Week 6 of the NFL season kicked off with Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) beating Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos (1-5) in a matchup between AFC West rivals at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs, who checked in at fourth in our latest NFL power rankings, slid past the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5 to stay atop the division, while the Broncos were defeated by double digits at home by the New York Jets.
Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce (knee) had been questionable this week ahead of Thursday’s tilt but played.
Here are the top moments!
After Denver turned the ball over on downs in Kansas City territory, the Chiefs put a field goal on the board. The highlight of the drive came when Mahomes completed a pass to tight end Travis Kelce, who then lateraled the ball to fellow tight end Noah Gray.
It’s a mess
Wilson was intercepted by Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton on the ensuing possession, but then Mahomes was picked off by Broncos safety Justin Simmons in the red zone. After Denver punted, Kansas City got the ball into the red zone and appeared to be held to another field goal before failing to move the chains on a fake field goal run at the 6-yard line.
Chiefs find the end zone
On third-and-goal, Mahomes found Kadarius Toney out wide, and the WR ran it in for the first touchdown of the game shortly before halftime.
Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones made some noise late in the second half by sacking Wilson, keeping his streak of eight straight games with a sack alive.
Harrison Butker made a 60-yard field goal as time expired in the first half for the Chiefs, giving them a 13-0 lead. The Chiefs out-gained the Broncos 227-94 in total yards in the first half.
KC picks off Russ again
Kansas City opened the second half with a field goal drive, and Denver proceeded to get the ball past midfield on the next possession. That said, Wilson later had a pass tipped by linebacker Willie Gay and intercepted by safety Justin Reid.
Suttonly a one-score game!
After getting into the red zone, Wilson threw a pass up to the back corner of the end zone for wide receiver Courtland Sutton, who pulled down an amazing catch for an 11-yard touchdown. Denver then converted a two-point attempt and trailed 16-8 with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs close it out
The Chiefs got their lead back to two scores on the ensuing possession when Butker nailed a 52-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter. Kansas City cornerback Trent McDuffie then forced Denver running back Samaje Perine to fumble, and Gay recovered the loose ball. The Chiefs took a knee to end the game.
Yes, she’s in attendance
Taylor Swift made a prime-time appearance at Arrowhead, which marked her third Chiefs game in four weeks. (She sat out the team’s Oct. 8 game at Minnesota.) Kansas City is 2-0 with Swift in attendance this season.
The Broncos activated TE Greg Dulcich, who suffered an injury in Week 1, from IR ahead of Thursday’s game.
Setting the stage
Both teams were dressed to impress Thursday ahead of kickoff.
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