The Washington Post

Mahomes calmly rallies Kansas City

- BY DAVE SKRETTA

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Every time the Kansas City Chiefs needed a big play Sunday, their magician under center produced the kind of mesmerizin­g moment that left the Cleveland Browns shaking their heads in awe and frustratio­n.

There was Patrick Mahomes’s 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill, on which he lofted the ball deep downfield and his wide receiver made an incredible adjustment. The crucial throws that kept drives alive.

And ultimately, the touchdown pass to Travis Kelce that completed a comeback from a 12-point hole and gave Kansas City a 33-29 victory.

“That’s Patrick Mahomes being Patrick Mahomes,” Hill said. “There it is.”

On the field, Mahomes finished with 337 yards passing and three touchdowns while running for a score. On the sideline, he helped to instill the confidence in a struggling Kansas City defense that it could make plays when it mattered down the stretch.

“You love his attitude because he always feels like we’re in it,” Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said. “He does such a great job with the guys around him. He’s a great communicat­or during tough times on the sideline.”

There were plenty of those Sunday.

Yet the Chiefs still managed to win their fifth straight against Cleveland, including a 22-17 playoff win in January, and their 15th consecutiv­e game in September. They also pushed Andy Reid within one win of reaching 100 with two franchises.

Mahomes had plenty of help: Hill finished with 11 catches for 197 yards and that momentumsh­ifting touchdown, and Kelce had a pair of touchdown catches, including the go-ahead score with 7:02 remaining in the game.

As for the Browns? They fell to 1-21-1 in season openers since they returned to Cleveland in 1999, extending their NFL mark to 17 consecutiv­e defeats. They haven’t won an opener on the road since the 1994 season.

“It’s tough, right? But at the same time, we constantly get reminded this is a team game in all phases,” said Baker Mayfield, who threw for 321 yards but was picked off by Mike Hughes with 1:09 left to end any hopes of a comeback.

“You have to play together, good complement­ary football,” Mayfield said, “and if you don’t do that and there’s still time on the clock, there’s a chance you get beat. Unfortunat­ely, we’ve been on the wrong side of that.”

Nick Chubb ran for 83 yards and two scores, and Kareem Hunt and Jarvis Landry also had touchdown runs for the Browns.

The game was a rematch of a physical, defensive-minded playoff game that Kansas City clinched when backup quarterbac­k Chad Henne threw a fourthdown pass to Hill for a first down with just over a minute to go.

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