The Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) suffered their first loss of the 2020 season on Sunday afternoon, a 40-32 defeat on their home turf at Arrowhead Stadium. After the game, QB Patrick Mahomes did not mince words about suffering his first career loss to the Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) and counterpart Derek Carr.
The MVP passer ended his postgame press conference with some self-reflecting comments on the offense’s reliance on “crazy plays” to keep drives moving, especially on third down.
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Mahomes finished the day with 340 yards, three total touchdowns (one rushing) and one interception on 22-of-43 passing, with a sizeable chunk of his yardage coming after Las Vegas took a commanding 40-24 lead with 5:26 to play in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders were particularly dominant on both sides of the line of scrimmage, which resulted in a sizeable advantage in possession time (35:17-24:43), total yards (490-413) and rushing yards (144-80).
The Chiefs’ 10 penalties for a loss of 94 yards marked the second double-digit tally through the first five games, one shy of the season-high 11 penalties suffered in Week 2 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. Notably, of the six offensive penalties committed by Kansas City on Sunday, three of the infractions were for offensive holding.
The ‘Madden-Like’ Mahomes Touchdown Pass That Wasn’t
Speaking of crazy plays, it took approximately 60 seconds of game action for Mahomes to drop jaws — to the surprise of really nobody at this point. On a passing play that was immediately waived off due to a holding penalty on LG Kelechi Osemele, the 25-year-old superstar dropped back to his own 35-yard-line and tossed a touchdown strike to WR Tyreek Hill that traveled about 65 yards in the air and landed just in front of the outstretched arms of a trailing Raiders defender.
Fortunately, Mahomes and Hill did get some of the lost yardage back about halfway through the second quarter when they hooked up on another impressive long ball down the left sideline.
Chris Jones, Tyrann Mathieu Discuss Disappointing Loss
Mahomes wasn’t the only Chiefs leader to make some eye-opening comments after the game. A pair of defensive Pro Bowlers, DT Chris Jones and S Tyrann Mathieu, were also quite blunt about their feelings after Steve Spagnuolo’s unit surrendered 40 points for the first time in his tenure with the franchise.
Jones, who posted four total tackles and a QB hit, noted that the Raiders caught the Chiefs “off guard” with some never-before-seen formations on offense.
Striking a different note, Mathieu was already redirecting his emotions toward the future, ensuring that the rest of the league knows that he hasn’t felt so motivated in a “very, very long time.”
The defending Super Bowl champions will now turn their attention to another competitive matchup with the Buffalo Bills (4-0), which has been officially rescheduled for prime time next Monday, October 19 at 4 p.m. CT. The AFC East division leaders will be on short rest following their Week 5 contest against the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday night.