TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – When Tyreek Hill pulls a single cover, Patrick Mahomes finds a way to get the ball to the Kansas City Chiefs most explosive buyer.
Mahomes threw 462 yards, including 75, 44 and 20-yard touches to Hill, who finished 13 catches at 269 yards in Super Bowl reigning champions ’27-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
“It feels good, you know, but I feel like I still have a lot of work ahead of me,” Hill said after doing more than 1,000 yards this season.
“I’m always trying to be better, I have to be in line with what you’re doing,” Hill added. “The same people who show love this week, play bad next week, will hate it.”
Mahomes survived Tom Brady to win the fourth match of his career among the MVPs. He scored 37 of the 49 passes and held the ball for more than 10 minutes without scoring a goal on Kansas City’s last two possessions to discard the game.
Hill benefited from Sammy Watkins ’return to the Chiefs team after leaving with a thigh flexion injury since week 5. The best of the match was the best of the match with Bucs Corner, Carlton Davis, who often had no help in holding back the fast buyer.
“We don’t get that much, especially with that guy and his ability,” Mahomes said. “So when we do, we try to take advantage.”
Hill only had 203 yards and two touches in the first quarter and joined Qadry Ismail (210 in the third quarter of December 12, 1999) and Lee Evans (205 in the first quarter on November 19, 2006). Since 1980, only NFL buyers have had 200 yards of purchases in a single quarter.
The final catch of the fifth-year pro – an 8-yard on the third and 7th sides in the last minute – gave Mahomes a chance to run out of hours.
“The last thing I’ve learned a long time ago isn’t giving Tom Brady another shot,” said coach coach Andy Reid. – That’s why he’s the Goat. So, don’t give them back the ball. That was the mindset there. “
The Chiefs (10-1) won their sixth straight game and won their seventh, 10-win season in eight years, led by Reid.
Defending champions improved to 6-0 away and reaped nine wins from home, back last year.
“There are very few guys I’ve seen in this league, or any league that could cut eight, nine, 10, 11 yards back into his pocket and throw a penny 25 yards on the field,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said of Mahomes. – And read the defense the way you do it. It’s more explosive than that.
Brady had 27 of 41s for 345 yards, three touchdowns and a couple of second-half passes, fell 2-2 against Mahomes, who took an early 17-0 lead, and the Chiefs also came in with 17 in the fourth quarter.
The Bucs (7-5) approached, Brady threw 31- and 7-yard TD passes to Mike Evans, the latter cutting his team’s deficit to 27-24 with a 4:10 disadvantage.
Losing three smooth home matches, Tampa Bay never got the ball back.
“We fought back, but we left ourselves with a big shortage,” Brady said. “If you’re playing a good attack, we need to do our work offensively and keep them off the field.”
The Chiefs led 20-7 at halftime. The Bucs were lucky they weren’t in bigger holes.
Kansas City ran 42 games against Tampa Bay 22 in the first two quarters, beating Bucs 377 yards to 131, Mahomes 359 yards and Brady 117.
However, three shots within Bucs 20 resulted in only one short field goal. Shaquil Barrett fired Mahomes, forcing William Gholston to recover at 14 and the Chiefs wanting to build on a 17-0 lead.
Bashaud Breeland and Tyrann Mathieu picked up Brady. The Chiefs injured themselves with a couple of rough pass penalties on the 10-player, 73-yard drive, with the six-time Super Bowl champion putting together to narrow the gap by three points.
The loss is on the corner of the home defeat of the New Orleans and Los Angeles Rams, in games in which Brady played poorly and left his new team and sought answers to the inconsistency of the attack.
Brady doesn’t listen to critics who feel that Bucs isn’t tailoring his system to what he did best during his career.
– Just outside noise. If you lose, you deal with it, ”Brady said. “I love playing with guys and the whole organization is incredible. Now I have to do a better job in the last four games.
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The Chiefs beat Tampa Bay for the first time since September 5, 1993, when Joe Montana led Kansas City to a 27-3 win. Bucs won five in a row, leading the Chiefs to 8-5.
Bosses: LB Dorian O’Daniel suffered a right ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return.
Buccaneers: LG Ali Marpet is back in line after missing three games due to a concussion. LT Donovan Smith was active after not practicing all week and was called into question with an ankle injury suffered by the Los Angeles Rams last week.
Bosses: Denver will host next Sunday night, the only home game on the section where City of Kansas will play four out of five on the road.
Buccaneers: Goodbye seven.
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