Talk about a case of two halves.
The first half in the nation’s capital was very reminiscent of what the Kansas City Chiefs have been this season — a team that consistently turns the football over.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill dropped a routine ball near the goal line that led to an interception, wide receiver Mecole Hardman fumbled and quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw the worst interception of his career — all before halftime.
“He admitted it — it’s too much,” said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid as he spoke about Mahomes’ second interception. “Not that he had to admit. It was pretty obvious what was going on.”
The second half was a completely different story. Mahomes led the Chiefs to 21 second-half points without any turnovers. Still, the quarterback described what happened on the second-quarter mishap after the game.
“First off, I dropped the snap trying to get out of there too fast to get it to Darrel (Williams),” said Mahomes. “Then I picked it up was going to try to run outside and saw [Travis Kelce], and then the rest you can kind of see. It was bad, but you got to bounce back in this league. It’s going to look bad.
“It’ll probably be on (ESPN’s) ‘C’mon, Man!’ or something like that, but you got to find ways to win games at the end of the day. The defense got a stop, we were able to go out there and score in the second half and bounce back.”
It would have been easy for this Chiefs team to doubt itself. However, that clearly wasn’t the case, considering how they came out after meeting in the halftime locker room.
“I think guys just had to dig deep at the end of the day,” said Mahomes. “Obviously, the first half didn’t go the way we wanted it to. I think the defense did a great job of keeping us in the game — and in the second half, we just executed better. Guys relied on each other, believed in each other, and we were able to find a way to get a win.”
The second-half version of the Chiefs Sunday is what we all expected it would look like before the season — and that’s a championship-caliber team on both sides of the ball.
Yes, it was just Washington, but it was still encouraging to see they’re capable of playing mistake-free football. Well, at least for a half.
Nonetheless, Reid is confident in this bunch moving forward.
“We’re going to get it turned around — and then it’ll be a pretty nice picture,” he said.