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Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts About the Chiefs’ Victory Over Arizona

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 26-14, on Sunday to move to 9-1 on the season.

Here are 10 interesting notes about the game.

1. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes now owns the franchise record for touchdown passes in a season

For fifty-four years, Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson’s 30-touchdown season in 1964 stood alone as the most prolific season for a quarterback in franchise history.

As of Sunday, that record now belongs to Mahomes.

The 23-year-old Mahomes tossed a 14-yard touchdown to wide receiver Tyreek Hill late in the second quarter for his second scoring strike of the day and his 31st of the season, breaking Dawson’s mark in just 10 games.

Mahomes’ 31 touchdowns are tied with Aaron Rodgers (2011) for the fourth-most through 10 games in NFL history, trailing only Tom Brady (38 in 2007) and Peyton Manning (35 in 2004 and 34 in 2013).

2. Mahomes’ first touchdown was a quick one

The Chiefs marched 75 yards on their opening possession in just three plays and 56 seconds, culminating in a 37-yard scoring pass from Mahomes to Hill. It marked the Chiefs’ quickest opening drive of at least 75 yards since the 2012 season, and continued Kansas City’s trend of scoring on their initial possession.

3. Hill put together a huge game on Sunday

The fleet-footed Hill was utilized early and often on Sunday, amassing 99 yards from scrimmage in the first quarter alone. It marked the third-most scrimmage yards in a first quarter for a single player in franchise history, trailing only Travis Kelce (2016) and Jamaal Charles (2012).

Hill went on to tally 137 total offensive yards in the game, with 117 of those yards coming through the air. It was Hill’s third game with 100-plus receiving yards this season and the seventh of his young career.

And with two touchdowns on the afternoon, Hill already has more receiving touchdowns this season than he did in all of 2017 (7).

Hill’s performance left Cardinals’ receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who passed Terrell Owens for the second-most receiving yards in NFL history on Sunday, impressed with Kansas City’s young wide out.

4. Running Back Kareem Hunt surpassed 1,000 scrimmage yards on the season

Hunt picked up 96 yards of offense on Sunday and now has 1,091 yards on the season, joining just nine other players in the NFL to have at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage. The second-year running back has 754 rushing yards and 337 receiving yards on the campaign.

It marks a second-straight year with at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage for Hunt, making the former third-round pick just the second player in franchise history ever to begin their career with back-to-back seasons of quadruple-figure scrimmage yards. Abner Haynes is the only other player to do it, accomplishing the feat from 1960-61.

5. Tailback Spencer Ware found the end zone for the first time in a while

Ware plowed ahead for a 3-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter that effectively secured the game, and for the six-year veteran, this one was special.

Ware hadn’t found the end zone in the regular season since Week 13 in 2016 after missing all of the 2017 campaign with a knee injury, and while several Cardinals’ defenders were there to meet him at the 2-yard line, Ware was not going to be denied.

“Finally got the monkey off my back and I’m trying to get more,” Ware said following the game.

Ware is the 12th player to score a touchdown for Kansas City this season.

6. Each of those scores helped the Chiefs maintain their torrid offensive pace

Kansas City now has an NFL-most 353 points on the season, which is the most through 10 games in franchise history. The previous mark was held by the 1966 Chiefs, who scored 343 points through 10 games.

For those wondering, Kansas City would need to average 42.2 points per game through the final six contests of the year to reach the NFL record of 606, which was set by the Denver Broncos in 2013.

7. Linebacker Justin Houston’s timely interception was the play of the game

Houston, who had missed each of the last four games due to injury, snagged the fourth interception of his career on Sunday early in the fourth quarter. It was Houston’s first pick since Week 11 of the 2015 season.

The play was critical considering that the Chiefs led by just six at the time, and it set up Ware’s eventual touchdown a few plays later.

Houston also chipped in five quarterback pressures on the day, according to Pro Football Focus.

8. Defensive end Chris Jones put together yet another impressive game

Jones tallied two sacks, seven pressures, three hits, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in the victory, notching a sack for a sixth-consecutive game.

The streak is tied for the second-longest in franchise history, trailing only Houston’s eight-game streak between the 2014-15 seasons, and with seven sacks now on the year, Jones has already surpassed his total from all of 2017 (6.5).

And as Sports Radio 810’s Soren Petro points out, getting after the quarterback that often isn’t easy for a defensive lineman.

9. The efforts of Jones, Houston and the rest of the defense created some ridiculous pressure

The Chiefs pressured Cardinals’ quarterback Josh Rosen on 54.5 percent of his dropbacks on Sunday, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, which is the highest pressure rate by a team in any game this season.

Kansas City matched their season-high with five sacks in the game, with Jones (2), Dee Ford (1), Allen Bailey (1) and Ron Parker (1) all getting in on the action.

As a whole, the Chiefs tallied a ridiculous 29 pressures in the game, according to Pro Football Focus.

10. The Chiefs remained undefeated at Arrowhead this season 

The Chiefs are undefeated at Arrowhead this season, standing as one of just four teams in the league yet to lose at home.

Sunday’s victory marked the Chiefs’ 22nd win in their last 26 games at Arrowhead Stadium – tied with New England for the most home wins in that span.

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