NFL

Mahomes Put Up 254 Yards as the Kansas City Chiefs Sneaked Past the New Orleans Saints 32-29

The Kansas City Chiefs sneaked past the New Orleans Saints in a nail-biting victory of 32-29, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. For the win, Patrick Mahomes threw for 254 yards, and three touchdowns. The Chiefs also relied on a rushing game that produced 179 yards and one rushing touchdown.

Mahomes helped the Chiefs in this victory by attempting 47 passes and completing 26 of them. This led to a final QB production of 254 yards, no interceptions and three touchdowns for the game.

The Chiefs deployed a rushing game led by Le’Veon Bell and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. For the game, Bell carried the ball 15 times and rushed for 62 yards, leading to one touchdown. Edwards-Helaire supplemented by carrying the ball 14 times for a total of 79 yards. In the passing game, the Chiefs’ top receivers were Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill. Watkins caught four passes for a total of 60 yards, while Hill contributed with 53 yards from six passes.

Contributing to the victory was a defensive line stats of one sack , no forced fumbles, one tackle for loss, and no defensive touchdowns for the Chiefs.

Compared to Mahomes of the Chiefs, Drew Brees of the Saints threw for 234 yards with three touchdowns, and one interception, completing 15 of 34 passes, for a 84.70 passer rating.

The Saints’ rushing game was led by Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara. For the game, Murray carried the ball four times, rushed for three yards, and zero touchdowns. Kamara supplemented and carried the ball a total of 11 times for a total of 54 yards. Meanwhile Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Emmanuel Sanders were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Saints. Humphrey caught two passes from Brees for a total of 29 yards, while Sanders contributed with 76 yards from four passes.

In their loss, the Saints defense contributed with two forced fumbles and one tackle to go along with four sacks and zero defensive touchdowns. This production from the Saints defense was not enough help get a win.

After this game, the Chiefs improved to a record of 13-1, while the Saints dropped to a 10-4 record.