Mahomes played like… well, like Mahomes, in NFL debut

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Whitehouse fans of Patrick Mahomes II were not surprised by the outcome of the 27-24 victory by the Kansas City Chiefs over the Denver Broncos in the Sunday NFL game.

It was vintage Mahomes, who completed 22 of his 35 passing attempts for 284 yards and had an interception. It more than validated why Kansas City traded up to draft Mahomes 10th in the 2017 National Football League draft last April.

The Chiefs had clinched the fourth seed in the AFC for the upcoming NFL playoffs. Head coach Andy Reid elected to rest starting quarterback Alex Smith and gave Mahomes the nod to start Sunday’s match-up with Denver. Other Kansas City starters did not play for a varsity of reasons. Mahomes relied on back-up fullback turned running back Anthony Sherman and back-up receiver Albert Wilson for offensive support. The Chiefs also used back-ups for many of the defensive positions.

“We are very proud of Patrick and excited for him and the opportunity to start for the first time in his NFL career,” said Adam Cook, head coach for the Whitehouse football program.

Cook coached Mahomes in 2012 and 2013.

“It was awesome how CBS 19 changed their scheduled game to show Patrick’s first start,” Cook said and added, “We are blessed to have Patrick represent our community in the manner in which he does. He is loved by this community.”

The signal-caller for Whitehouse and Texas Tech for the past several years, Mahomes drove Kansas City down the field for a score on his first NFL drive. The drive included a 51-yard reception to hit tight end Demetrius Harris.

Kareem Hunt capped the 86-yard drive with a 35-yard run for the score.

Late in the second quarter, Mahomes and the Chiefs started a drive and on first-and-goal from the Denver 6-yard line, Mahomes scrambles to his left and scored what initially appeared to be his first NFL touchdown. Replay indicated he stepped out of bounds as he was stretching for the pylon in the corner of the end zone. Sherman scored on the next play to give Kansas City a 14-10 halftime lead. The drive covered 73 yards in eight plays.

In the third quarter, Mahomes and the Chiefs started a drive at their own 8-yard line and marched to the Denver 2-yard line before the drive stalled. Mahomes showcased his scrambling abilities and agility to throw on the run during the march. While the drive ended with a field goal, Mahomes and the offense used 8:46 of the scoreboard clock on 18 plays.

The Kansas City defense also recovered a Denver fumble that resulted in a touchdown and a 24-10 lead. Reid later replaced Mahomes with third-string quarterback Tyler Bray, who fumbled the handoff with Sherman on his first play from scrimmage. Denver scooped up the loose ball and returned it for a score. Later, the Broncos mounted a drive to knot the score at 24-24 with less than three minutes to play.

Reid reinserted Mahomes to guide the Chiefs down the field for a win. Mahomes did not disappoint his coach or fans.

Mixing precise passes with timely running, Mahomes and the Chiefs moved to the Denver 12-yard line on an 11-play march that consumed all 2:53 and left four seconds on the scoreboard clock. Whitehouse fans well remember Mahomes repeating that kind of a performance many times, and Texas Tech fans saw similar results from Mahomes.

Harrison Butker booted a 30-yard field goal to cap the drive for a 27-24 win.

Mahomes played before a crowd of nearly 76,000 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High stadium in Denver. The Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Smith will get the call to start at the quarterback position but Reid knows that if anything happens to Smith, Mahomes has been tested and will be more than ready to play.

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