In tonight’s “Chiefs wrap up” we talk about how the Chiefs played on a cold December night, in a crazy 2020 NFL season. The Chiefs and Broncos met for a second time this season. This time, the game was close, but the Chiefs were able to close out the Broncos at home. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs won the first matchup between the two in Denver at Mile High Stadium and luckily, due to Drew Lock’s errors, they were able to come away with the sweep.
In their first encounter this season, the ground was a bit wet from the snow. That hurt the Broncos more than it hurt the Chiefs, as we have found out from past snow games, Patrick Mahomes loves playing in cold-weather. It showed as they destroyed the Broncos 43-16 behind the Chief’s excellent defensive performance. That made the “Chiefs wrap up” after that game an easy one to write.
This time it was not nearly as easy and KC was lucky to have come away with the win. In a closer game than most probably expected, the Chiefs were able to pull out a 22-16 win and clinch a playoff spot behind some great performances.
Chiefs wrap up: good performances
Travis Kelce, TE
There is no doubt that Kelce was Mahomes best weapon tonight. In a game against an excellent secondary, Kelce showed out. He was able to be a bailout option for Mahomes at times, as it seemed he was always open. His route running was perfect, as usual, as was his ability to bust a defensive coverage with his IQ for the game.
With eight receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown, Kelce showed why he is the first tight end to ever have five consecutive seasons of over 1,000 yards. Not only did Kelce get it done through the air, but he also showed his run block ability on a big play by Tyreek Hill.
Tyrann Mathieu, S
The two-time all-pro member led the Chiefs on the defensive side of the ball last night. He started the game with an interception in the first quarter, when Drew Lock threw into what looked like triple coverage. Mathieu also ended the game with an interception on Lock, which happened to seal the game and help the Chiefs close out the Broncos. After having somewhat of a rough game against the Raiders, the Honey Badger has stepped it up against Tampa and Denver in back-to-back weeks.
His two pass deflections were also very crucial tonight, as he broke up what could have turned into big plays when you consider the speed Denver has. “The Landlord” seemed back to himself, as he was always near the ball.
Harrison Butker, K
There is no doubt that Butker is one of the many heroes of this game, as he did not leave any points on the board. In 2019, Butker was the NFL’s leading scorer, and this year he is 17-19, including a perfect 5-5 against Denver this Sunday.
His excellent outing tied his best career game as a Chiefs kicker, as he banged home a 48 yarder. Butker is deservedly the special team’s MVP. His last field goal cemented his mark on the game, while also helping the Chiefs close out the Broncos
Darrel Williams, RB
All season Darrel Williams has yet to have a game with over 40% of the offensive snaps and still did not this Sunday. However, in the little time Williams showed, he played great.
Entering in during the fourth quarter, Williams provided a spark and quickly picked up a few first downs. One of the first downs was on an option play with Mahomes that was pitched to Williams, and he turned it into a five-yard first down. In the end, Williams rushed six times and finished with 38 yards, helping the Chiefs close out the Broncos.
Chiefs wrap up: looking ahead
Coming up, the Chiefs will be playing the red-hot Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are currently in a wildcard spot for the playoffs and are a much-improved team from last year. At 8-4 on the year, they have vital wins against some good teams and are a very well-disciplined team.
The game will be played in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium, a place the Chiefs are familiar with. Last year, Kansas City won their second-ever championship in the Dolphin’s Stadium. Hopefully, in next week’s Chiefs wrap up, we will be talking about another good game. That should be the case unless Patrick Mahomes and company decide to go off, which is certainly possible every time they step onto the field.
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