Tyrann Mathieu helped hold the Buccaneers to just three points in the third quarter.

Brady and the Buccaneers kept hope alive in the fourth, when Tampa Bay continued to push for a comeback on a fourth-and-3 at the Kansas City 31. Brady floated a pass down the right sideline and into the hands of wide receiver Mike Evans for a touchdown, cutting the Chiefs’ lead to 27-17.

Two holding penalties cost the Chiefs points on the next drive — and they punted the ball back to the Buccaneers — but the penalties continued. Referees called defensive end Frank Clark for two roughing-the-passer penalties, which aided Tampa Bay in pushing the ball down the field in less than three minutes.

The Buccaneers narrowed the score to 27-24 on a 7-yard pass from Brady to Evans, but the Chiefs were able to run out the clock and secure the victory.

Mahomes had 359 passing yards in the first half alone — a career-high through the first two quarters and the most by a quarterback since 1991. Tight end Travis Kelce finished with eight catches for 82 yards.

In his return to the lineup, Alex Okafor split a sack with fellow defensive end Mike Danna. Chiefs defenders combined for eight hits on Brady.


Injuries

  • Linebacker Dorian O’Daniel left the game midway through the first quarter due to an ankle injury.

Special teams

  • Harrison Butker was a perfect 2 for 2 (19, 29) on field goals and 3 for 3 in extra points.

Rapid reaction

  • The game’s rapid reaction will be posted to our homepage shortly.

Statistics

CATEGORY KC TB
Total Yards 457 198
Total Plays 49 29
Yards per play 9.3 6.8
Rushing Yards 50 29
Rush Attempts 9 9
Yards per rush 5.60 3.20
Passing Gross Yards 412 169
Sacks/Yards lost 1/5 0/0
Passing Net Yards 407 169
Comp/Att/Pct 30/39/77% 13/20/65%
Yards per pass 10.20 8.50
Interceptions thrown 0 0
Fumbles lost 1 0
Turnovers 1 0
Penalties/Yards 5/30 6/32
Total Drives 7 7
First downs 20 9
Rushing first downs 3 2
Passing first downs 16 6
Penalty first downs 1 1
Third down (Made/Att/Pct) 4/7/57% 1/6/17%
Fourth down (Made/Att/Pct) 0/0/0% 0/0/0%
Goal to go (Made/Att/Pct) 0/2/0% 0/1/0%
Red Zone (Made/Att/Pct) 0/3/0% 0/1/0%
Touchdowns 3 1
TDs/Rushing 0 0
TDs/Passing 3 1
TDs/Interception 0 0
TDs/Kickoff Return 0 0
TDs/Fumble Return 0 0
TDs/Punt Return 0 0
TDs/Defense/ST 0 0
Safeties 0 0
Extra Points (Made/Att) 3/3 1/1
Field Goals (Made/Att) 2/2 1/1
Two-Point Conv (Made/Att) 0/0 0/0
Kickoffs (Num/EZ/TB) 5/4/4 3/3/3
Punts (Num/Yds) 1/50 4/208
Gross Punting Avg Yds 50.0 52.0
Net Punting Avg Yds 50.0 47.0
Total Rtn Yds (No KOs) 20 0
Punt Returns (Num/Yds) 4/20 0/0
Kickoff Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 1/6
Int Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 0/0
Punts blocked 0 0
FGs/PATs Blocked 0/0 0/0
Timeouts (Rem/Used) 3/0 3/0
Time of Possession 36:47 23:13
Attendance -- 0

CHIEFS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Travis Kelce 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 39.6
Patrick Mahomes 31 41 420 10.2 3 75 0 1 5 132.2
TEAM 31 42 420 10.0 3 75 0 1 5 //

BUCCANEERS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Tom Brady 15 25 222 8.9 1 48 2 0 0 69.1
TEAM 15 25 222 8.9 1 48 2 0 0 //

CHIEFS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 6 16 2.7 0 10
Le'Veon Bell 5 22 4.4 0 10
Patrick Mahomes 1 17 17.0 0 17
TEAM 12 55 4.6 0 17

BUCCANEERS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Ronald Jones II 9 66 7.3 0 34
Leonard Fournette 3 10 3.3 0 6
Tom Brady 1 /1 /1.0 0 /1
TEAM 13 75 5.8 0 34

CHIEFS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Le'Veon Bell 2 10 5.0 0 8 2 12
Mecole Hardman 2 8 4.0 0 5 4 0
Tyreek Hill 12 261 21.8 3 75t 13 81
Travis Kelce 7 79 11.3 0 20 7 28
Patrick Mahomes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Demarcus Robinson 4 33 8.3 0 13 4 10
Sammy Watkins 3 27 9.0 0 14 6 6
Deon Yelder 1 2 2.0 0 2 1 2
TEAM 31 420 13.5 3 75T 38 139

BUCCANEERS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Cameron Brate 1 6 6.0 0 6 2 2
Antonio Brown 2 11 5.5 0 9 3 11
Mike Evans 1 12 12.0 0 12 5 4
Leonard Fournette 1 /4 /4.0 0 /4 1 0
Chris Godwin 3 54 18.0 0 44 4 8
Rob Gronkowski 6 106 17.7 0 48 7 40
Ronald Jones II 1 37 37.0 1 37t 2 33
Scotty Miller 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TEAM 15 222 14.8 1 48 25 98

CHIEFS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Patrick Mahomes 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

BUCCANEERS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Shaquil Barrett 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
William Gholston 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TEAM 0 0 1 0 0 1 0

CHIEFS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Bashaud Breeland 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
Frank Clark 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Danna 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rashad Fenton 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Hitchens 7 3 4 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Chris Jones 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Derrick Nnadi 3 1 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Okafor 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L'Jarius Sneed 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 6 4 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juan Thornhill 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charvarius Ward 3 1 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tershawn Wharton 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Damien Wilson 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 35 17 18 0 0 2 1 3 4 0 0 0

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Shaquil Barrett 2 2 0 1.0 5.0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
Ross Cockrell 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lavonte David 7 6 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Khalil Davis 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Carlton Davis III 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
William Gholston 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Steve McLendon 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sean Murphy/Bunting 5 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Nelson 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Jason Pierre/Paul 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ndamukong Suh 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Devin White 9 7 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Whitehead 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Antoine Winfield Jr. 5 4 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 41 37 4 1 5 0 1 1 6 0 1 1

CHIEFS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
Bashaud Breeland 1 0 0.0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 1 22 22.0 22 0
TEAM 2 22 11.0 22 0

BUCCANEERS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

BUCCANEERS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Justin Watson 1 6 6.0 6 0
TEAM 1 6 6.0 6 0

CHIEFS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 4 20 5.0 12 0
TEAM 4 20 5.0 12 0

BUCCANEERS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Antonio Brown 1 2 2.0 2 0
TEAM 1 2 2.0 2 0

CHIEFS KICKING FGM/FGA PCT LONG XP PTS
Harrison Butker 2/2 100.0 29 3 9
TEAM 2/2 100.0 29 3 9

BUCCANEERS KICKING FGM/FGA PCT LONG XP PTS
Ryan Succop 1/1 100.0 26 1 4
TEAM 1/1 100.0 26 1 4

CHIEFS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Tommy Townsend 3 136 45.3 0 1 54
TEAM 3 136 45.3 0 1 54

BUCCANEERS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Bradley Pinion 4 208 52.0 0 1 62
TEAM 4 208 52.0 0 1 62