The Kansas City Chiefs won a thriller on Sunday, defeating the Minnesota Vikings in walk-off fashion as Harrison Butker nailed a 44-yard, game-winning field goal to win the game.
Here are 10 interesting notes about the win.
1. Butker was the definition of clutch in the closing minutes of the game.
The 24-year-old Butker heard his number called multiple times in the game’s final moments, connecting on a 54-yard field goal to tie the game with just over two minutes left and the 44-yard game-winner as the clock hit zeroes.
The 54-yarder tied Butker’s career-long, which he set against Seattle last season, and according to the folks at Next Gen Stats, it was the toughest kick of his young career.
Butker was about as clutch as a player can be on both kicks, which is further demonstrated by this admittedly obscure - but still awesome - stat.
2. The victory marked Head Coach Andy Reid’s 201st career regular-season win.
Reid moved into sole possession of sixth place all-time in terms of regular-season wins with the victory, passing former Chiefs’ Coach Marty Schottenheimer. Only Don Shula (328), George Halas (318), Bill Belichick (269), Tom Landry (250) and Curly Lambeau (226) have more regular-season victories than Reid.
3. Matt Moore impressed yet again.
Moore completed 25-of-35 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, posting a 103.9 passer rating. Additionally, while under pressure, Moore completed 6-of-7 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown, amassing a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating.
Here’s a bit more from the folks at Pro Football Focus.
Moore owns a 100.9 passer rating this season overall, impressing immensely in relief of reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes, and it paid off on Sunday with his first victory as a starter in over two years.
4. Damien Williams broke free for a massive, 91-yard touchdown run.
Williams eluded would-be tacklers and turned on the jets for a 91-yard touchdown scamper midway through the third quarter, pushing the Chiefs ahead on the scoreboard while making some history in the process.
The play wasn’t only the longest rush in the NFL this season, it matched franchise legend Jamaal Charles for the longest run in Chiefs’ history (Week 3, 2012).
Williams finished the game with 125 yards on the ground, marking his second-career performance with triple-digit rushing yards.
5. Tyreek Hill made a block on Williams’ touchdown run while showing off his ridiculous speed.
The league is well aware of what Hill can do with the ball in his hands, but he still found a way to show off his blazing speed during Williams’ touchdown run. Hill accelerated in Williams’ wake to shield the lone defender in pursuit, allowing the one they call “Dame Dash” to do the rest.
Amazing, according to Next Gen Stats, Hill reached the fastest speed of any player over the last two seasons on the play.
6. Hill also made some plays with the football, putting together his best performance of the season.
Hill hauled in six catches for a season-high 140 yards and a touchdown, marking his first 100-yard game of the season. Hill’s score – a 40-yard strike from Moore – was the 25-year-old Hill’s 15th touchdown from scrimmage that covered at least 40 yards, which are the most in the NFL since 2016.
The electric Hill has recorded 20 touchdowns of at least 40 yards when factoring in his contributions on special teams, making him one of just six players to tally 20 or more 40-yard touchdowns in their first four seasons as a professional. Only Bob Hayes (24), Randy Moss (23) and Jerry Rice (21) notched more through four seasons, and Hill still has seven games to go.
Hill is also one of just five players to have 20 or more 40-yard touchdowns under the age of 26.
Stats and records aside, Hill also made perhaps the play of the game when he caught a 41-yard pass from Moore amidst strong coverage to set up Butker’s 54-yard, game-tying field goal late in the contest.
What makes it all the more impressive is that Minnesota had yielded just eight receptions of 30+ yards all season until Moore and Hill connected for three such plays all by themselves.
7. Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins each put together solid games.
Kelce and Watkins tied for the team-lead with seven catches each, combining for 125 yards. In fact, Hill, Kelce and Watkins became the first trio of teammates to each record 60+ yards receiving against Minnesota’s heralded defense this season.
Watkins – who hauled in an incredible, one-handed grab during the game – surpassed 4,000 career receiving yards with his performance.
8. The Chiefs’ run defense turned in a strong effort against Vikings’ tailback Dalvin Cook.
Cook, who entered the game as the league’s leading rusher, was held to just 71 yards on 21 carries, amassing his lowest rushing total as a professional when given at least 20 carries.
And, as Sports Radio 810’s Soren Petro points out, Minnesota isn’t used to the opposition slowing down their running game.
Speaking of shutting down stars, the Chiefs’ pass defense also held wide receiver Stefon Diggs to just one reception for four yards.
9. Chris Jones tallied a sack in his return to action.
Jones hit the field for the first time since Week 5 on Sunday and didn’t waste any time making his presence felt. The fourth-year defensive lineman recorded his third sack of the year late in the first half, bringing a Vikings’ drive to an end in the process.
10. The Colquitt brothers faced off against one another yet again as professionals.
Chiefs’ punter Dustin Colquitt and his brother, Vikings’ punter Britton Colquitt, shared the field as professionals for the 14th time.
Dustin made it three in a row on Sunday.