Chiefs news for 14 January 2020
Clark’s drive to get back up and charge once more into the fray over and over isn’t something that’s easy to quantify. It’s not like strength, speed and technique, all of which Clark is blessed with. But it matters, and that showed up repeatedly against Houston when Clark refused to let Watson get comfortable while trying to keep up with Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense. In a game also featuring defensive stars J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, Clark was far and away the best pass rusher on the field. It was one of the major differences as the game unfolded, and helped prevent it from turning into a shootout.
Clark’s impact wasn’t limited to plays he brought Watson to the ground. He also pressured Watson off his spot and into hurried throws multiple times throughout the game in crucial spots, including a crucial 4th down with 11:45 left in the game (see the full video here).
The Kansas City Chiefs are once again the favorites to win the Super Bowl, with the San Francisco 49ers right on their heels.
The Chiefs are the favorites at 11-10 as of Monday morning at Caesars Sportsbook. The 49ers are next at 7-5, followed by the Tennessee Titans at 15-2 and Green Bay Packers at 17-2.
Patrick Mahomes — big surprise there. The Chiefs quarterback is finally healthy after dealing with a sprained ankle and dislocated kneecap this season, and it showed in his performance against Houston. He became the first player in history to throw for at least 300 yards, run for at least 50 and throw five touchdown passes in a single playoff game.
7. Blake Bell found the end zone for the first time this season
Mahomes found Bell for an 8-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to extend the Chiefs’ lead, marking Bell’s first touchdown of the season.
Bell was the third player to find the end zone in the game for Kansas City, joining Kelce and Williams.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes will meet to negotiate a contract extension that will make him the highest paid quarterback in the league. (video)
“We got ahead of him and that is what you really didn’t want to do,” Phillips said in that 2017 interview [Sporting Note: Phillips is referencing the Bills playing against Dan Marino in 1995]. “He threw it 64 times in the game! You talk about wringing your hands and so forth. He could throw it long, he could throw it short, he could just throw it. Maybe the most gifted quarterback we ever played against.”
Mahomes is in that category now. This season, the Chiefs were already the pass-happiest team in the NFL by several measures, including on early downs in the first 28 minutes of games, before clock and score differential typically influence play calling. When a series of unusual acts conspired to give Houston such a large lead, Kansas City was freed from any convention at all. Mahomes was going to throw the ball over and over and over.
Reid is one of eight coaches with 200 wins, seventh all-time and a bad season away from passing Paul Brown. But he has, famously, never won a Super Bowl, and that fact is repeated so frequently, and with such blunt force, that it began to feel vindictive years ago.
“I think everyone who has an understanding of him over the past 20 years understands there’s one thing he hasn’t done,” Schwartz said. “It would be really special to be able to do that.” Schwartz pointedly refused to identify “that,” before saying, “This team does a really good job of not looking too far ahead and just focusing on the moment. Obviously, being able to come back like we did today shows a resilience that speaks to that. And I think he [Reid] is a big part of that. I don’t think the plays he called got magically better in the second quarter. He just kept trusting us. You see coaches get conservative and shut it down but he always stays aggressive. We feed off his ability to be positive with that. He’s always on attack as a playcaller and a person — he just attacks everything. That definitely translates.”
On Monday, CBS Sports’ PR arm tweeted out viewership numbers from Sunday’s Houston Texans-Kansas City Chiefs game on its network.
According to CBS, the AFC game had 35.396 million viewers, up 21 percent from last year’s Los Angeles Chargers-Patriots game, which New England won, 41-28.