TAMPA, Fla. Patrick Mahomes threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns to defeat Tom Brady and lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Tyreek Hill scored on receptions of 75, 44 and 20 yards, backflipping into the end zone on his second TD, and finished with 13 catches for 269 yards – the last an 8-yard catch on third and 7 to give Mahomes a chance to take the clock up.
The Chiefs (10-1) won their sixth game in a row and had their seventh season with 10 wins in eight years under coach Andy Reid.
The reigning Super Bowl champions improved on the road to 6-0, winning nine from last year.
Brady was 27 out of 41 for 345 yards, three touchdowns and a few interceptions in the second half. fourth quarter.
The Bucs got close, with Brady throwing 31- and 7-yard TD passes to Mike Evans, the latter narrowed Tampa Bay’s deficit to 27-24 with 4:10 remaining.
The Bucs never got the ball back.
The Chiefs led 20-7 at halftime, with Hill having seven catches for 203 yards in the first quarter alone. The Bucs were lucky that they weren’t in a bigger hole at recess.
Kansas City had 42 plays against Tampa Bay’s 22 in the first two quarters, surpassing the Bucs 377 yards to 131 with Mahomes throwing 359 yards and Brady 117.
However, three drives in the Bucs 20 yielded only a few short field goals. Shaquil Barrett sacked Mahomes, forcing a fumble that William Gholston recovered in 14, while the Chiefs wanted to build a 17-0 lead.
Bashaud Breeland and Tyrann Mathieu had the Kansas City interceptions at Brady. The Chiefs hurt themselves with a pair of passing penalties for the passer on the 10-play, 73-yard drive that put together the six-time Super Bowl champion to close the gap to three points.
The Chiefs defeated Tampa Bay for the first time since September 5, 1993, when Joe Montana led Kansas City to a 27-3 victory. The Bucs had won five consecutive games with the Chiefs standing 8-5.
Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins returned after being sidelined with a hamstring injury since week 5. He had four receptions for 38 meters. … LB Dorian O’Daniel sustained a right ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return.
Buccaneers: LG Ali Marpet returned to the line-up after missing three games due to a concussion. LT Donovan Smith was active after not exercising all week and was listed as questionable last week with an ankle injury sustained against the Los Angeles Rams.
Chiefs: Denver next Sunday evening, the only home game during a play in which Kansas City will play four out of five on the road.
Buccaneers: Day week.