The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders, 40-33, to earn their 10th victory of the season on Sunday afternoon.
Here are 10 quick facts about the game.
1. Tight end Travis Kelce put together the best game of his career
Kelce hauled in 12 passes for 168 yards in the contest - setting career-highs in both categories – while finding the end zone twice. His receiving total was the most by a tight end in franchise history.
Additionally, the performance marked Kelce’s fifth 100-yard game of the season and his 15th since the beginning of 2016, trailing only wide receivers Julio Jones (19), Antonio Brown (16) and Adam Thielen (16) in that category.
The six-year veteran now has a career-high nine touchdowns on the season and is just six catches shy of matching a personal best with four games left to play.
2. Kelce now has 1,000 yards on the season for a third-straight year
The 29-year-old Kelce crossed the 1,000-yard mark for a third-consecutive campaign on Sunday, becoming just the second tight end in NFL history to tally three-straight 1,000-yard seasons, joining Greg Olsen.
Kelce is just 43 yards shy of matching his career-high in yardage set in 2016, and with 246 more yards on the year, Kelce can pass Rob Gronkowski for the most receiving yards in a single season by a tight end in NFL history.
3. The man getting Kelce the ball, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, threw four touchdowns
Mahomes tossed four-plus touchdowns for a seventh time in 12 games this year, which is already the second-most in a single season in NFL history. Only Peyton Manning, who fired four or more touchdowns nine times in 2013, had more in a single year.
All of those touchdowns have added up to a league-leading 41 scores – the second-most through 12 games in NFL history behind only Manning’s 44 in 2004.
Furthermore, Mahomes posted a 120.0 passer rating on the afternoon, matching Steve DeBerg (1990) for the most games with a 100.0+ passer rating in a single season in franchise history (10).
4. Mahomes is the fastest player to 4,000 career passing yards in NFL history
The 23-year-old Mahomes surpassed 4,000 passing yards for his career on Sunday, and as Sports Radio 810’s Soren Petro points out, Mahomes is the fastest player in NFL history to reach the mark, doing so in just 13 games.
5. The Chiefs scored 40+ points for a fifth time this season
Kansas City piled up 40 points on Sunday for the fifth time this season, matching the 2003 squad for the most such games in Chiefs’ history. It was also their 10th performance with at least 30 points in 12 games, extending what was already a franchise record.
This is already the fifth-most prolific offense in Chiefs’ history with 444 points on the year, and there are still four games left to play. Kansas City just needs 41 points over the next month to take over the top spot in franchise lore.
6. On the other side of the ball, Kansas City forced and recovered three fumbles
The Chiefs punched the ball loose and recovered it three times in the victory, turning those takeaways into 13 points. Defensive end Allen Bailey, cornerback Kendall Fuller and defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins were each responsible for a turnover in the contest.
It’s also worth mentioning that linebacker Dee Ford tallied a forced fumble in the game, though the Raiders recovered it.
Kansas City has 16 forced fumbles on the season, which are the second-most in the league.
7. The Chiefs were in the backfield often on Sunday
The pass-rush was bringing it to Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr all afternoon, providing pressure on an eye-popping 17 snaps – or roughly half of Carr’s dropbacks – according to Pro Football Focus.
Ford made it home on two of those pressures, recording 1.5 sacks and establishing a career-high with 10.5 on the year, while Bailey (0.5 sack) and defensive end Chris Jones (1.0 sack) also brought down Carr.
The Chiefs now have 39 sacks this season, which are the second-most in the NFL to only the Pittsburgh Steelers (41).
8. Jones’ sack streak is now at eight-straight games
Jones has been on a tear defensively over the last two months, notching a sack in each of his last eight games and matching linebacker Justin Houston for the longest such streak in franchise history.
The three-year veteran was rewarded for his impressive play last month, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for November.
9. The Chiefs improved to 20-2 against the AFC West since 2015
Kansas City has enjoyed a remarkable run of success against divisional foes over the last four seasons, winning 20 of their last 22 matchups. The Chiefs own a plus-23 turnover differential in those games and are outscoring the opposition by 9.7 points.
The Chiefs’ 20 victories over the AFC West in that span are the most of any team against their own division in the NFL, leading second-place New England by three games.
10. Kansas City now has double-digit wins for a fourth-straight season
By securing their 10th victory of the campaign on Sunday, the Chiefs recorded double-digit wins on the season for a fourth year in a row, matching the longest streak in franchise history (90-93).
The Chiefs have the second-most wins in the NFL over that span (43), trailing only New England (48).