Chiefs news for 30 September 2019
Inside the Chiefs’ locker room, teammates young and old praised Mahomes for his leadership and resilience. Kelce credited Mahomes for rallying the Chiefs before they went on the field for their final drive. In watching the Chiefs’ offense in the final minutes, strong safety Tyrann Mathieu was impressed with Mahomes’ calm demeanor. Schwartz did his best to tell reporters that Mahomes really didn’t care that his statistical line included zero touchdown passes.
Running back LeSean McCoy, a 11-year veteran, said the Chiefs can be a special team this season because of Mahomes’ willingness to always trust his teammates.
“Our MVP, he showed who he was in clutch time,” McCoy said. “He’s a leader, a competitor and a winner. He finds ways to win, no matter what the situation is. He keeps guys motivated and he finishes the job.”
The Chiefs ended up losing a fumble of their own upon taking over on offense, but after the Lions drove it all the way down to Kansas City’s 1-yard line, the defense managed to make yet another play as defensive tackle Xavier Williams punched the ball free from tailback Kerryon Johnson and cornerback Bashaud Breeland returned it 100 yards for a touchdown.
It marked just the fourth 100-yard fumble return for a touchdown in NFL history and the first since 2000, pushing the Chiefs back in front on the scoreboard.
Mahomes was hurried often Sunday. He misfired several passes. His 81.0 quarterback rating ranks as the third worst game of his career. None of it mattered on the final drive, with one leading character utilizing all of his supporting cast.
“In this league, it’s not always going to be pretty. It’s not always going to be 50 points and three-touchdown wins,” Mahomes said. “You have to find a way to win these games against great teams. And so for us, we know that this win of not playing our best football and finding a way to win is going to help us tremendously as we get to the end of the season.”
Patrick Mahomes drove the Chiefs 79 yards in 13 plays and Darrel Williamsmade his second 1-yard touchdown run of the fourth quarter with 20 seconds remaining to give Kansas City a 34-30 triumph at Detroit.
Mahomes completed 24-of-42 passes for 315 yards but went without a touchdown pass for only the fourth time in his career while Detroit’s Matthew Stafford completed 21-of-34 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in a losing cause.
“They found a way to take away some of the stuff we like to do,” Mahomes said. “They hadn’t lost a game for a reason.”
“As a leader on this team, [Mahomes] kept us collected and kept us with one goal in mind, and that’s to get the ball in the end zone no matter how long it takes us to get it there and whether it takes us one play or 16 plays, 20 plays,” tight end Travis Kelce said. “It doesn’t matter. We’re going north and we’re getting the ball in that end zone. I think Pat does an unbelievable job of rallying the troops when we need it the most.”
Mahomes threw for 315 yards while completing 24 of 42 passes. Only three previous times in his career had he gone without a TD throw — twice in the regular season and once in last season’s playoff game against Indianapolis.
Peyton Manning’s record of 15 consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes is also safe, at least for now.
However, Mahomes, 24, did become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to lead his team to multiple 4-0 starts before his 25th birthday.
1. Even when Patrick Mahomes doesn’t have his best day, the gunslinger always gives the Chiefs a chance to win. The reigning NFL MVP led a game-winning drive on the road, silencing a raucous Detroit crowd. Mahomes used his legs to pick up several huge first downs late, and found soft holes in the Lions defense, which was only rushing two and three defenders much of the final drive. In his first-ever NFL start in a dome, Mahomes was just a tad off on his deep shots all afternoon, missing a bevy of bombs by a hair. The normally dive-bombing signal-caller generated no completions of 20-plus-air yards on the day. Mahomes came in with 14 straight games with two or more passing TDs. Matt Patricia’s defense held him out of the end zone, but Mahomes made enough plays between the 20s and K.C. ran for three TDs, including Darrel Williams‘ game-winning score. Sunday was a reminder that even when the Chiefs (4-0) don’t have their best day, and can’t hit the deep shots, Mahomes can still find a way to get a W.
Patrick Mahomes can impact a game even when he isn’t throwing touchdown passes. His impact on the win over the Lions happened in a different way. Mahomes served notice to opponents who play a lot of man-to-man coverage that he’s willing to run. His 15-yard scramble on fourth down was the biggest play of the winning touchdown drive. “On the final drive, he made every play we needed him to,” Chiefs tackle Mitchell Schwartzsaid. “He won’t play a game where he’s not the most important player on the field. It doesn’t matter what the stats show.” — Adam Teicher
Next game: vs. Indianapolis (8:20 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 6)