Chiefs stop Brady's late charge, survive Patriots
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 283 yards Sunday, and the Kansas City Chiefs clinched their fourth consecutive AFC West title by outlasting the New England Patriots 23-16 at Foxborough, Mass.The result snapped New England's 21-game home winning streak (counting postseason outcomes), the longest home string in franchise history. The Patriots (10-3) lost their second straight game overall and dropped a full game behind Baltimore, which has the head-to-head tiebreaker, in the race for the AFC's top seed.Tom Brady drove the Patriots 68 yards to the Kansas City 5 on their final possession, but Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland broke up a fourth-and-3 pass intended for Julian Edelman in the end zone with 1:06 remaining.The Chiefs (9-4) scored 23 consecutive points and went up 23-7 on a 41-yard field goal by Harrison Butker early in the third quarter.After that, Kansas City had a punt blocked, lost a fumble and went three-and-out twice as the Patriots rallied behind their stingy defense. The blocked punt, by Nate Ebner, enabled the Pats to end a string of six scoreless possessions, as they needed just two plays to cover 19 yards and crawl within 23-13.A 29-yard field goal by New England's Nick Folk with 11:42 remaining was the last of the scoring. Patriots wideout N'Keal Harry appeared to score a touchdown four plays before the field goal, but he was incorrectly ruled out of bounds, and New England was out of challenges.Mahomes completed 26 of 40 passes with one touchdown and one interception, hitting tight end Travis Kelce for seven catches and 66 yards. Brady countered with only 169 passing yards, going 19 of 36 with a score and a pick.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams (ribs) ruled out vs. Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams has been ruled out for this weekend's road game against the New England Patriots.LeSean McCoy, rookie Darwin Thompson and the returning Spencer Ware are expected to handle the backfield responsibilities for the Chiefs (8-4) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET) against the Patriots (10-2).Williams injured his ribs in Kansas City's 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City on Nov. 18 and has not played since. The 27-year-old has 309 yards rushing and three touchdowns this season to go along with 23 receptions for 156 yards and a score.McCoy, 31, leads the Chiefs with 410 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns. He also has 27 receptions for 177 yards and a score.
It's Mahomes vs. Brady as Chiefs visit Patriots
Rather than dwell on what wrinkles Bill Belichick might concoct for a matchup, Andy Reid prefers to focus on what the Kansas City Chiefs do best."When you play Bill and the Patriots," said the Kansas City coach, "you're going to get something different. That's where you bank on your own scheme."The strategy paid no dividends for the Chiefs a year ago when they dropped two matchups against the reigning Super Bowl champions. Another opportunity unfolds Sunday when Kansas City (8-4) visits New England (10-2) at Foxborough, Mass.The Patriots won 43-40 at home during the 2018 regular season and 37-31 on the road in overtime in a memorable AFC Championship Game. New England won the OT coin toss and kept the ball in Tom Brady's hands as he engineered the decisive touchdown, while Patrick Mahomes watched helplessly on the Chiefs sideline.In those losses, Mahomes and Co. managed just nine first-half points collectively. Kansas City rallied in both games, then failed to protect fourth-quarter leads."The biggest thing I learned is to not get rattled," said Mahomes, "and kind of see what (the defense) is and realize it might be an unscouted look, then get us into the best play there is."Those improvisational skills could come in handy considering two versatile threats, Baltimore's Lamar Jackson and Houston's Deshaun Watson, are the only QBs to beat the Patriots' rock-solid defense this season.One noteworthy development last year found the Kansas City tandem of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce limited to four catches in the playoff rematch after combining for 12 catches in the regular-season loss.Not that Belichick is relying on past performances to contain either threat. He sounded amused when asked if Hill was the fastest player in the NFL."Does anyone not think he's the fastest player in the league?" Belichick asked rhetorically. As for Kelce, "you can call him whatever you want," Belichick said, "he's one of the best receivers in the league."Reid delivered a similar response when it was inferred that Brady is over the hill and misses the usual array of productive receivers he has had at his disposal.
Chiefs RB Williams (hamstring) placed on IR
The Kansas City Chiefs placed Darrel Williams on injured reserve Thursday with a hamstring issue, ending the running back's season.Defensive back Alex Brown was moved from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster, while wide receiver Gehrig Dieter was added to the practice squad.Williams, 24, was injured in Sunday's 40-9 victory over the Oakland Raiders when he appeared hobbled after a play where he did not take on any contact. He finished the season with 141 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries in 12 games. He also caught 15 passes for 167 yards and one score.
Chiefs' defense dominates in stomping of Raiders
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for just 175 yards Sunday in windy conditions, but the Kansas City Chiefs relied on a stubborn defense to stomp the Oakland Raiders 40-9 at Kansas City, Mo.The victory widened the advantage the Chiefs (8-4) enjoy in the AFC West, a division they captured each of the past three seasons. The Raiders fell to 6-6.The sub-200 yard performance was the second straight for Mahomes, who went 15 of 29 with a touchdown. His previous low in passing yardage in a game he finished was 243 yards.The need for offensive production was minimized by three takeaways -- one run back for a touchdown -- generated by Kansas City, which also scored two points off a blocked field goal return following Oakland's only touchdown.Quarterback Derek Carr managed just 222 yards passing for the Raiders, who suffered consecutive 30-point losses for the second time in franchise history and the first since 1961. They fell 34-31 last week to the New York Jets. Carr fired Oakland's lone touchdown with 39 seconds left, its first TD in 147 plays.Josh Jacobs became the first rookie running back in Raiders history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, gaining 104 on 17 carries.The Raiders committed 12 penalties to none for the Chiefs.Among Oakland's fouls was a pass interference ruling made upon replay that wiped out a Mahomes interception. The call gave the Chiefs first-and-goal, and LeSean McCoy cruised in for a 3-yard touchdown as Kansas City went up 31-0 with 6:51 left in the third quarter.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams ruled out vs. Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams has been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Oakland Raiders, coach Andy Reid announced Friday.LeSean McCoy, Darrel Williams and rookie Darwin Thompson are expected to handle the backfield responsibilities for the Chiefs (7-4) in Sunday's game against the visiting Raiders (6-5).Damien Williams injured his ribs in Kansas City's 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City on Nov. 18. The 27-year-old has 309 yards rushing and three touchdowns this season to go along with 23 receptions for 156 yards and a score.McCoy leads the Chiefs with 400 yards rushing while his three touchdowns are tied with both Damien Williams and Darrel Williams. McCoy also has 24 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown.
Raiders aim for Chiefs in AFC West showdown
A division the Kansas City Chiefs ruled on their terms the past three seasons is now up for grabs as the AFC West chase plays out in the final month of the 2019 season.The Chiefs (7-4) still face each of their division rivals at home, and they carry a one-game lead. The team in closest pursuit, the Oakland Raiders (6-5), visits on Sunday night.Kansas City is 24-3 against division opponents since 2015 and has won four straight and 11 of 13 against Oakland."The Raiders got to come with it (like) every other team," said defensive end Frank Clark, who leads the Chiefs with seven tackles for loss. "I'm going to say that and keep saying it."Home field not been so kind to the Chiefs, who stand 2-3 in Arrowhead Stadium this season. Coach Andy Reid, however, makes good use of bye weeks, standing 10-1 at home and 17-3 overall when resuming play, and the team was idle last week.The Chiefs were able to take some time off and as Reid put it, "decompress there a little bit and get healthy."The capabilities of quarterback Patrick Mahomes are always foremost among any concerns, but he has shown no ill effects from a dislocated kneecap that kept him out two games and allowed him to heal a tender ankle.Mahomes, however, is coming off his worst passing performance as a pro in a full game, a 182-yard effort in a Nov. 18 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City. Mahomes did add a career-best 59 yards rushing in that victory.Penalties remain an issue for a Kansas City offense that ranks tied for 23rd in red-zone efficiency."We need to make sure we clean that up," Reid said, "and that's something we can do. That's obvious."Oakland had a three-game win streak, and an opportunity to tie the Chiefs for the division lead, shattered with a humiliating 34-3 road defeat last Sunday against the New York Jets.
Report: Chiefs sign DE Harris, release Ivie
The Kansas City Chiefs signed defensive end Demone Harris off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad Thursday, NFL Network reported.To create room on the roster, defensive tackle Joey Ivie was released.Harris has just three games of NFL experience, playing one game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season and two for them in 2018. The 23-year old, who was undrafted out of Buffalo, was on the Buccaneers' practice squad earlier this season before the Ravens added him to their practice squad on Oct. 22
Report: Chiefs WR Hill nursing minor hamstring injury
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is considered day-to-day with a hamstring injury, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday.Hill sustained his injury early in the first quarter of Kansas City's 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday in Mexico City. The 25-year-old will enter the Chiefs' bye week and could return to action when the team faces the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 1."There is a real chance he doesn't miss any time," Rapoport reported.The speedy Hill played just seven offensive snaps before pulling up lame on a downfield route.
Report: Chiefs WR Hill to have MRI on hamstring
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will have an MRI on his hamstring in "the next day or so," NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday.Hill played just seven offensive snaps before pulling up lame on a downfield route in Monday night's 24-17 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City.He was targeted twice but did not make a catch.
Chiefs pick Rivers off 4 times, edge Chargers
Patrick Mahomes overcame a slow start to pass for 182 yards and one touchdown, and added a career-high 59 yards on the ground, as the Kansas City Chiefs stopped the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 at Mexico City on Monday night.The Chargers reached the Chiefs' 14-yard line with 24 seconds remaining, thanks in large part to a 50-yard bomb a leaping Mike Williams caught from Philip Rivers to move from the Los Angeles 25 to the Kansas City 25.On second down, however, Rivers threw his fourth interception of the game when Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen snagged in the end zone to secure the win.The victory enabled the Chiefs (7-4) to retain a half-game lead over the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West. It marked the 24th win in the last 26 games for Kansas City against division rivals.Playing without his big-play threat, Tyreek Hill, who suffered a hamstring injury on the first series, Mahomes led the Chiefs to touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half.That gave them a 24-9 lead, achieved with a 6-yard rush by Darrel Williams and a 23-yard strike to tight end Travis Kelce, who led Kansas City receivers with seven catches for 92 yards.Rivers passed for 353 yards and a touchdown but it was all undone by the four interceptions.Melvin Gordon rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries, while Austin Ekeler led the Los Angeles pass-catchers with eight catches for 108 yards.
Chiefs regroup vs. Chargers in Mexico City
The return of the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player coincided with a drop in performance among Kansas City Chiefs defenders.In the two-plus games quarterback Patrick Mahomes missed with a dislocated kneecap, the Chiefs stopped the run effectively and did not give up a 100-yard performance. Their defense held its own.When Mahomes returned last week, the defense contributed to a total team collapse. The unexpected letdown tightened the AFC West chase as Kansas City (6-4) meets a division rival, the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6), on Monday night at Mexico City."You can't change what happened," Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen said. "What you can do is focus on fixing and improving as we go down this last stretch.''The closing run is tighter than most predicted. The Chiefs are tied in the loss column with the Oakland Raiders (5-4) atop the AFC West, and the Chargers can tighten things even more by beating Kansas City on a neutral field in prime time."We're in a battle now,'' Mahomes said.The matchup is a second crack for Kansas City to play in Mexico City after field conditions last year at Estadio Azteca prompted a scheduled appearance against the Rams to be moved to Los Angeles."I was hopeful that we would have a chance to go to Mexico City,'' said Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, noting that the league assured his staff that the turf is much improved. "All of the international games are very important for the league, and they are also important for the Chiefs from a branding standpoint. I frankly did not expect that we would be (scheduled again for) Mexico City so fast.''Kansas City is designated as the visitor, leaving the Chiefs with three home games, one each against division rivals, and road tests at New England and Chicago. The Chiefs' strength of schedule currently ranks fifth.Expect the Chargers to try to establish a balanced attack. Melvin Gordon, coming off a 108-yard performance in a loss to the Raiders, will try to exploit a Chiefs run defense that ranks 31st.Kansas City allowed 188 yards last week to Derrick Henry, who led a Tennessee rally that capitalized on two botched field goals.
Chiefs LT Fisher practices for first time since Week 2
Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher practiced in full on Thursday for the first time since having sports hernia surgery following Week 2.Fisher was initially given a 4- to 6-week timetable for a return. He returned for two limited practices leading up to Week 8 but then went back to missing practice until this week.Fisher, 28, was a Pro Bowler in 2018 and had played in 87 consecutive games prior to leaving Week 2's win at Oakland after just four snaps.In 16 starts in 2018, he allowed 4.5 sacks and committed five penalties. Replacement Cameron Erving -- who has started the last eight games at left tackle -- has allowed 4.5 sacks and committed four penalties this season.The Chiefs' offensive line could potentially be whole again for Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City.In addition to Fisher, right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle) returned to a full practice after missing Weeks 9 and 10.
Tannehill rallies Titans in final minute to stun Chiefs, 35-32
Ryan Tannehill fired a decisive 23-yard touchdown pass to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds remaining Sunday and the Tennessee Titans stunned the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-32, in Nashville, Tenn.Harrison Butker, who made a field goal as time expired to enable the Chiefs to beat Minnesota last week, had a 52-yard attempt blocked at the buzzer.The Chiefs (6-4) lined up for a field goal after going three-and-out inside the final 2 minutes but holder Dustin Colquitt could not handle the snap and was flagged for intentional grounding on a desperation pass.Tannehill and the Titans (5-5) took over and covered 61 yards in four plays to spoil the return of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who missed the two previous games with a dislocated knee.Mahomes, playing with a brace on his right knee, passed for 446 yards, going 36 of 50, with three touchdowns.Derrick Henry countered with 188 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Titans, who endured six lead changes. Henry scored on a 68-yard burst in the third quarter, then added a 1-yard plunge to cut the lead to two points with 6:26 remaining.Tennessee then managed to limit the Chiefs to a field goal, the fourth of the game for Butker, though the boot gave the Chiefs a 32-27 lead with 3:19 left. Kansas City, however, could not run out the clock and Tannehill, who passed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, rallied Tennessee.
Chiefs QB Mahomes to start vs. Titans
Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes will return from a two-game absence to start this weekend's game against the Tennessee Titans, coach Andy Reid announced Friday.Reid told reporters that Mahomes would play "unless something happens" prior to Sunday's game against the Titans (4-5) in Nashville, Tenn.The Chiefs (6-3) split two games with Matt Moore starting in place of the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, who sustained a dislocated right kneecap in Kansas City's 30-6 victory at Denver on Oct. 17.
Mahomes improving, but Chiefs set either way for Titans
The Kansas City Chiefs didn't exactly take Matt Moore off the streets and insert him at quarterback. Moore was working on a football field, but as a high school assistant coach when the organization called last month.Yet in the last three games, two as a starter, Moore did everything necessary against stout rivals to keep the Chiefs atop the AFC West.The reasons? Well, first credit Moore for adapting. Then credit the explosiveness Kansas City (6-3) maintains as it prepares for a matchup Sunday against the Tennessee Titans (4-5) at Nashville, Tenn."With our playmakers," said Chiefs offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, "you don't ever take your foot off of the gas pedal."The quarterback accustomed to pressing that accelerator remains in limbo. Patrick Mahomes missed the last two games after dislocating his kneecap on Oct. 17. That's when Moore was first summoned as a backup at Denver, and he performed admirably in a 30-6 romp.Mahomes practiced in full on Wednesday for the first time since the injury, though Chiefs coach Andy Reid still deemed his standout QB day-to-day and said, "We're not going to put him out there unless it's safe."In Mahomes' absence, Kansas City continues to display big-play production. Touchdowns last Sunday off a 40-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill and a 92-yard rush by Damien Williams keyed a 26-23 win over Minnesota, which also required a walk-off field goal."Can't nobody overthrow me," stated the speedy Hill, though Williams countered with this rejoinder: "We just can't try to airmail it every time."Injuries have dogged the Chiefs since virtually the beginning of the season, though the return of their best defender, tackle Chris Jones, helped that unit maintain steady progress it has shown of late."We have been doing a lot of good things defensively," safety Tyrann Mathieu said of a unit that ranks 29th against the run (139.6 yards per game) but 14th in yards per play overall (5.4). "We have been trying to see those things stack up and carry over."Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill will test the Chiefs after passing for 300 yards in two of three games since replacing Marcus Mariota.
Chiefs' Reid playing it safe with Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will see more practice time as he returns from a dislocated kneecap, though coach Andy Reid said Wednesday the star won't play "unless it's safe to do so."Mahomes suffered the injury in a 30-6 victory at Denver on Oct. 17. He was expected to be sidelined 3-6 weeks.Thursday will mark three weeks since Mahomes was injured. The Chiefs play at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.Asked about Mahomes on Wednesday, Reid told reporters that he won't put Mahomes on the field if there is a risk.Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Wednesday that Tennessee was preparing to face Mahomes.
Report: Chiefs QB Mahomes to sit vs. Vikings
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will miss his second straight game on Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings visit, ESPN reported early Sunday morning.Mahomes, who is officially listed as questionable as he recovers from a dislocated right kneecap sustained Oct. 17 in Denver, practiced last week and this week on a limited basis but was not expected to suit up Sunday.The league's reigning MVP missed last Sunday's 31-24 home loss to the Green Bay Packers, though he said he would have played if it had been a playoff game.
Butker, Chiefs beat Vikings on last-second FG
Harrison Butker booted a 44-yard field goal as time expired Sunday, giving the Kansas City Chiefs a 26-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City, Mo.Quarterback Matt Moore, making his second start in place of injured Patrick Mahomes, passed for 275 yards, including strikes of 17 and 13 yards to Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, respectively, to put Butker in position for his game-winner.The Chiefs (6-3) used two straight three-and-outs from their defense in the fourth quarter to first set up a 54-yard field goal with 2:30 left for a 23-23 tie, and then the decisive boot. The win ended a three-game home losing streak for the Chiefs, as Moore went 25 of 35 with one touchdown.The Vikings (6-3), who had their four-game win streak snapped, went ahead 23-20 early in the fourth quarter on an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that quarterback Kirk Cousins capped with a 3-yard pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph.The strike was Cousins' third touchdown. He went 19 of 38 for 220 yards, while the NFL's leading rusher, Dalvin Cook, managed 71 yards on 21 carries.Damien Williams, who gained 125 yards on just 12 carries for the Chiefs, scored on a 91-yard burst with 6:13 left in the third quarter, and the extra point gave the Chiefs a 17-16 lead.The burst was a response to a touchdown by the Vikings barely three minutes into the quarter. After Mike Hughes caused a fumble on the second-half kickoff, Cousins found Ameer Abdullah from 16 yards out. The ensuing extra point was missed, leaving Minnesota up 16-10.
Chiefs activate QB Henne off injured reserve
The Kansas City Chiefs addressed their quarterback situation on Saturday, but Patrick Mahomes was not the central figure involved.The Chiefs (5-3) activated Chad Henne off injured reserve and listed the veteran quarterback as questionable on Sunday (1 p.m. ET) versus the visiting Minnesota Vikings (6-2).Kansas City waived undrafted rookie quarterback Kyle Shurmur to make room on the 53-man roster for Henne, who fractured his ankle in August before returning to practice late last month.Henne will be available to back up Matt Moore should Mahomes miss his second consecutive game on Sunday with a knee injury.Mahomes, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, is attempting to return from a dislocated right kneecap sustained Oct. 17 in Denver. He said he would have played in last week's 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers if it had been a playoff game.