KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid stepped to the rostrum and tried to place a optimistic spin on the sport, then quarterback Patrick Mahomes and security Tyrann Mathieu took their turns behind the microphone with morose seems to be upon their faces.
You’d have thought the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs simply misplaced the Tremendous Bowl.
Not overwhelmed the New England Patriots by greater than two touchdowns.
Such is the excessive commonplace they’ve set for themselves. Even on an evening during which they shut down the Patriots offense — albeit lacking quarterback Cam Newton, operating again Sony Michel and half their offensive line — and had constructed a cushion by the ultimate minutes, the Chiefs have been nonetheless removed from content material with their 26-10 victory on Monday evening.
“Early within the recreation we have been transferring the ball the best way we needed to maneuver it. We have been doing stuff the fitting means and we couldn’t work out methods to get ultimately zone, after which they clearly received some stops there within the center,” Mahomes stated, “however I’m pleased with how the fellows fought on the finish of the sport. That recreation simply may’ve went the opposite course. That they had loads of the momentum, the protection made some stops and we have been capable of rating at any time when it counted.”
Certainly, the Chiefs managed simply six factors within the first half. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce have been blanketed by a gifted New England secondary. Kansas Metropolis misplaced the time-of-possession recreation, had 4 penalties at inopportune occasions, fumbled the ball away within the crimson zone and nonetheless led simply 13-10 early within the fourth quarter.
However the Chiefs are nothing if not resilient. That is largely the identical workforce, in spite of everything, that rallied from double-digit deficits in every of its three playoff video games final season to win its first Lombardi Trophy in 50 years.
Mahomes instantly answered the Patriots’ solely landing of the sport by engineering a nine-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in Mecole Hardman’s landing catch. And when Mathieu was completely positioned to intercept a tipped go and return it for a landing, the Chiefs have been on their solution to turning into the primary workforce to start out 4-0 in 4 straight years.
“I just like the struggle within the guys. They don’t get down,” Reid stated. “Each play is just not going to be a terrific play, however they don’t flinch on it. They study from it after which they create it the subsequent time. That turns into an vital ingredient all through a season.”
The Chiefs’ secondary held fill-in quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham to twenty of 37 for 190 yards with a landing and three interceptions. The Chiefs did it with out cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who wrapped up his four-game suspension, and L’Jarius Sneed, their gifted rookie who broke his collarbone the earlier week in Baltimore.
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The Chiefs lastly received their floor recreation going within the fourth quarter, however Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams have been stuffed a lot of the evening. They wound up operating 25 occasions for simply 94 yards as a workforce.
Mathieu has been the steadying presence within the defensive backfield all season, however he actually shined Monday evening. He had an interception ultimately zone taken away by a questionable go interference name, then lastly received a decide later within the recreation, when he returned it for the clinching landing.
“It’s cool any time you’ll be able to rating factors defensively, particularly for myself. I don’t at all times get within the stat sheet,” stated Mathieu, who hadn’t scored since 2015 with Arizona. “Simply do my finest to be in the fitting place and do my job.”
Harrison Butker has struggled after kicking the successful 58-yard area aim in additional time towards the Chargers. He missed his solely field-goal attempt towards Baltimore and missed a PAT for the second straight recreation towards New England.
Defensive sort out Chris Jones tried to heat up Monday evening, however was inactive due to a groin damage. He was later joined on the sideline by defensive finish Mike Danna, who harm his hamstring in the course of the recreation.
13 — That’s the variety of video games the Chiefs have gained since shedding at Tennessee in Week 10 of final season. It’s the longest general win streak in franchise historical past, and the ten straight regular-season wins are the second most.
The Patriots recreation, which was delayed at some point by optimistic COVID-19 checks, was the beginning of three video games throughout an 11-day stretch. The Chiefs welcome the Raiders on Sunday earlier than heading to Buffalo the next Thursday evening.
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