A back-and-forth game throughout ends with Kicker Harrison Butker making a last-second field goal; Chiefs win 26-23.
Without Patrick Mahomes, the Minnesota Vikings were favored to win this one despite the game being played in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs were out to prove that they can put together a strong win without the reigning MVP at the helm of the offense. The Vikings were looking to get a road win, extend their winning streak and continue to build confidence as the second half of the season began.
The Chiefs struck first as WR Tyreek Hill made a spectacular catch-and-dive into the endzone. It was a 40-yd throw from QB Matt Moore to put the Chiefs ahead early on. The Vikings responded well with a 12-play, 75-yd drive that was capped off by a TD pass from QB Kirk Cousins to Rookie WR Bisi Johnson. From there, stingy defense on both sides kept the offenses in check until later in the 2nd quarter. Each team ended up hitting a field goal and entered the half with a 10-10 tie game.
The 2nd half kicked off and the Vikings caused Kick Returner Mecole Hardman to fumble, setting Minnesota up at the Chiefs 38-yd line. The Vikings capitalized as HB Ameer Abdullah scored on a 16-yd catch and run. The Chiefs could not respond, but burned the Minnesota defense on huge play from HB Damien Williams. Williams recorded the longest rushing TD in Chiefs Franchise history as he sped through to a 91-yd score. This and a Chiefs field goal put them ahead 20-16 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Vikings began the 4th quarter with a methodical drive that led to a TE Kyle Rudolph TD catch. From this point though, it was the Harrison Butker show. The 24 year-old place kicker made a 54-yarder to tie the game and a 44-yd walkoff kick to push the Chiefs past the Vikings.
- Success for the Signal Callers: There was stellar QB play from both sides of the ball in this game and few mistakes were made. Veteran QB Matt Moore did all Chiefs Coaches could hope for. He completed 71% of his passes and threw for 275 yards and a TD with no interceptions. That's not bad for a guy who was coaching High School Football earlier this fall before Head Coach Andy Reid reached out to pick him up as a backup. QB Kirk Cousins, although only completing 50% of his passes, continued a good statistical display as he threw for over 200 yards and 3 TDs with no
- Huge win for the Chiefs: This was a massive win for the Chiefs as they end a skid of misfortune and get a win with their backup QB. They should get Patrick Mahomes back next week and they are poised for a strong finish to the season.
- Not the end of the world for the Vikings: The Vikings would have loved to continue their win-streak and move to 7-2, but they still have plenty of opportunity ahead of them. They have a lot to learn from this gritty game that ended in a loss. Other losses in the NFC North will help them out as they keep division title hopes alive.
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs travel to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans next Sunday and will look forward to getting Patrick Mahomes back and winning their second in-a-row.
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings look to rebound next week as they travel to Dallas to face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night. Kirk Cousins is historically unsuccessful in primetime matchups, and this will be his chance to prove he can win a big road game against a solid Cowboys squad.
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