Kansas City, Missouri, an exciting conversation unfolded during a recent practice session involving Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes. Amid their discussion, Kelce casually brought up a unique topic—he had extended an invitation to Taylor Swift to attend the upcoming Kansas City Chiefs versus Chicago Bears game on Sunday, and he had a feeling she might accept.
Mahomes clarified afterwards, “Travis has this way of saying things so calmly that you can’t always tell if he’s serious.” In this case, his statement was indeed accurate.
Patrick Mahomes Throws Chiefs Rout Bears 41-10
Kansas City Chiefs
The current league MVP, Patrick Mahomes, delivered an impressive performance with 272 passing yards and three touchdowns, while his outstanding All-Pro tight end, Travis Kelce, hauled in seven receptions, including one of the touchdown passes. As a result, the Kansas City Chiefs enjoyed a commanding 41-10 triumph over the Chicago Bears.
The victory brought immense joy to their most recent supporter, who enthusiastically celebrated in her Arrowhead Stadium suite, pounding on the glass throughout the afternoon.
Mahomes commented, “I haven’t had the chance to meet her yet.“
He found himself fielding questions about the developing connection between Kelce and Swift, as his close friend Kelce had discreetly evaded the reporters. Patrick Mahomes added with a hint of humour, “I suppose if she and Travis do become an item, I’ll probably meet her at some point.”
Super Bowl Champions
Jerick McKinnon made a significant impact with two touchdown receptions, while Isiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards-Helaire contributed touchdown runs.
These stellar plays assisted the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, who now hold a 2-1 record, in handing the Chicago Bears their 13th consecutive loss from the previous season. The Bears, unfortunately, find themselves at 0-3 for the current season.
By the third quarter, the game had become so one-sided that Patrick Mahomes and most of the Chiefs’ first-string players were given the remainder of the day off.
The struggling Bears quarterback, Justin Fields, completed 11 of 22 passes for a total of 99 yards, including one interception and a late-game touchdown that had little impact on the outcome.
Fields also led the Bears in rushing with 47 yards, a significant portion of which came from a 17-yard scramble. However, it was a tough day for the Bears’ offence, which ranks 27th in the league, as they managed just 203 yards against a steadily improving NFL defence.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus emphasized the need to maintain a cohesive atmosphere within the team’s locker room, considering it the top priority. He acknowledged that the NFL always generates external chatter and scrutiny but emphasized that they’ve only played three games in the season thus far.
Eberflus highlighted the upcoming opportunity with two games in the next 11 days and stressed the team’s focus on that immediate challenge.
Nevertheless, their lacklustre performance on Sunday marked a harsh conclusion to a troubled week filled with various distractions. In a matter of hours last Wednesday, the Bears’ defensive coordinator, Alan Williams, unexpectedly resigned, citing the necessity to prioritize his health and family.
Concurrently, quarterback Justin Fields had to retract certain remarks where he attributed his “robotic” style of play in the initial two weeks to coaching.
Eberflus found himself once again tasked with calling defensive plays, a role he assumed during the previous weekend’s loss to Tampa Bay. However, this time, Andy Reid’s Chiefs made the former Indianapolis Colts coordinator appear perplexed.
The Chiefs initiated their offensive onslaught with the first of Patrick Mahomes’ two touchdown passes to McKinnon. Shortly after, Edwards-Helaire punched in a one-yard touchdown, pushing the score to 14-0 early in the second quarter.
With the Bears failing to make an impact and punting for the third consecutive time, Patrick Mahomes connected with McKinnon again to further extend their lead.
Kansas City then scored on each of their next four possessions, leaving no room for doubt in their dominance.
Regarding Fields, his performance went beyond being robotic; it also displayed inaccuracy. Even when the Chiefs’ defence struggled to apply pressure due to the porous offensive line, Fields consistently failed to connect with open receivers down the field.
Fields acknowledged his shortcomings, stating, “I need to improve.”
Unfortunately, his struggles included an interception by Mike Edwards late in the first half, which set the stage for Pacheco’s touchdown run. Harrison Butker’s second successful field goal attempt allowed the Chiefs to head into halftime with a commanding 34-0 lead.
Kelce secured another short touchdown catch early in the second half, commemorating the moment by mimicking the revving of an imaginary motorcycle in the back of the end zone.
Taylor Swift enthusiastically applauded up in the stadium, joined by Travis Kelce’s mother, Donna Kelce.
Reflecting on the unfolding events, Patrick Mahomes reminisced, “
On Friday, he casually mentioned, ‘Yeah, I think she’s coming to the game this weekend,’ and continued with his usual routine. It’s one of those things where you think, ‘I guess that’s just Travis.
STATS AND STREAKS
The Bears last tasted victory in Kansas City in Week 5 of the 2015 season. Furthermore, Andy Reid achieved his 271st win, surpassing Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry to secure fourth place on the all-time coaching list.
Patrick Mahomes reached a milestone, accumulating over 25,000 career passing yards in just 83 games, making him the fastest in NFL history to achieve this feat.
Additionally, Patrick Mahomes recorded his 22nd game with three touchdown passes and no interceptions, equalling the record set by Aaron Rodgers for the most such games by a quarterback before turning 30.
Patrick Mahomes celebrated his 28th birthday just last Sunday. Lastly, Travis Kelce is three touchdown catches away from surpassing. Tony Gonzalez (76) for the second-most touchdown receptions in Chiefs history.
Injuries took a toll on the Bears’ defence in this game. Starting safety Eddie Jackson was sidelined due to a foot injury, while cornerback Josh Blackwell grappled with a hamstring issue.
Additionally, cornerback Tyrique Stevenson had to undergo an evaluation for a possible concussion. Still, it was later determined that he was dealing with an illness, and he did not return to the game.
The defensive backfield faced further challenges as Jaquan Brisker and Jaylon Johnson battled injuries during the game.