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Final score: Chiefs win unlikely thriller over Falcons 17-14

It came down to the wire, but Kansas City once again found a way to win.

Atlanta Falcons v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense took the field late in the fourth quarter down by four points. If that does not sound familiar, then this will: two and a half minutes later, Kansas City had the lead for good.

Mahomes fired the ball deep down the field, hitting wide receiver Demarcus Robinson for a 25-yard touchdown. Then Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo missed a 39-yard field goal with less than 10 seconds in the game, giving the Chiefs a 17-14 win.

The win improved the club to 14-1 and clinched the No. 1 seed (and lone bye week) in the AFC playoffs. The Falcons dropped to 4-11 in the loss.

Mahomes finished 24 of 44 for 278 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the victory. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 27 of 35 for 300 yards and two touchdowns.

A matchup between two high-powered offenses began with five straight possessions ending in punts. With the game tied at 0 midway through the second quarter, the Chiefs faced fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 26. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid called a trick play, with Sammy Watkins as the passer and Mahomes as the receiver.

Falcons safety Keanu Neal was not fooled and tracked Mahomes to the goal line, where he picked off Watkins. Ryan took over at his own 2, and the Falcons running backs pushed Atlanta out to their 35, where Ryan found wide receiver Calvin Ridley for a 54-yard strike. Two plays later, Ryan shoveled a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hayden Hurst.

Trailing by 7-0 with a few minutes remaining in the second quarter, Mahomes and Reid used the four-minute offense to quickly get down the field. With 30 seconds left in the half, Mahomes tied the game at 7 when he hit Travis Kelce for a 4-yard touchdown.

The Chiefs threatened to go ahead early in the third quarter at the Atlanta 7-yard line, but Mahomes threw an interception into the hands of linebacker Foyesade Oluokun. Oluokun nearly had a lane to run it back for a pick-six, but Tyreek Hill chased him down. Back-to-back sacks of Ryan by Frank Clark and Chris Jones put a scoring opportunity out of reach.

Kicker Harrison Butker kicked a 53-yard field goal to put the Chiefs up 10-7 early in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons took back the lead when Ryan connected with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell on a 5-yard touchdown pass.


Injuries

  • After a one-game absence, offensive lineman Mike Remmers started the game at right tackle. Andrew Wylie moved back to the right guard position along the line.
  • Linebacker Ben Niemann left the game in the second quarter due to a hamstring injury.
  • Wide receiver Sammy Watkins left the game in the fourth quarter due to a calf injury.
  • Daniel Kilgore replaced Austin Reiter in the fourth quarter when Reiter appeared shaken up.

Special teams

  • Chiefs punter Tommy Townsend pinned the Falcons inside the 20-yard line on three of his four punts.

Rapid reaction

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Statistics

CATEGORY ATL KC
Total Yards 367 395
Total Plays 62 66
Yards per play 5.9 6.0
Rushing Yards 90 117
Rush Attempts 23 21
Yards per rush 3.90 5.60
Passing Gross Yards 300 278
Sacks/Yards lost 4/23 0/0
Passing Net Yards 277 278
Comp/Att/Pct 27/35/77% 24/45/53%
Yards per pass 7.10 6.20
Interceptions thrown 0 2
Fumbles lost 1 0
Turnovers 1 2
Penalties/Yards 7/45 6/41
Total Drives 10 10
First downs 23 23
Rushing first downs 4 9
Passing first downs 17 14
Penalty first downs 2 0
Third down (Made/Att/Pct) 6/12/50% 5/13/38%
Fourth down (Made/Att/Pct) 0/0/0% 1/2/50%
Goal to go (Made/Att/Pct) 1/1/100% 1/2/50%
Red Zone (Made/Att/Pct) 2/2/100% 1/2/50%
Touchdowns 2 2
TDs/Rushing 0 0
TDs/Passing 2 2
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) 2/2 2/2
Field Goals (Made/Att) 0/1 1/1
Two-Point Conv (Made/Att) 0/0 0/0
Kickoffs (Num/EZ/TB) 3/2/2 4/4/4
Punts (Num/Yds) 5/222 4/165
Gross Punting Avg Yds 44.4 41.3
Net Punting Avg Yds 40.4 41.3
Total Rtn Yds (No KOs) 51 20
Punt Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 4/20
Kickoff Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 1/21
Int Returns (Num/Yds) 2/51 0/0
Punts blocked 0 0
FGs/PATs Blocked 0/0 0/0
Timeouts (Rem/Used) 2/1 3/0
Time of Possession 33:12 26:48
Attendance -- 13,470

CHIEFS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Sammy Watkins 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0.0
Patrick Mahomes 24 44 278 6.3 2 31 1 0 0 79.5
TEAM 24 45 278 6.2 2 31 2 0 0 //

FALCONS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Matt Ryan 24 28 258 9.2 2 54 0 4 23 128.9
TEAM 24 28 258 9.2 2 54 0 4 23 //

CHIEFS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Darrel Williams 10 46 4.6 0 11
Le'Veon Bell 7 30 4.3 0 11
Patrick Mahomes 2 22 11.0 0 13
Mecole Hardman 1 20 20.0 0 20
TEAM 20 118 5.9 0 20

FALCONS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Ito Smith 10 46 4.6 0 14
Brian Hill 7 36 5.1 0 17
Todd Gurley II 3 14 4.7 0 6
Calvin Ridley 1 /7 /7.0 0 /7
Matt Ryan 1 /1 /1.0 0 /1
TEAM 22 88 4.0 0 17

CHIEFS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Le'Veon Bell 1 9 9.0 0 9 3 13
Mecole Hardman 3 24 8.0 0 11 6 6
Tyreek Hill 4 65 16.3 0 31 6 54
Travis Kelce 7 98 14.0 1 29 13 39
Patrick Mahomes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Demarcus Robinson 2 29 14.5 1 25t 2 0
Sammy Watkins 2 14 7.0 0 9 4 6
Darrel Williams 4 27 6.8 0 13 6 41
Deon Yelder 1 12 12.0 0 12 1 8
TEAM 24 278 11.6 2 31 42 167

FALCONS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Russell Gage 3 11 3.7 0 9 3 11
Todd Gurley II 3 34 11.3 0 26 3 8
Brian Hill 3 25 8.3 0 17 3 23
Hayden Hurst 5 47 9.4 1 17 5 10
Brandon Powell 1 2 2.0 0 2 2 1
Calvin Ridley 3 100 33.3 0 54 5 64
Ito Smith 1 5 5.0 0 5 1 5
Keith Smith 2 14 7.0 0 7 2 7
Luke Stocker 1 9 9.0 0 9 1 8
Laquon Treadwell 2 11 5.5 1 6 2 1
TEAM 24 258 10.8 2 54 27 138

CHIEFS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Willie Gay 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Darius Harris 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Tyreek Hill 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ben Niemann 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Alex Okafor 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TEAM 0 0 4 0 0 1 0

FALCONS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Foyesade Oluokun 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Powell 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Ryan 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ito Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 4 1 0 1 0 0 0

CHIEFS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Frank Clark 2 2 0 1.0 9.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Omari Cobb 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Danna 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Willie Gay 8 7 1 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Darius Harris 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Tyreek Hill 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Chris Jones 1 1 0 1.0 3.0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Tanoh Kpassagnon 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Niemann 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Derrick Nnadi 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Okafor 2 2 0 1.0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Mike Pennel 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L'Jarius Sneed 7 6 1 1.0 10.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 7 7 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charvarius Ward 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 47 45 2 4 23 0 5 1 9 0 4 1

FALCONS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Ricardo Allen 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Cominsky 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tyeler Davison 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charles Harris 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grady Jarrett 3 1 2 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Deion Jones 8 8 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steven Means 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Keanu Neal 5 5 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Sharrod Neasman 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Isaiah Oliver 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Foyesade Oluokun 6 4 2 0.0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Matt Ryan 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kendall Sheffield 8 6 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
A.J. Terrell 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jacob Tuioti/Mariner 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Mykal Walker 3 1 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 46 34 12 0 0 2 1 4 5 0 0 1

CHIEFS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

FALCONS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
Keanu Neal 1 0 0.0 0 0
Foyesade Oluokun 1 51 51.0 51 0
TEAM 2 51 25.5 51 0

CHIEFS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 1 21 21.0 21 0
TEAM 1 21 21.0 21 0

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

CHIEFS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 4 20 5.0 11 0
TEAM 4 20 5.0 11 0

FALCONS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS KICKING FGM/FGA PCT LONG XP PTS
Harrison Butker 1/1 100.0 53 2 5
TEAM 1/1 100.0 53 2 5

FALCONS KICKING FGM/FGA PCT LONG XP PTS
TEAM 0/0 0.0 0 0 0

CHIEFS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Tommy Townsend 4 165 41.3 0 3 58
TEAM 4 165 41.3 0 3 58

FALCONS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Sterling Hofrichter 5 222 44.4 0 2 50
TEAM 5 222 44.4 0 2 50