Oct 18, 2021 11:34 AM

Chiefs bounce back in second half, score big win at Washington Sunday

Posted Oct 18, 2021 11:34 AM

St. Joseph Post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Patrick Mahomes threw for 397 yards and engineered three second-half touchdown drives to compensate for a pair of interceptions, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 31-13 comeback victory at Washington Sunday that got them back to .500 at 3-3 overall.

After throwing two picks before halftime, Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill on a two-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter and put the game out of reach with a 24-yarder to Demarcus Robinson with 3:14 left in the fourth.

In between, new starting running back Darrel Williams rushed for his second TD of the game to help Kansas City (3-3) avoid what would have been an embarrassing loss.

"Obviously, the first half didn't go the way we wanted it to," Mahomes admitted. "I thought the defense did a great job of keeping us in the game. In the second half, we executed better. Guys believed in each other, and we were able to find a way to get a win."

Defensively, the Chiefs held Washington to just 76 yards and four first downs in the second half. Safety Tyrann Mathieu got upset in the first half after the Chiefs allowed Washington to convert on a third-and-16 and then score on a 39-yard TD pass. That helped Washington lead 13-10 at halftime.

However, the Chiefs outscored Washington 21-0 in the final two quarters.

"We could be a championship defense," Mathieu said. "We've been to the championship the last two years and I think after awhile you have to play a certain way. Obviously on 3rd-and-long, you have to get off the football field."

The Chiefs came into Sunday with only four takeaways all season and they managed to produce two against Washington. This was the first game all season KC did not allow at least 29 points.

The Chiefs are back on the road Sunday to face Tennessee. Kickoff is set for noon central. The game will be carried on KFEQ Radio (680 AM, 95.3 FM) and Q Country 92.7 FM in St. Joseph.