Patrick Mahomes led a game-winning 79-yard touchdown drive on Sunday in Detroit to help the Chiefs remain unbeaten on the season. Mahomes kept the drive alive with a 15-yard run on fourth-and-8 from the Chiefs 34.
Mahomes then hit Travis Kelce for 18 yards to put Kansas City in field goal range, but the Chiefs would not settle for three. On second-and-10 from the Detroit 16, Mahomes hit Byron Pringle for 13 yards to get the Chiefs to the three yard line. From there, Darrel Williams ran for two yards and then scored the go ahead touchdown from one yard out with :20 second to play.
Mahomes finished the day 24-of-42 for 315 yards, failing to throw a touchdown for the first time in 2019. Mahomes also ran for a career-high 56 yards on Sunday.
The Lions showed why the entered the game undefeated and had a great game plan against the Chiefs. The Detroit defense kept Mahomes and the Chiefs offense from hitting on big plays all day, but in the end, Mahomes showed why he is the MVP.
Here are the five biggest things we saw in Sunday’s 34-30 win for the Kansas City Chiefs over the Detroit Lions.
1. Patrick Mahomes will not be denied
Patrick Mahomes would be the first to tell you that Sunday was not his best game, but when it mattered most he was flawless. The MVP orchestrated a beautiful game-winning drive in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to give the Chiefs a 34-30 victory.
Mahomes went 6-of-9 for 55 yards and ran for another 16 yards on Kansas City’s final drive. Fifteen of those rushing yards came on a fourth-and-8 from his own 34 yard line to keep the drive alive.
2. Bashaud Breeland is a heads-up hero
Breeland made one of the plays of the year for the Chiefs defense, recovering a fumble in the end zone and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown. Breeland snuck in when it looked like the play was over and calmly picked up the ball. Then he got up and ran it back for a touchdown.
The touchdown put the Chiefs up 20-13 midway through the third quarter and proved to be huge. If the Lions score, Kansas City would have trailed by seven and could have lost the game.
3. The Honey Badger had his “Welcome to KC” moment
Kansas City fans have been clamoring for Tyrann Mathieu to make a big play for the Chiefs. Sunday, that big play came in the fourth quarter. Mathieu blew through the line untouched on a safety blitz, sacking Matthew Stafford to end a Lions drive. The sack came on the drive after the Chiefs had taken a 27-23 lead over the Lions.
Mathieu finished with six tackles and that big sack on Sunday. On the season, he has 15 tackles and a sack.
4. Travis Kelce is tricky
Travis Kelce had another solid game for the Chiefs, finishing with seven catches for 85 yards. Kelce caught seven of the eight passes that came his way, but it was what he did on the first play of the fourth quarter that dropped jaws across the league.
Patrick Mahomes was running to his right and threw back across his body to Kelce for a first down. Kelce caught the pass and lateraled it back to LeSean McCoy who ran for another 20+ yards.
That play set up a Chiefs touchdown to give them a 27-23 lead over Detroit.
5. Yes, the Chiefs need Tyreek Hill
The Chiefs had their worst offensive game of the season on Sunday. For the first time this season, Tyreek Hill’s presence was noticeably missed on the field, which is amazing considering it’s week four.
Let’s not act like the offense was bad. They still put up 430+ yards and scored 34 points, but Kansas City fans are spoiled. They expected Madden-like numbers weekly, but the Lions defense was able to limit the big play.
You have to imagine things might have been easier for the Chiefs with No. 10 lining up out there on Sunday. Luckily for Chiefs fans, Hill was spotted running routes at what looked like 100% on Sunday in pregame.
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