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10 Quick Facts About the Chiefs’ Week 2 Victory Over Jacksonville


Here are some quick notes about the Chiefs’ victory over the Jaguars

By Matt McMullen, Chiefs Reporter


1. The Chiefs’ defense was outstanding on Sunday.


Kansas City put together a tremendous defensive performance on Sunday, holding Jacksonville to only nine points – and zero touchdowns – on 11 offensive possessions. The Jaguars were 3-of-12 on third down, 0-of-2 on fourth down and 0-for-3 in red zone touchdown efficiency, marking their first game without an offensive touchdown since Week 5 of last season.


The Chiefs were also excellent defensively in several clutch situations. For example, Jacksonville seemed poised to find the end zone after recovering a muffed punt deep in Chiefs’ territory early in the game, but the defense held the Jaguars to a field goal.


That was the first of three red zone stops for the Chiefs, which also included a defensive stand from the Kansas City 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Jacksonville had a 1st-and-Goal from the Chiefs 1-yard line with just under 15 minutes remaining in the game, but Kansas City managed to hold the Jaguars to a field goal. Then, on the Jaguars’ next possession, the Chiefs forced a turnover on downs after Jacksonville drove all the way to Kansas City’s 14-yard line.


It was simply an outstanding performance that kept the Chiefs in the game, and now through two weeks, Kansas City has only yielded two offensive touchdowns while holding opponents to just 8-of-27 on third down (29.6%).


2. Defensive tackle Chris Jones had a season-debut to remember.


Jones was terrific on Sunday, logging a team-leading six pressures, 1.5 sacks and a pass defensed. He logged those pressures in some critical moments, too, recording a sack on fourth down late in the second quarter and a half sack later in the game on third down in the red zone.


Additionally, Jones managed to tally those six pressures despite playing only 33 defensive snaps. For context, Jones didn’t play fewer than 40 snaps in a single game last season.


3. Defensive end George Karlaftis tallied the first multi-sack game of his career.


Karlaftis tallied five pressures and 1.5 sacks on Sunday, marking the first multi-sack game of his young career. The second-year defensive end was one of five players to record multiple pressures in the game, joining Chris Jones (6), linebacker Leo Chenal (4), defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah (2) and defensive end Mike Danna (2).


4. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes topped 300 passing yards yet again.


Mahomes notched 300 passing yards on Sunday for the 42nd time in his career, which tops the NFL since 2018 and leads the next-closest player by 11 games (31 by Matt Ryan). Incredibly, Mahomes has surpassed the 300-yard mark in 51 percent of his career starts.


It’s also worth mentioning that Mahomes has posted the most 300-yard games through 82 career games in league history, leading second-place (Kurt Warner) by five games.


Mahomes finished Sunday’s game with 305 passing yards and two touchdowns.


5. Mahomes and tight Travis Kelce made some franchise history on Sunday.


Mahomes found Kelce for a 9-yard score early in the third quarter that extended the Chiefs’ lead and made some history in the process. In fact, the touchdown marked the 47th scoring connection between Mahomes and Kelce, moving the Chiefs’ prolific duo past Len Dawson and Otis Taylor for the most touchdowns by any quarterback and pass-catcher combination in franchise history.


Kelce also notched a personal milestone on Sunday, passing Shannon Sharpe for the fourth-most receptions (818) by a tight end in NFL history. Only Tony Gonzalez (1,325), Jason Witten (1,228) and Antonio Gates (955) have more catches than Kelce among tight ends.


6. Wide receiver Skyy Moore compiled perhaps the best game of his career.


Moore tallied three grabs for a career-most 70 yards on Sunday, finding the end zone with a 9-yard grab early in the game before hauling in a 54-yard reception late in the contest that moved the chains on third down and essentially sealed the win.


It was a clutch performance that significantly contributed to the Chiefs’ victory.


7. Tight end Noah Gray made one of the game’s hidden major plays.


Facing a 3rd-and-14 at midfield late in the second quarter, Mahomes found Gray for a short gain before the third-year tight end broke multiple tackles and ultimately picked up 12 yards. The play made the ensuing fourth down a manageable one, and following a successful conversion, Mahomes found Gray again – this time for 16 yards – to move the Chiefs inside the Jaguars’ 10-yard line. Kansas City was in the end zone just one play later when Mahomes connected with Moore for a 9-yard score.


It may be lost in the box score, but Gray’s efforts on that drive shouldn’t be forgotten.


8. Eleven different players caught a pass for the Chiefs on Sunday.


Mahomes connected with 11 different players for a completion on Sunday, including Skyy Moore (3 catches for 70 yards), wide receiver Justin Watson (3 catches for 62 yards), Noah Gray (3 catches for 38 yards), wide receiver Kadarius Toney (5 catches for 35 yards), Travis Kelce (4 catches for 26 yards), tailback Jerick McKinnon (3 catches for 24 yards), wide receiver Rashee Rice (2 catches for 20 yards), tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire (2 catches for 17 yards), wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (2 catches for 13 yards) and – somewhat hilariously – offensive tackle Donovan Smith (1 catch for 0 yards).


Smith was ineligible to catch the football on the play in which he made his catch, but because the penalty that was assessed was declined by Jacksonville, the catch technically counted in the box score.


9. Tailback Isiah Pacheco turned in a strong performance.


Pacheco was impressive on Sunday, particularly in the second half. In fact, Pacheco kicked off the third quarter with a 31-yard rush on the first play from scrimmage. He also turned in a strong run at the end of the game, rushing for a tough five yards to move the chains and secure the victory.


The second-year running back finished the game with 70 yards on 12 carries.


10. It marked the 270th career victory for Head Coach Andy Reid.


Coach Reid notched his 270th career victory as a head coach on Sunday, matching Tom Landry for the fourth-most total wins (regular season and playoffs) in NFL history. Only Don Shula (347), Bill Belichick (329) and George Halas (324) own more career victories than Reid.


The Chiefs will now look to remain in the win column next week as their prepare for a matchup against the Chicago Bears at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.