Mahomes Shines as Chiefs Beat Broncos, 27-23
Once again, Patrick "Showtime" Mahomes proved he's the real deal. And this time it was against one of the NFL's most talented defenses.
The Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) overcame a 13-point second half deficit in Mile High Stadium Monday night, defeating the Denver Broncos (2-2) 27-23. Two 4th-quarter touchdowns gave the Chiefs control before the Broncos final drive ended on a 4th down failed hook-and-later attempt. The Broncos run game dominated the first half, then Mahomes took over.
The Broncos Run Game
The Broncos running backs Philip Lindsay and Royce Freeman combined for 137 yards and two touchdowns, with most of those yards coming in the first half. Quarterback Case Keenum was consistent when he needed to be, completing 63 percent of his passes for 245 yards. The Broncos led 23-13 early in the 4th, and then... Showtime.
Mahomes has been the story of the NFL through the first three weeks, shredding the Chargers, Steelers and 49ers defenses en route to a record-setting 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. But against the Broncos in Mile High Stadium? That's a different story.
And it sort of was for three quarters. Kansas City scored just 13 points. Mahomes was good, but on the brink of his first loss. In the 4th quarter, No. 15 scrambled all over the field and played backyard catch with his offensive weapons. He tossed a touchdown to Travis Kelce with 6:20 left to play. The Chiefs got the ball back soon after and it was the youngster's first chance at a game-winning 4th quarter drive.
Patty completed three third downs, including one where he scrambled to his left and used his left hand to shovel the ball to Tyreek Hill under duress. The entire drive was a highlight reel. Mahomes was 13-for-16 for 153 yards and the touchdown in the 4th quarter. The drive ended with Kareem Hunt punching it in on the ground.
Mahomes finished the game with 304 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing, one throwing). Still no interceptions. He threw for 192 yards from outside the pocket -- the most by a quarterback in over a decade.
Broncos Failed Hook-and-Lateral
After the Chiefs took the lead with 1:39 to play, Denver marched down the field, converting on a 4th and 11 along the way. With 16 seconds to play and no timeouts inside the red zone, Denver attempted a hook-and-lateral that was broken up mid-pitch. Ball game.