The Chiefs tallied different preseason triumph connected Friday nighttime Matt McMullen
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 17-10, astatine State Farm Stadium connected Friday nighttime arsenic the preseason continued successful mentation for the upcoming campaign.
Leading by a touchdown with conscionable nether 2 minutes remaining and facing a third-and-10, tailback Derrick Gore picked up 11 yards to determination the chains and efficaciously unafraid the victory. It closed retired a crippled successful which the Chiefs led from commencement to finish, and contempt a precocious Cardinals' rally, Gore's conversion ensured that Kansas City near the godforsaken with a win.
Chiefs' backmost Patrick Mahomes led 3 drives for Kansas City, completing 10-of-18 passes for 78 yards earlier exiting midway done the 2nd quarter.
The Chiefs marched 15 plays connected their opening drive, arsenic Mahomes completed 5-of-8 passes for 42 yards - including 2 connections with wide receiver Mecole Hardman for a full of 19 yards - earlier kicker Harrison Butker enactment Kansas City successful beforehand with a 24-yard tract goal.
The opening bid included 2 fourth-down conversions - a five-yard reception by wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and a five-yard scramble by Mahomes - successful what amounted to a textbook illustration of however preseason shot tin beryllium beneficial successful moving connected real-world situations.
"It's ace valuable," Mahomes said. "I thought we did a large occupation connected 4th down past year, truthful it's decidedly thing that we'll astir apt proceed to do. It's [Head] Coach [Andy] Reid and [Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy] having assurance successful us, and for maine - if we're facing third-and-long - I cognize that if we're capable to get it to a fourth-and-short situation, we'll much than apt person a accidental to spell for it."
Quarterback Chad Henne aboriginal came connected successful alleviation of Mahomes successful the closing minutes of the 2nd 4th and went connected to pb a touchdown thrust successful his 2nd bid of work, arsenic helium floated a 17-yard walk to the extremity portion successful the absorption of Hardman, who adjusted his assemblage to marque a terrific drawback for the score.
The scoring onslaught was instantly proceeded by a 41-yard transportation down the mediate of the tract betwixt Henne and wide receiver Byron Pringle, who led each receivers connected the nighttime with 4 catches for 63 yards.
The Chiefs' defense, meanwhile, was the communicative of the archetypal fractional arsenic Kansas City didn't output a archetypal down done Arizona's archetypal 4 possessions. In fact, successful the 3 drives that Cardinals' starting backmost Kyler Murray led for Arizona, the Chiefs allowed nett full of -1 yards.
That antiaircraft effort was aboriginal punctuated erstwhile information Juan Thornhill picked disconnected Cardinals' backmost Colt McCoy with a tremendous, diving drawback successful the extremity portion that thwarted a scoring menace and fundamentally ended the archetypal half.
It was an breathtaking play for Thornhill, who is present a afloat play removed from the torn ACL that ended his rookie season.
"It felt great," Thornhill said. "Doing that connected nationalist TV and showing everybody that I tin inactive play the mode that I utilized to, that was a large feeling."
Rookie backmost Shane Buechele - who led Kansas City's game-winning thrust against San Francisco past week - took implicit nether halfway to statesman the 2nd fractional and promptly led different scoring drive, completing 7-of-8 passes for 66 yards and a 5-yard touchdown onslaught to tailback Jerick McKinnon. The bid - which covered 87 yards crossed 12 plays - made it 17 unanswered points to statesman the crippled for Kansas City.
Arizona managed to muster a rally arsenic the 3rd 4th drew to a adjacent - tallying 10 unanswered points to propulsion wrong a touchdown - but backmost Anthony Gordon led the Chiefs heavy into Cardinals' territory connected their last thrust to acceptable up Gore's game-icing dash.
Tailback Darwin Thompson besides enactment unneurotic a beardown performance, tallying 49 rushing yards connected 8 carries. The erstwhile sixth-round prime chipped successful 2 receptions for 7 yards and tallied a 37-yard kickoff instrumentality precocious successful the 3rd quarter.
Elsewhere, wide receiver Daurice Fountain was erstwhile again awesome successful the passing crippled with 3 catches for 54 yards, including a 41-yard reception heavy down the sideline precocious successful the 3rd quarter.
In presumption of injuries, cornerback Rashad Fenton didn't play owed to a hamstring wounded sustained anterior to the game. Tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire near with an ankle wounded and tailback Darrel Williams is successful the concussion protocol. Additionally, Reid elected not to play wide receiver Tyreek Hill (hamstring) arsenic a precautionary measure.
The Chiefs volition present caput backmost location to GEHA Field astatine Arrowhead Stadium to wrapper up the preseason against the Minnesota Vikings connected Friday, Aug. 27.