Patrick Mahomes shares the wealth as the Kansas City Chiefs game today win the AFC West without Travis Kelce.
With Travis Kelce out, Patrick Mahomes spreads wealth as Kansas City Chiefs win AFC West
The Kansas City Chiefs game today have been in two Super Bowls in the last two years and are hoping to do it again this season.
That doesn’t mean quarterback Patrick Mahomes, his teammates, and coaches won’t take a minute to celebrate their sixth consecutive AFC West championship, which they earned at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday with a 36-10 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I give it my all, this year more than ever,” Mahomes said of savouring another division title.
The deeper appreciation for this season’s championship came from the Chiefs’ start to the season, according to Mahomes. They were 3-4 at the end of October, and just entering the playoffs as a wild-card entry seemed unlikely, much alone obtaining a trip to the tournament by winning their division.
“If you look at the AFC West, every club is still fighting for a postseason place,” Mahomes said. “It’s a difficult division. We have other objectives in mind, but this was the first.”
Before Sunday, no club had ever won the AFC West in six consecutive years. In the 1970s, the Raiders won five consecutive games, as did the Denver Broncos from 2011 through 2015. The Chiefs, on the other hand, have never won back-to-back division titles until their current run.
“I remember being pleased any year when we were in contention for the division in those early years,” said Clark Hunt, who became the Chiefs’ chairman in 2006. “Winning the division five or six times in a row was never in my mind.”
Without tight end Travis Kelce, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Chiefs game today met the Steelers. They also lost two crucial players in the triumph, defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Mathieu was suffering from a quad ailment. Edwards-Helaire was first listed as having a collarbone injury by the Chiefs, but coach Andy Reid later clarified that he had hurt his shoulder.
Despite this, they strolled to a comfortable victory.
Before the Steelers scored in the third quarter, the Chiefs were up 30-0. Before being taken out of the game in the fourth quarter, Mahomes was 23-of-30 for 258 yards and three touchdowns.
He distributed the ball to nine different receivers in Kelce’s absence. Byron Pringle, a reserve wide receiver, caught two touchdown passes.
The Kansas City Chiefs, who have won eight consecutive games, are one game ahead of the Tennessee Titans in the fight for the AFC’s top playoff slot.
That would be the Chiefs’ next great reward. For the time being, they’ll be pleased with the one they got on Sunday. After the game, players were awarded division-champion caps and T-shirts, and at least some of them were sporting the new gear.
“None of those events are taken for granted at all,” Reid added. “There’s a lot of sweat and work that goes into this…. I’m pleased of how our troops handled it. I’m pleased of our coaches for how well they handled the situation.”