PITTSBURGH — Patrick Mahomes tied a franchise report with six landing passes and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs placed on a formidable offensive show in a 42-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Mahomes completed 23 of 28 for 326 yards in his third profession begin because the Chiefs (2-0) received in Pittsburgh for the primary time since 1986. Mahomes, who turns 23 on Monday, has 10 landing passes via two weeks, probably the most ever by a quarterback via two video games in NFL historical past.
Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 109 yards and two scores. Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, Kareem Hunt and Demarcus Robinson additionally hauled in landing passes because the Chiefs recovered within the second half after blowing an early 21-pont lead.
“I see Pat doing this all season lengthy,” Kelce stated. “He’s received the boldness. So long as we give him time and get open as extensive outs and tight ends and operating backs, he’s going to have the ability to get the most effective out of everybody.”
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shook off an achy proper elbow that restricted him in follow in the course of the week, finishing 39 of 60 passes for 452 yards and three touchdowns. The 36-year-old additionally leapt into the tip zone for a 3-yard rating with 1:59 to go that received the Steelers (0-1-1) inside 5.
Somewhat than try an onside kick, Pittsburgh despatched it deep. Two runs by Hunt gave Kansas Metropolis a giant first down and Steelers linebacker Tyler Matakevich was flagged for roughing the punter, permitting the Chiefs to expire the clock and put the two-time defending AFC North champions in an early season gap.
“It’s not enjoyable, but it surely’s nonetheless early,” Roethlisberger stated. “It’s type of the place are we going to go from right here. It’s type of a mirror, intestine examine, no matter you need to name it. We’ll see how everybody needs to reply.”
Kansas Metropolis’s first victory in Pittsburgh in 32 years is perhaps the primary of a number of turnarounds by the Chiefs, who made the stunning resolution commerce away veteran Alex Smith within the offseason and place the franchise within the palms of untested however strong-armed Mahomes.
To this point, so very, excellent.
Per week after throwing for 4 scores in a victory over the Chargers, Mahomes picked up proper the place he left off. He wanted simply 13 minutes to toss three landing passes because the Chiefs constructed a fast 21-Zero lead, the final one a flip within the flat to Hunt during which the operating again walked via a deal with by rookie security Terrell Edmunds and into the tip zone.
The Steelers obtained the break they wanted to get again into the sport when a Roethlisberger fumble that resulted in a Kansas Metropolis landing was waved off as a consequence of a defensive penalty. Pittsburgh reeled off touchdowns on its subsequent three possessions to tug even on the break.
The Steelers stalled a bit within the second half. Mahomes didn’t.
A nifty toe-tap by Robinson behind the tip zone put Kansas Metropolis up 35-28 with 3:15 left within the third quarter. Kansas Metropolis’s subsequent possession ended with Mahomes getting the ball to Hill, who darted 29 yards to the tip zone.
“It’s going nice proper now,” Hill stated. “Pat is doing this factor. Actually, the entire offense is doing its factor.”
STATS AND MORE STATS
The six landing passes by Mahomes tied probably the most ever allowed by the Steelers in franchise historical past. Buffalo Payments Corridor of Famer Jim Kelly threw six towards Pittsburgh in 1991. … Pittsburgh tight finish Jesse James set a career-high with 138 yards receiving. … Steelers extensive receiver Antonio Brown caught 9 passes for 67 yards, turning into the quickest participant in NFL historical past to cross the 750-career reception whole (117 video games). … Roethlisberger moved previous John Elway and into seventh for profession passing yards. … The Chiefs scored six touchdowns and had simply 27:49 time of possession. Their longest scoring drive lasted simply 3:57. … Mahomes’ six scores tied Len Dawson’s franchise mark set in 1964 towards Denver when the Chiefs performed within the American Soccer League.
Chiefs: Get properly Eric Berry. The veteran security stays out with a sore heel and Kansas Metropolis’s defensive backfield hasn’t precisely stepped up in his absence. The Chiefs have allowed 870 yards within the air via two video games. A part of the blame — if that’s the phrase — may be positioned on opponents taking part in catch-up after getting buried early by Mahomes and firm.
Steelers: Pittsburgh’s secondary badly missed cornerback Joe Haden, who sat out with a strained proper hamstring. There gave the impression to be communication points all over early on, significantly when it got here to discovering a method to guard Kelce.
Chiefs: Welcome San Francisco to Arrowhead Stadium of their 2018 house opener subsequent Sunday.
Steelers: Head to Tampa Bay for a Monday night time assembly with the Buccaneers on Sept. 24.