The Kansas City Chiefs snapped their two-game slide with a victory over the rival Denver Broncos on Thursday night despite losing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a knee injury early in the second quarter.
Veteran signal caller Matt Moore stepped in for the reigning MVP and performed admirably, leading the Chiefs to the win alongside a tenacious effort from the defense.
Here are 10 interesting notes about the game.
1. Andy Reid notched the 200th regular-season victory of his brilliant career.
Reid has been finding success for quite a while now, and the wins have piled up. With his 200th career regular-season victory on Thursday, he matched former Chiefs’ head coach Marty Schottenheimer for the sixth-most in NFL history.
Only Don Shula, George Halas, Bill Belichick, Tom Landry and Curly Lambeau have more regular-season wins than Reid.
2. Mahomes broke an NFL record before departing the game.
The 24-year-old Mahomes added to his lengthy resume on Thursday night, surpassing 7,500 passing yards for his career while becoming the fastest player to do so in NFL history (24 games).
Mahomes completed 10-of-11 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown before departing with the injury.
3. Mecole Hardman tallied the third touchdown of his young career.
Hardman was on the receiving end of Mahomes’ lone touchdown pass, hauling in a 21-yard grab to push Kansas City in front early in the game.
It marked the third touchdown of Hardman’s career - all of which have covered 20+ yards – and the first score from scrimmage allowed by the Broncos since Week 4.
4. Tyreek Hill was back in the end zone for a third time in two games.
Hill appears to have picked up right where he left off after returning to action from a shoulder injury that kept him on the sideline from Weeks 2-4. After hauling in two touchdown grabs last week, Hill was back in the end zone once again on Thursday night with a 57-yard catch from Moore.
To put Hill’s electric play-making ability in perspective, the score was Hill’s 17th career touchdown that covered 50+ yards, doing so in just 50 games as a professional.
The guy also loves to play under the lights.
5. The defense dominated on Thursday with nine sacks.
The Chiefs tallied nine sacks in the victory, which was Kansas City’s highest total in a single game since 2013 and tied for the second-most by any team this season.
Anthony Hitchens (2.0 sacks), Frank Clark (2.0 sacks), Alex Okafor (2.0 sacks), Emmanuel Ogbah (1.0 sack), Reggie Ragland (1.0 sack) and Armani Watts (1.0 sack) all contributed to that effort as the defense wreaked havoc on Broncos’ quarterback Joe Flacco all night long.
In fact, Clark, Hitchens and Okafor – who each logged multiple sacks and a forced fumble – combined to accomplish something that hadn’t been done in quite some time.
Additionally, the Chiefs’ six sacks in the first half were the team’s most in any half since 2013 and tied for the most by a team in the first half of a single game this season.
6. Ragland turned one of those sacks into six points.
After Hitchens swatted the ball free from Flacco midway through the second quarter, Ragland scooped it up and returned it five yards for the first touchdown of his career.
Kansas City leads the NFL with two fumble-recovery touchdowns this season.
7. The defense stepped up in a big way all night long.
The Chiefs held Denver – who had won two-straight games headed into Thursday’s matchup – to just 205 total yards, 71 rushing yards and 1-of-13 on third down in the game. In fact, following a Broncos’ touchdown on their opening possession, Denver managed just 130 yards of offense the rest of the game.
8. It all helped the Chiefs tally their biggest win at Mile High in quite some time.
Kansas City posted 30 unanswered points following the Broncos’ opening-drive touchdown, making some history in the process.
9. Kansas City has now won eight-straight over the Broncos.
The Chiefs have enjoyed a great stretch of success over Denver of late, winning eight-consecutive contests. Kansas City hasn’t dropped a game to the Broncos since 2015, marking the longest streak over Denver in the Super Bowl era.
Kansas City is averaging 29.4 points-per-game during the streak.
10. Dustin Colquitt added another milestone to his brilliant career.
Colquitt has now recorded 450 career punts inside the 20-yard line, joining Jeff Feagles and Shane Lechler as one of only three players in NFL history to do so.
The 15-year veteran is simply one of the best to ever play the position.