That was definitely a get-right game.
The Chiefs got the ball first looking to finally get going this season, and while they did pick up a first down to Kelce, drops by Justyn Ross and Rashee Rice showed that the receiver group still had room to grow, and they were forced to punt, which was a beauty by Townsend that bounced out of bounds at the 3. The Bears got some breathing room the first play where I thought they should have called a safety on a hold on Karlaftis but it wasn’t called. But eventually Mike Danna destroyed the guard and force Fields into a Tranquill/Karlaftis split sack. The ensuing punt was returned by Montrell Washington to the Chiefs 41.
The offense finally found it’s footing on the next drive as Mahomes found Kelce and Skyy Moore for big gains on back-to-back plays to start the drive, and then a 10 yard scramble set up first and goal on the 3, and unnecessary roughness on a Pacheco run made it 1st and 1 yard to go, then a false start made it 1st and 6 to go. After an incompletion to Kelce the classic Reid flip play to McKinnon scored the TD to put the Chiefs up 7-0 early.
The next Bears drive started similar to the first, where they picked up a first down on a play that should have had a drive-killing penalty, this time snapping the ball well after the play clock hit 0. Fields also had a long run that was the basis of the offseason hype. But of course the drive ended on the reason people like me were skeptical of him, a Chris Jones sack on 3rd down. The Chiefs ended the 1st quarter moving the ball a little bit with CEH, but facing a 3rd and 2 on their own 39.
The 2nd quarter started with another easy completion to Kelce to pick up the 1st down. After a big 3rd down pickup on a checkdown to McKinnon, Mahomes found Rashee Rice short over the middle was just short of the endzone (it was called back on review), setting up 1st and goal on the 1. It only took one play for CEH to find the endzone and the Chiefs went up 14-0.
When the Bears got the ball back they were desperate to score and keep the game close, and Fields managed to have a nice play by rolling out of the pocket and finding a receiver on what looked like a bit of a busted play. But one nice play a successful drive does not make, and they were forced to punt shortly after. The punt return was a bit awkward, with every Chiefs getting in Washington’s way, setting the Chiefs up on the 12. A couple plays into the drive Mahomes threw a beautiful ball to Justin Watson on the sideline for 37 yards. The next play was a trick play double lateral that looked cool but only gained 9 yards. They then rode Pacheco down to the Chicago 3, which led to another touchdown for McKinnon on the short pass to give the Chiefs a dominating 21-0 lead.
The Bears got the ball back with 3 minutes left in the half now absolutely desperate to do something positive. Instead they fumble and gave the Chiefs the ball on the 26 yard line. I guess they managed to get Pacheco for a 4 yard loss on the next play, so that technically counts as positive? It did lead to the Chiefs having to settle for a field goal, so I guess keeping it to 24-0 is something.
Now with under 2 minutes left and all 3 timeouts the Bears had another chance to go into halftime with points. When it rains it pours as Fields found DJ Moore deep with a perfect pass but Moore couldn’t haul it in. That hurt extra bad as the very next play Justin Reid tipped the pass and Mike Edwards got the interception, so instead it was yet again an opportunity for the Chiefs to score instead. Rashee Rice got a couple receptions to set up a 1st and 1 on the goal line and Pacheco finished it off to put the Chiefs up 31-0.
Now 1:06 left and 2 timeouts the Bears yet again had a chance to put points on the board before halftime. But the drive went nowhere and they were forced to punt after just 3 plays, which was an improvement. Washington had another nice return, and shockingly they decided to get more points. It looked like Mahomes found MVS for a deep touchdown but the refs called Taylor for illegal formation (wrongly in my opinion) to take it off the board. Even worse Mahomes got his ankle twisted on the next play, but he was able to stay in the game. Regardless they got into field goal range, and it was 34-0 at half.
The Bears got the ball to start the final half, and 3 plays later they were giving the ball back to the Chiefs. Reid decided to send Mahomes back out, and he found MVS deep once again for 37 yards but this time it counted (possible because Jawaan Taylor was benched so he couldn’t be targeted by the refs). Unusually they didn’t take their foot off the gas at all and a facemask on a Pacheco run eventually set up a 1st and goal on the 1, and Mahomes found Kelce after a couple plays to give FOX an excuse to show Taylor Swift and put the Chiefs up 41-0.
The game was suddenly in “Let’s all talk about Taylor Swift instead of the game” mode as the Bears continued to look for a way to get some sort of offense going. They did move the ball a little bit, but a desperation 4th down pass was long and the Chiefs got the ball on the Bears 40. The ultimate insult was that, with almost a full third of the game left to go, the Chiefs put in Blaine Gabbert. That turned out to be the key for the Bears as he immediately threw a pick and the return gave the Bears their best chance to score all game as Fields got the ball on the Chiefs’ 28 yard line. They moved the ball down to set up a 1st and goal on the 7 to end the quarter.
A couple plays into the 4th quarter Willie Gay accidentally punched Justin Fields in the face and he was forced to leave the field with a possible concussion. It set up a 4th down, and the Bears kicked the field goal just so they could say they scored some points, making it 41-3.
Since the 4th quarter was just killing time at this point I want to share a tweet I saw at this point in the game that I thought was funny.
Oh and this is one after the Broncos allowed the Dolphins to put up a modern NFL record 70 points.
Anyway, the offense managed to put together a nice drive with Gabbert, highlighted by Gabbert finding Rashee Rice to convert a 3rd and 12. But then a couple plays later Rice had a classic drop that led to Gabbert’s 2nd pick. The Bears responded with their best drive of the game, where DJ Moore had a fantastic catch for 29 yards and topped it with a 9 yard touchdown pass to make it 41-10.
The Chiefs finished off the game with a couple runs and some Gabbert kneels and the game was over, Chiefs win!