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Chiefs hand loss to Arizona Cardinals; Mahomes breaks franchise record

Tristan Allen, Editor-in-Chief

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Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs quarterback, set the franchise record for most passing touchdowns in a season and also helped Kansas City defeat the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium 26-14.

Mahomes passed for his 31st touchdown on the season, breaking the franchise record 30 touchdowns set by Len Dawson, former quarterback, in 1964. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs wide receiver and the player who received the touchdown, celebrated this by hijacking a CBS camera. He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

However, Mahomes broke his eight-game streak of passing for more than 300 yards, passing only for 249 yards on Sunday, which was a career low. He might have been able to keep this up if Sammy Watkins, Chiefs wide receiver, was not afflicted with a foot injury for the game.

In total, Mahomes threw for 249 yards, two touchdowns and went 21 for 28 in passing. He also had 21 rushing yards on four carries.

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals wide receiver, passed Terrell Owens, former wide receiver, for second on the all-time receiving yards list.

Hill received for 117 yards on seven receptions. Travis Kelce, Chiefs tight end, only received for 46 yards.

Kareem Hunt, Chiefs running back, had a total of 96 scrimmage yards: 71 rushing yards and 25 receiving yards on 16 carries and two receptions.

The offensive lines of both teams had weak performances. Both teams sacked the other five times each. Chris Jones, defensive end, had two sacks and forced a fumble while Dee Ford, outside linebacker; Ron Parker, cornerback; and Allen Bailey, defensive end, had one sack each.

David Johnson, Cardinals running back, had a big game against the Chiefs’ defense: he had 98 rushing yards on 21 carries and 85 receiving yards on seven receptions. He led the game with 183 total scrimmage yards.

Justin Houston, outside linebacker, recorded an interception in his return after a hamstring injury. Steven Nelson, cornerback, also recorded an interception.

Watkins and Anthony Hitchens, linebacker, are expected to return in Kansas City’s next game against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, which was moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles on Tuesday due to poor field conditions.

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