Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce from 22 yards out with 28 seconds to play as the Chiefs rallied past the Raiders 35-31 in Las Vegas. Derrick Carr’s one-yard TD toss to Jason Witten with 1:43 left had put the Raiders ahead 31-28. Mahomes passed for 348 yards, two TD’s and an interception as Kansas City improved to 9-and-1. Carr had three TD passes and a pick for Las Vegas, which slipped to 6-and-4. Daniel Sorenson picked off Carr on the Raiders’ final drive to secure the win.
Adam Teicher of ESPN pointed out this is the first time in his career that Mahomes has thrown a go-ahead TD pass in the final two minutes. He was pretty effective. The Raiders had scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:43 remaining, but Mahomes drove the Chiefs 75 yards in seven plays with Mahomes going 6-of-7.
The Chiefs totaled 460 yards and picked 36 first downs. Both Kelce and Tyreek Hill had over 100 yards receiving, but the defense didn’t get much of a pass rush against Derek Carr and the secondary and linebackers looked bad in coverage, missed tackles and just plain being manhandled by Vegas’ physical receivers.
For the second week in row the defense has allowed 31 points, but the Chiefs have scored 146 points over the last four games, averaging 36.5 points per game so while there is concern about the defense there has yet to be a defense to hold the Chiefs under 26 points since week 2 vs. the Chargers.
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