Mahomes leads Chiefs in late game drive to win against Broncos

Tristan Allen, Editor

The Kansas City Chiefs rallied for a comeback win after being down 10 points in the fourth quarter on an Oct. 1 Monday Night Football matchup against the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos started the game off with a 42-yard field goal from Brandon McManus, Broncos kicker. Harrison Butker, Chiefs kicker, made a 33-yard field goal to even the score. This was the first time this season the Chiefs did not score a touchdown on their opening drive or in the first quarter altogether.

Patrick Mahomes, quarterback, ran the ball for an eight-yard touchdown to start the second quarter. Royce Freeman, Broncos running back, rushed for a 14-yard touchdown and the Broncos made a 34-yard field goal afterwards to go into halftime with a 13-10 lead over the Chiefs.

Butker tied the gamewith a field goal to start the second half. Eric Murray, cornerback, intercepted a pass from Case Keenum, Broncos quarterback. The Chiefs were not able to produce anything in the following drive. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos running back, made a one-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter.

McManus kicked and made a 46-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter, putting the Chiefs at a 10-point deficit.This was the first time Kansas City entered the fourth quarter with a deficit. Mahomes passed to Travis Kelce, tight end, for a two-yard touchdown. Kareem Hunt, running back, made a four-yard rushing touchdown to give Kansas City a four-point lead over Denver. The Chiefs’ defense forced the Broncos into a turnover on downs during Denver’s final drive to secure the Chiefs’ win.

Mahomes completed 28 of his 45 passes for 304 yards and made one touchdown pass. He still leads the league in passing touchdowns (14) and in the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network’s (ESPN) total quarterback rating (87.7). Mahomes still has not thrown an interception in the season.

Mahomes had a rough first half, but he proved in the fourth quarter that he is able to be clutch, converting on several third downs and one fourth down despite losing significant yardage on several plays.

The Chiefs’ rushing offense wasmediocre, rushing for 142 yards on 26 carries, mainly led by Hunt, who tallied 121 yards on 19 carries.

Kelce had a hard time on Monday receiving the ball. While he did lead the game with 78 yards received, he only caught seven of 12 passes targeted at him.

The Chiefs are doing better at hogging the ball throughout the game. They held the ball for over 10 minutes more than the Broncos, went seven for 15 on third down conversions, and made both of their two fourth down conversions.

Kansas City’s defense was sad, especially against the rushing offense. Lindsay and Freeman had 69 and 67 yards respectively, partially due to the fact that Kansas City defensive line left big holes open in the line of scrimmage for them to run through.This might not have been too bad if Dee Ford, linebacker, played in the whole game. If the Broncos kept running a rush offense late in the fourth quarter, they would have won the game.

On the upside, the Chiefs’ defense did record one interception and forced a turnover on downs late in the game after Keenum nearly completed a crucial pass to Courtland Sutton, wide receiver, but was ruled incomplete after what looked like a fumble recovered by Justin Houston, linebacker.

Sammy Watkins, wide receiver, suffered a hamstring injury in the first half, putting him out of the game. Ford was listed as questionable due to a groin injury and did not play for long.

Eric Berry, safety, was still listed as questionable, and news broke about Berry having a Haglund’s deformity: a bone spur which presses on the Achilles. This usually does not require surgery, but this can take weeks to recover from. It is unknown which foot the bone spur is on, but it is possible that it is on the same foot that he suffered an Achilles tear from last year.