Chiefs outlast Jaguars in return of Travis Kelce, Chris Jones

On Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-9, with Patrick Mahomes passing for 305 yards and two touchdowns.

After a season-opening 21-20 setback to the Detroit Lions, the Chiefs (1-1) rallied with touchdown throws to Skyy Moore and Travis Kelce. After missing the opening due to a hyperextended knee, Kelce caught four receptions for 26 yards, and Mahomes completed 29 of 41 with one interception.
Chris Jones and George Karlaftis had 1.5 sacks for Kansas City. Jones’ first game after the holdout.

The Chiefs defeated Jacksonville for the eighth straight meeting, including last season’s 27-20 AFC divisional stage win, with a 399-271 yards lead.

Trevor Lawrence completed 22 of 41 passes for 216 yards for the Jaguars (1-1). Christian Kirk caught 11 for 110 yards, while Zay Jones and Calvin Ridley missed end-zone shots.

After a slow first half, the Chiefs opened the third quarter with a seven-play, 81-yard touchdown drive.

Isiah Pacheco started the drive with a 31-yard rush, and Mahomes converted two third-down attempts, including a 9-yard ball to Kelce, to make it 14-6 with 11:30 left in the third quarter.

The score was Mahomes’ 47th touchdown pass to Kelce. That broke the 1965-74 Kansas City record of 46 times Len Dawson met Otis Taylor.

The Jaguars had first-and-goal from the Chiefs’ 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter, but Brandon McManus’ 22-yard field goal saved them. Lawrence lost 3 yards on a run, Zay Jones had one foot in the end zone on a second-down pass, and Calvin Ridley got none on a third-down toss.

The Chiefs responded with a 13-play, 55-yard drive after not cashing in. With 8:10 left, Harrison Butker made a 38-yard field goal to make it 17-9.

Jaguars dashed again. On fourth-and-12 from the Kansas City 16, Lawrence threw to Ridley in the end zone. Ridley bobbled and corralled the ball but had one foot down on the incompletion with 4:18 left.

A 54-yard throw play by Mahomes and Moore with 1:50 left sealed it for the Chiefs, who ran out the clock.

Kansas City led 7-6 at halftime. Mahomes tossed a touchdown to Moore, and McManus kicked 32 and 49-yard field goals for Jacksonville. Before McManus’ first field goal, Jones had one foot in the end zone on a would-be reception early in the second quarter.

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