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Game Recap: Chiefs Fall to Buccaneers, 19-17

Kansas City’s five-game winning streak was snapped at Arrowhead Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19-17, on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston was 24 of 39 for 331 yards and a touchdown to lead Tampa Bay in the victory.

The Chiefs attempted a late comeback on Alex Smith's three-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson with 2:27 remaining, but the Buccanneers were able to pin the Chiefs deep in their territory with 8 seconds left.

The loss to Tampa Bay ended two win streaks for Kansas City. The Chiefs came into the game riding five-straight victories in addition to a 10-game home win streak.

The Bucs won the toss and deferred to the second half, so the Chiefs started the game with the ball.

The Chiefs converted for five first downs on their first drive, but the offense faltered deep in Bucs territory. After an 8-yard sweep by Tyreek Hill got the Chiefs to first-and-goal at the Tampa Bay 4-yard line, the Chiefs rushed with tight end Travis Kelce, who lost 5 yards on the play. The Chiefs couldn't get in the end zone on second and third down, so Cairo Santos came on for the 22-yard field goal and 3-0 Chiefs lead.

The Buccaneers converted their first three third downs on the ensuing possession, but at the Kansas City 16-yard line, Winston lost the football, and cornerback Steve Nelson recovered the fumble. Kansas City was credited with a team sack on the play.

The Chiefs couldn't take advantage off the turnover, and they punted the ball back to Tampa Bay.

Winston and running back Doug Martin worked the Bucs offense all the way to the Kansas City 12-yard line, but on third down, Nelson broke up a fade pass intended for wide receiver Mike Evans in the back left of the end zone. Roberto Aguayo came on for the 31-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3.

The Chiefs went three-and-out on the next possession and punted the ball back to the Bucs. On their drive, Winston got the Bucs into Chiefs territory quickly with a short pass to Martin, who took it 27 yards to the Kansas City 39. The next big strike was a 31-yard pass to Evans to get the Bucs to the Chiefs 4-yard line, but Kansas City's defense held up at the goal line.

Aguayo came on for the 22-yard field goal and 6-3 Bucs lead.

The Chiefs started the ensuing drive at their own 20. On first-and-10, Alex Smith hit Hill down the right sideline for a 42-yard reception, bringing the Chiefs to the Tampa Bay 38-yard line. A third-down direct snap to Ware go the Chiefs to the Tampa Bay 14-yard line, and two plays later, Smith scrambled 11 yards for his first touchdown rushing since Week 1.

Aguayo hit a 41-yard field goal to bring the Bucs within one point as the half came to a close.

The Bucs began the third quarter with the football, and starting at the Tampa Bay 26-yard line, Winston got the team within field goal range. Aguayo hit a 36-yarder to give the Bucs a 12-10 lead.

The Chiefs couldn't score on the next possession, but punter Dustin Colquitt pinned Tampa Bay back to its own 4-yard line.

Tampa Bay punted back to the Chiefs into the end zone for a touchback, but a holding penalty on the play gave them a little bit better field position, and the Chiefs offense came on at the Kansas City 30-yard line.

After a 9-yard pass from Smith to Hill, Smith hit Kelce after a very nice double move down the right sideline for a 44-yard gain and first down at the Tampa Bay 10. But two plays later, Smith was intercepted by safety Chris Conte in the end zone, and Conte took the ball out, returning it all the way to the Tampa Bay 48-yard line.

Winston and the Buccaneers converted two third downs before eventually facing third-and-2 at the Kansas City 3-yard line. On third-and-2, Winston hit TE Alan Cross on a short pass to the right to give the Buccaneers a 19-10 lead.

Utilizing their two-minute offense, the Chiefs worked quickly to get into Buccaneers territory. Charcandrick West had two rushes on the drive for 32 yards. Facing third-and-goal from the Tampa Bay 3-yard line, Smith found WR Albert Wilson short to his left, and the Chiefs got within two points, 19-17, with a little more than two minutes remaining and all three timeouts.

After stopping the clock twice, the Chiefs had the Bucs down to third-and-3 and their own 30-yard line, but Winston found Evans on a 14-yard pass for a first down, greatly diminishing Kansas City's chances.

The Bucs eventually punted to the Chiefs with 22 seconds remaining, and Hill returned it to the 27-yard line with just eight seconds left on the clock.

The Chiefs would run two plays, but it was not enough, and the Bucs came away with the 19-17 win.

Ramik Wilson led the Chiefs with eight tackles (7 solo). Travis Kelce had seven receptions for 108 yards receiving. Smith was 24 of 31 for 261 yards and two total touchdowns. Tampa Bay finished 11 of 16 on third-down opportunities.

The Chiefs play in Denver against the Broncos on Sunday Night Football next week. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT.

Photos from the Chiefs Week 11 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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