Patrick Mahomes threw three touchdown passes and for gains of 258 yards, helping the Kansas City Chiefs crush the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-10 on Sunday.
The Chiefs (11-4) posted an eighth straight victory and secured a sixth straight American Association Western Division title. They stayed ahead of the Tennessee Titans for the American’s top spot, which would give them home court advantage for any playoff.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire landed a touchdown for the Chiefs before leaving the game with an injury. Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore took over with 98 rushing yards and 61 receiving yards.
“The guys played together. Everyone supported each other when there was a problem or when something went wrong, ”said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
Meanwhile, the Steelers became the first team in NFL history to fall behind by at least 23 points at halftime in a third straight away game. They haven’t scored a major in the first half in their last five outings for the first time since 1940.
Already in troubled waters for a playoff spot, the Steelers (7-7-1) moved away from the Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) for first place in the North American section.
“We didn’t do enough in all phases of the game to give ourselves a chance to win,” said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. We must accept this defeat collectively and we must now be focused on our own on the last two games of the season. “
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass and for 159 yards. He was intercepted and lost a fumble. Najee Harris added 93 rushing yards.
The Chiefs were hit with a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this week, but Tyreek Hill and other players were given the nod in time to return to the game before kickoff. Travis Kelce and two other starters were on the sidelines, however.
“It’s that kind of week where it’s great to have an experienced head coach like Andy Reid. Someone who’s seen pretty much everything in the NFL, mentioned Chiefs part-owner Clark Hunt. It was a different challenge for us, but his preparation is so thorough that we were able to have guys ready to play. “
After watching the Los Angeles Chargers lose to the Houston Texans earlier Sunday, the Chiefs knew they only needed a win over a fickle club like the Steelers to secure their title.
The Kansas City team opened the game with an Edwards-Helaire touchdown after a 73-yard walk down the field. Pringle hit his first major of the clash and Mecole Hardman added a touchdown that took the score to 20-0. Elliott Fry fielded a 44-yard field goal to extend the lead to 23-0 at halftime.
The Steelers had made two pits, they’d been intercepted, they’d made a turnaround on downs and they’d missed a hit.
“We filled the holes and the spaces well on the pitch. We did our best, ”said Hardman.
Raiders save their season, ruin the Broncos’ season
The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos by a score of 17-13 for a chance to make the playoffs and put their rivals in Denver in a very difficult position.
Without Teddy Bridgewater, the Broncos could only generate six points on offense thanks to two field goals from Brandon McManus. Javonte Williams’ touchdown was scored thanks to a defensive play from Bradley Chubb that brought in a one-yard line interception on the previous play.
The Raiders had the first seven points of the game when Hunter Renfrow caught Derek Carr’s pass in the corner of the end zone. After 13 unanswered points from the visitors, Las Vegas responded with ten points in the second half, notably thanks to a touchdown from Peyton Barber in the third quarter.
Josh Jacobs couldn’t find the end zone, but he was an essential part of his victory with 129 rushing yards on 27 carries.
Like their season, the Seahawks are crumbling
The Seattle Seahawks were in full control with a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Chicago Bears netted 11 unanswered points, including a two-point convert with one minute left, for their fifth win of the season. .
Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to DK Metcalf and Gerald Everett, but it was mainly Rashaad Penny who led the Seattle offense with 135 rushing yards on 17 carries. He also scored a touchdown over three yards.
Bears running backs David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert scored two touchdowns for Chicago. Nick Foles joined up with Jimmy Graham for a touchdown that took the Bears one point from the Seahawks and the Bears completed the comeback by going from a risky two-point attempt that was completed at Damien Byrd.