KANSAS CITY (Mo. KANSAS CITY (Mo.) — Saturday’s final regular season game began just like the other games for the Kansas City Chiefs. On its first possession, quarterback Patrick Mahomes led an offense that scored a touchdown.
The game then continued to follow a familiar pattern. The Chiefs were struggling to score the last few minutes. Their defense was able to score the winning touchdown with a Nick Bolton fumble return of 86 yards. This resulted in a win 28-24 over the Denver Broncos.
Beginning AndMahomes and Chiefs’ offense will be focusing on finishing quickly in the playoffs. The wild-card round match against the Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium is Sunday night (8:15 p.m.). ET, NBC).
Mahomes explained that it was just small things here and there. “That’s the league. We’re fortunate enough to have been able execute at a high-level these last few seasons, including most of the first half this season. You can see that they are struggling with little details on drives. They are stalling, and I have to guide them into the right play and make the correct throw to complete the play.
“You’ve probably seen it in every single game. We stall out, we don’t execute, or I throw the ball and don’t hit it at the right spot. Or the receiver doesn’t have the same view as I do.
The Chiefs could not have asked for a better opener than Denver’s. Mahomes made four passes to different receivers, and the Chiefs ran 91 yards in just 17 plays. It took nearly eight minutes. They went 4-for-4 with third down and Travis Kelce was the touchdown.
The NFL’s regular season saw the Chiefs lead the league with nine first-possession touchdowns. With an average of 7.65 points per quarter, they tied for first-quarter league scoring lead. Their final 10 games saw them score a first-quarter touchdown, which was the longest streak in NFL history.
After their first drive, the Chiefs scored one more offensive touchdown and made two field goals in Denver. They averaged 19.4 points per games in the second quarter of their 17 games.
Mahomes pointed out that the Chiefs have committed many offensive penalties later in games, which has put them in situations with long yardage they haven’t been able overcome. The Chiefs used to commit a lot more turnovers earlier in the season. But that is not the case anymore.
With 24 dropped passes, the Chiefs tied for ninth place in the NFL.
Andy Reid, coach said, “We have to take care these things.” It’s not always the adjustments made by the other team. It’s only that we need to ensure we take care our business. This is a good place to be right now. But we will get there. It’s my responsibility. [offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy’s]It is our responsibility to ensure that we do so.
Like many NFL teams, the Chiefs prepare their 15 first offensive plays prior to each game. However, they may make adjustments based on game circumstances. While the goal is to give opposing defense lots to see and respond to, the Chiefs are performing their 15 plays better that any other NFL team.
Bieniemy stated, “The thing we want to do is diversify what’s happening, giving the defense different looks.” “We want to give our players the opportunity to go out and play fast. We’ve been writing the first 15. Since I started in coaching, I haven’t seen it any other way. It’s something that I believe gives our guys the unique ability to understand what’s expected and it also gives them the ability visualize it and then make it happen when they are called upon.