One of, if not the most, anticipated games of the weekend was the Chiefs vs. Bucs. This is due to the Mahomes vs. Brady rivalry matchup that has already led to a few instantly classic games throughout the time they have been in the league together. This one, however, was different, and Patrick Mahomes put on a masterclass performance. So let’s take a look at how the game played out, and how Mahomes was able to put it all together.
The game started out horribly for the Bucs, with the opening kickoff being a fumble, immediately giving the Chiefs an amazing field position. The Chiefs would take advantage of the field position and throw a touchdown to tight end Travis Kelce to cap off the two-play drive. The Bucs and Brady responded with a solid drive leading to a 45-yard field goal by Ryan Succop. The Chiefs marched back down the field with a methodical 12-play drive, capped off by Clyde Edwards Helaire’s touchdown run to make it a 14-3 lead against the Bucs. The Bucs had no offense the next drive and gave the on-fire Chiefs the ball back and they didn’t stop the scoring. Mahomes would roll out to his right and looked as if he was running, but he pulled off a spin move on star linebacker Devin White before flipping the ball to Clyde Edwards Helaire for a magnificent touchdown pass. Even with momentum on the Chiefs side, the Bucs would not back down getting themselves a touchdown drive right back with a pass to Mike Evans. The Chiefs would be looking to continue their streak of scoring on their next drive, but a dropped pass by Clyde Edwards Helaire on 4th down would give the Bucs life. That momentum would be shot down as quickly as it came, with Tom Brady fumbling on the following play and L’Jarius Sneed recovering it for the Chiefs. The Chiefs would get back on track offensively, following up the fumble with a quick six-play drive, and Noah Gray running it in for the touchdown. The Bucs continued to keep themselves in the game as their next drive would be the last score of the half that being another touchdown pass to Mike Evans. The score at the end of the half ended as 28-17. The Chiefs got the ball first after the half, and they would drive into the Bucs territory and kick a 44-yard field goal to make it 31-17. The Bucs would fail to respond, giving the Chiefs an opportunity to really put the game on ice with another touchdown. They would do this with another great Mahomes drive, ending with a 10-yard touchdown throw to Jody Fortson. Although the Bucs would score two more scores in the game, the Chiefs would maintain their lead and drain the clock, leading to the Chiefs walking out of Tampa with a statement 41-31 win over a Bucs team that gave them lots of problems the last time they played.