Sunday, December 5, 2021

Mahomes, Chiefs bounce back to beat Washington 31-13

LANDOVER, Md. (NWN) — Teammates approached Patrick Mahomes after his second interception in the first half of what was probably the worst time of his NFL career. He asked her to remain herself.

Mahomes found himself on the cheap in engineering three touchdown drives in the second half, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 31-13 comeback win in Washington on Sunday that brought them back to .500.

“In the second half, I kept doing stuff,” said Mahomes, who threw 397 yards and two touchdowns. “I kept throwing things at my body and doing all sorts of things because I know those people believe in me, and I stay like that and fight till the end.”

Reversing his seventh and eighth picks of the season, Mahomes shared a tie with Tyrek Hill. 2-yard touchdown Late in the third trimester. He put the game out of reach for DeMarcus Robinson with a 24-yard pass, with 3:14 remaining in the fourth period.

In the middle, new starting back Darrell Williams raced to his second TD of the game to help avoid an embarrassing loss to Kansas City (3-3).

“We just did better,” Mahomes said. “Friends trusted each other, believed in each other, and we were able to find a way to win.”

Defense The ending also played its part, holding an opponent for the first time this season on less than 29 points, forcing a fumble and sealing Taylor Heinicke for the win. Washington (2-4) finished with 276 yards and had his lowest points of the season.

“We didn’t handle adversity in the second half the way we needed to,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said. “When you have the opportunity, you have to take advantage of it. And we didn’t.”

The Chiefs toyed with disaster for most of the first half, rolling the ball three times: a ball that swung from Hill’s hands, a fumble by receiver Mecole Hardman, and an inexplicable pile by Mahomes. They trailed 13-10 at halftime before things started clicking aggressively.

Kansas City has now scored an NFL-worst 14 turnovers this season, a worrying trend for the current AFC champions.

“We have to get out of this cycle,” said coach Andy Reid. “I’m not sure I’ve been around many people, but we’re here, so that needs to change. But we were headed in the right direction in the second half.”

Unlike the Ravens, Chargers and Bills losses, the offense made up for the giveaway. Mahomes was 32 of 47 through the air, reaching for 31 yards and leading touchdown drives of 95, 68, 45 and 96 yards.

“The way we did it, even if it wasn’t good in the first half, hopefully it gets us rolling,” Mahomes said. “How this season went and the adversity we have dealt with could have spiraled. “But I thought guys, it was very hard mentally to go back and go to war.”

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hot mic complaint

Rivera was caught complaining to officials over a heated microphone in the dungeon minutes of the game. Rivera can be heard uttering the offensive line and using a slur to say that he doesn’t care.

the problem of punishment

Washington’s defense that forced three turnovers in the first half later gifted Kansas City points due to poor penalties.

Pass Rusher Montez’s sweat was flagged with the chiefs in the red zone for negating a third-down stop on the drive, ending with Mahomes to Hill TD. Linebacker Khleke Hudson took a holding penalty in the end zone to set up Williams’ second score.

“It’s one that I think slipped through our fingers a little bit,” said Chase Young, defensive rookie of the year. “The first half we were solid, reaching quarterbacks, forcing turnovers. We’ve got to see that.”

Taylor’s number retired

Washington retired at halftime after late safety Sean Taylor’s number 21 was criticized by the team. by alumni and fans for not announcing the tribute until Thursday. Members of Taylor’s family attended a pregame ceremony naming the road leading to the stadium after him, and a framed burgundy jersey surrounded the field when his number was retired.

Team president Jason Wright issued a public apology for complicating the situation and not giving enough notice to those wishing to attend a tribute to Taylor, a beloved figure in franchise history, who had one at his Florida home in 2007. Was murdered during a failed burglary attempt.

Several fans chanted his name while holding “21” towels in Taylor jerseys as the festivities came to an end.

injuries

Chiefs: TE Jody Fortsson was shut down in the third quarter with a torn Achilles tendon. … LB Anthony Hitchens injured his right elbow on a hit in the second period, which was marked for unnecessary roughness. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. … LG Joe Thuney played the second game in a row with a broken right hand.

Washington: RB Antonio Gibson was ruled out due to a calf injury he was playing with, but returned after a brief absence. … WR Curtis Samuel (groin), WR Cam Sims (hamstring), RG Brandon Sherf (knee) and RT Sam Cosmi (ankle) were inactive.

next

Chief: Visit the Tennessee Titans next Sunday.

Washington: Visit Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers next Sunday.

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