The Kansas City Chiefs preserved their perfect record on Sunday, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium to move to 5-0 on the year.
Here are 12 quick facts about the game.
1. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes found the end zone with his legs to put the Chiefs in front early
The Chiefs jumped out to an early lead when Mahomes scrambled for a 4-yard touchdown on Kansas City’s first offensive possession. It marked the second rushing score of Mahomes’ young career and the fourth time in five games that the Chiefs have found the end zone on their opening series.
It was also Mahomes’ 16th total touchdown in just five games this season.
2. And as it turns out, the Jaguars hadn’t allowed a first-half touchdown in a while
Mahomes’ dash into the end zone represented the first time that the Jaguars had yielded a touchdown in the first half all season long. It also created Jacksonville’s largest deficit of the season less than 10 minutes into the first quarter.
3. Mahomes went on to throw for more than 300 yards in the game
Though Mahomes didn’t have a touchdown through the air on Sunday, he still amassed 313 yards passing on the day – an uncommon feat against Jacksonville’s highly-touted pass defense.
4. Those yards have all added up at a record pace
With 1,513 passing yards on the season already, Mahomes has thrown for the most yards through five games in franchise history.
He’s also the first Chiefs’ quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards in four consecutive games since Trent Green in 2004.
It’s worth mentioning that Mahomes threw the first interception of the season last weekend, but it certainly took a while.
5. Tight end Travis Kelce had yet another productive afternoon
Mahomes found Kelce five times for 100 yards in the game, marking the All-Pro tight end’s third 100-yard game of the season and his 13th since the beginning of the 2016 campaign – tied with Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones and Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown for the most in the NFL in that span.
6. Additionally, it was the best performance by a tight end against Jacksonville all season
Kelce’s big game was even more impressive when considering the opposition.
7. Defensive end Chris Jones also showed off his hands in the first half
With the Chiefs protecting a 13-point lead late in the first half, Jones picked off Jaguars’ quarterback Blake Bortles and brought it all the way back for a 20-yard touchdown.
It marked Kansas City’s first defensive score of the season and their first pick-six in quite a while.
It was also the first touchdown of Jones’ career.
8. It was the first of four interceptions for Kansas City on the day
Safety Jordan Lucas, cornerback Steve Nelson and cornerback Orlando Scandrick each tallied their first interceptions of the season on Sunday. For Lucas and Nelson, it marked the first interception of each players’ career.
9. Overall, the Chiefs forced five turnovers in the victory
Linebacker Dee Ford sacked Bortles in the first half, jarring the ball free and rookie linebacker Breeland Speaks pounced on it. Altogether, the Chiefs’ five takeaways were their most since Week 8 of last season against the Denver Broncos.
10. In addition to taking the ball away, Kansas City also got after the passer
Kansas City had five sacks on Sunday, with each sack coming from a different player. Linebacker Dee Ford, linebacker Terrance Smith, defensive tackle Xavier Williams, defensive end Allen Bailey and defensive end Chris Jones all brought Bortles down on the afternoon.
Smith’s sack was the first of his career while Williams notched his first sack in a Chiefs’ uniform.
11. The Chiefs ended up scoring the most points that Jacksonville has allowed all year
The Chiefs’ efforts on offense – in addition to Jones’ dash to the end zone – combined to post the most points that Jacksonville had allowed all season.
12. And through five games, this offense is something else
The Chiefs have scored 175 points already this season – the most through five weeks in franchise history.