During the Kansas City Chiefs’ 44-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, quarterback Patrick Mahomes was seen wearing a cast on his left wrist following a hit from Cardinals defender Markus Golden in the first quarter.
The CBS sideline crew explained in-game that the Chiefs had an X-Ray scheduled for Mahomes after the game, and that the injury would not impact Mahomes’ ability to play in the game. That definitely was the case, as Mahomes finished the day with 360 passing yards, five passing touchdowns and zero turnovers, with four of those touchdowns coming after he suffered the injury.
After the game, Mahomes spoke about his wrist injury and the results of his X-Ray.
“I fell on it on that first touchdown — kind of just threw my hand back and fell on it,” Mahomes said during his press conference. “I just got it looked at and everything looked good, so hopefully it’s not something that lingers around [and it’s] something that we can kind of get cleared up quickly.”
Cornerback Trent McDuffie, starting right guard Trey Smith and wide receiver Justin Watson all left the regular season opener during different points due to injury and never returned. After the game, head coach Andy Reid said the team was taking a wait-and-see approach to determine the severity of the injuries for those three players.
Chiefs Blow Out Cardinals in Season Opener
If there was ever an ideal way for the Chiefs to start the regular season, the Week 1 win over the Cardinals was it.
To provide further detail regarding Mahomes’ MVP-like performance, Mahomes had only nine incompletions, completed passes to nine different receivers and threw his touchdowns passes to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (2), tight end Travis Kelce, receiver Mecole Hardman and tight end Jody Fortson.
The leading receiver for the Chiefs was Kelce, who caught eight passes for 121 receiving yards and the touchdown. Week 1 marked the 37th game in which Kelce had at least 100 yards receiving, which is the most ever by a tight end in NFL history.
As for Kansas City’s backfield, rookie Isiah Pacheco led the team in rushing with 62 yards on 12 carries. Edwards-Helaire also had 74 total yards out of the backfield (42 yards rushing, 32 yards receiving).
Against a banged-up Cardinals offense, Kansas City’s defense gave up just 258 yards of total offense and allowed a first down on only three of the Cardinals’ 11 third-down attempts. The leading tackler for the Chiefs defense was second-year linebacker Nick Bolton, who had nine tackles and one tackle for loss.
With the win, Kansas City advances to 1-0 on the season and will have a short week to prepare for their Week 2 opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers, whom they will face on Thursday Night Football on September 15.
Twitter Reacts to Chiefs’ Victory
Twitter users reacted to the victory for Kansas City.
“All offseason it was all talk about Tyreek Hill and how the Chiefs would regress. After last night I guess this Patrick Mahomes fella is pretty good,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Unfortunately I didn’t get to watch the game being overseas and the time difference wasn’t favorable, but watching the highlights from the game made so happy. All sides of the ball, especially the offense, seeing basically every WR & TE touched the ball, RBs too,” another user wrote.
“You had time but now the bandwagon is closed. No matter what happens at the end of the season, we’re Chiefs for life… Let ’em Talk, We Got BIG DREAMS!” another user wrote.