Saturday Recap: Chiefs Outlast Broncos; Cowboys Decimate Eagles
The NFL regular season has finally concluded and the playoffs are set. In the first 17-game season since the start of the merger, week 18 concluded with two Saturday games.
The Broncos hosted the Chiefs while the Eagles hosted the Cowboys for the last game of their respective season. Heading into Saturday’s games, The Cowboys had already clinched their division while the Eagles clinched a wildcard spot. The Chiefs clinched the AFC West while the Broncos headed into their season finale without any playoff hopes, being eliminated. The three playoff teams that played on Saturday still needed to play their starters and try to win, as they were all fighting for higher seeding heading into the playoffs. Here’s a recap of the two games that were played on Saturday.
Chiefs Outlast the Broncos 28-24 With a Late Nick Bolton Touchdown
The first of the two Saturday games was a competitive one with a total of five lead changes. The most important play of the game came when Chiefs defensive end, Melvin Ingram blasted Melvin Gordon which caused him to fumble, and Chiefs linebacker, Nick Bolton picked it up and returned it 86 yards for the touchdown. This gave the Chiefs a 28-21 lead after being down by one, having the two-point attempt successful after their touchdown. The game started with the Chiefs. scoring a touchdown on their first drive capped off by a 3-yard touchdown reception from tight end Travis Kelce.
Kansas City burned 7:41 of the clock capping a 17-play 91-yard drive. The Broncos would respond back with two touchdowns on consecutive drives to take the lead 14-7. Quarterback, Drew Lock was accountable for both touchdowns as he rushed for both, including a career-high 23-yard touchdown run. The Chiefs would only score a field goal in the remainder of the half and trailed 14-10 at halftime. Kansas City came out in the second half and scored first, taking the lead 17-14 after a 14-yard reception from Jerick McKinnon. Denver would take their last lead of the night on their ensuing drive which was capped off by a big 47-yard touchdown run from Gordon.
Andy Reid and the Chiefs scored 11 points in the final quarter to give them a 28-21 lead before the lead got cut to four after a Denver field goal. Patrick Mahomes threw for 270 yards and a pair of touchdowns while leading the team in rushing with 54 yards. The Broncos rushed for a total of 191 yards and three touchdowns and finished the season 7-10 while the Chiefs finished 12-5.
Cowboys Decimate Division-Foe Eagles 51-26
The second of the two Saturday games was unlike the first, not competitive. Dallas defeated the Eagles with ease, 51-26 with Dak Prescott throwing for five touchdowns and 295 yards. Prescott threw four of his five touchdowns in the first half with Dalton Schultz and Cedrick Wilson each scoring two touchdowns. The Cowboys led 30-17 at halftime with no intentions of putting Dak on the bench.
Heading into the game, Dallas already clinched the NFC East, but, they were fighting to win to get the number two seed in the NFC. As for the Eagles, they rested a lot of their starters and some were unable to play due to COVID. Philadelphia had already clinched a wild-card spot and had no chance at winning the NFC East. The Eagles held an early 7-0 lead after their first drive and had the fans chanting, “Eagles” after that. From there on, it was all Dallas. The score would be tied 10-10 to begin the first quarter before Dallas went on a tear.
Dallas scored the quarter’s last 13 points to have a comfortable 30-17 lead at halftime. The Eagles would go on to score just nine points in the second half with Quez Watkins scoring the last play of the game. Dallas picked up where they left off in the second-half scoring three touchdowns and securing a 51-26 victory.
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