(New Orleans) Patrick Mahomes threw three touchdown passes and for overhead gains of 254 yards, guiding the Kansas City Chiefs to defeat the New Orleans Saints 32-29 on Sunday.
“Patrick is even more impressive than I could imagine,” said running back Le’Veon Bell, who joined the Chiefs in mid-October. He’s even more impressive in person. I consider myself lucky to be his teammate. ”
The Chiefs’ defense also did its job to spoil the return to play of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who had missed the last four games.
Brees threw three touchdown passes and for 234 yards, but he completed less than half of his attempts by air and was intercepted for only a fourth time this season.
“I wasn’t very effective in passing,” said Brees. I wanted to force things in depth rather than taking the completed pass in short distance. There were a few mistakes. ”
The victory, a ninth in a row for the Chiefs (13-1), allowed the defending Super Bowl champions to move closer and closer to the top spot in the American Association. The Saints (10-4) meanwhile missed an opportunity to seize the title of the Southern section of the National Association for a second week in a row.
Mahomes’ touchdown passes were picked up by Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce. The Chiefs quarterback also joined Kelce in the end zone on a two-point convert following a Bell touchdown.
“The biggest challenge is when he extends the games,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said of Mahomes. A two or three second trace changes to a five or six second trace. It is demanding. ”
Bell’s middle finger came one play after Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan was assessed a penalty and was ejected from the match for hitting offensive lineman Andrew Wylie.
“We knew our only chance against their seven players up front on defense was to give them a hard time,” said Wylie. It was quite a fight. ”
The Saints closed the lead to 29-22 when Trey Hendrickson stole the ball away from Mahomes when he netted his second sack of the game, setting the table for a 14-yard catch from Alvin Kamara.
The Chiefs responded with a field goal with 4:18 to go, but Brees once again guided the Saints into the end zone when he teamed up with Lil’Jordan Humphrey for a 17 touchdown. yards.
With two timeouts in their pocket, the Saints kicked the ball deep into the Chiefs’ territory, but Mahomes and his gang were able to elapse the last seconds of the clash.