With 2:26 left in the fourth quarter, Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass that gave the Detroit Lions a 30-27 lead. The crowd was believing but they left too much time on the clock for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Needing just a field goal, the Chiefs took the field with extreme confidence led by their MVP quarterback. Before they even stepped on the field, Mahomes was preparing his team to go on a game-winning drive.
Mahomes reminded the Chiefs to just be themselves. So who are they? They are a team with one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He is throwing to the best tight end in the league, Travis Kelce and is protected by the best right tackle in Mitchell Schwartz.
The Chefs are averaging 474.8 yards per game this season. This is good for second in the league. They are tied at the top of the league scoring 33.8 points per game. With 2:26 on the clock, a field goal seemed like a piece of cake but Kansas City had bigger things on their mind. And it almost did not work out.
Mahomes Leads Final Drive vs. Lions
The Chiefs’ final drive was orchestrated perfectly but it came down to one play to get things going. They picked up a first down right away on an 11-yard pass to Darrel Williams. After that, the drive seemed to stall.
Kansas City was facing a fourth-and-eight at their own 34-yard line. The Lions put pressure on Mahomes but did not protect the middle of the field. Mahomes scrambled, got out of the pocket, and picked up 15 yards using his legs. This was the play of the drive for the Chiefs and it was back breaking for Detroit.
The next two plays were first downs after an 18-yard pass to Kelce and a defensive holding call. Just like that, the Chiefs were in field goal range but there was over a minute left to get in the end zone. Byron Pringle made the next big play on the drive when he caught a pass over the middle and absorbed two huge hits. He spun for a 13-yard gain down to the three-yard line. Two handoffs later, Williams was in the end zone. Chiefs win.
Leadership, passion, knowledge, talent. Those are four attributes that are important for starting quarterbacks and Mahomes checks all the boxes. He is a player that is mature beyond his years. The great players know how to get the best out of their team then they go perform on the field. That is what Mahomes did on Sunday against the Lions. He showed his ability to make big play with his arm and legs.
Safe to say, the Chiefs knew what they were doing when they traded up to draft Mahomes as their next franchise quarterback. Kansas City is now 4-0 with a game against the Indianapolis Colts in Arrowhead on the horizon. There is some magic so far in Kansas City this season. They hope it can end with a Lombardi Trophy.