In a frustrating Monday Night Football clash, the Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) suffered a 21-17 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles (9-1).
Despite numerous opportunities to seal the victory, dropped passes and penalties plagued Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the offense.
The pivotal moment came in the final two minutes when Mahomes’ 46-yard pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the end zone slipped through the receiver’s fingers.
Following this demoralizing loss, Brittany Mahomes, Patrick’s wife and mother of their two children, took to Instagram to share a photo of their traditional pregame sideline kiss.
Accompanying the image, she wrote, “My boo thang, I love you. I am always proud of you.”
Despite Mahomes taking responsibility for the final dropped pass, acknowledging, “I could’ve thrown it a bit shorter,” he remains optimistic about the Chiefs’ offensive capabilities.
Looking ahead to Week 12 against the Las Vegas Raiders, Mahomes expressed confidence in his team’s ability to bounce back on a short week.
Reflecting on the Chiefs’ offensive struggles, Mahomes emphasized the need for improvement, stating, “I think offensively, we’re just not where I would want to be at this point in the season. And that’s everybody. It starts with me. I can make better throws at certain times.”
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With the Chiefs leading the league in dropped passes and going scoreless in the second half for the third consecutive game, the pressure is on.
Mahomes, who completed just 55.8% of his passes for 177 yards in the Eagles game, is determined to push forward. He affirmed, “They know I’m going to keep firing it.”
The defeat against the Eagles saw the Chiefs drop to 7-3 on the season, relinquishing their AFC lead to the Baltimore Ravens.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid did not mince words in his postgame assessment, admitting, “We’re shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Reid acknowledged the need for improvement in avoiding penalties, turnovers, and drops, taking responsibility as the head coach.
NBC Sports’ Reuben Frank highlighted concerning statistics about the Chiefs’ offensive performance, underlining the rarity of the team not recording a pass play of at least 18 yards under Reid’s coaching tenure.
Additionally, Mahomes’ 4.1 yards per pass attempt against the Eagles marked a career-low, emphasizing the challenges faced by the Chiefs in the aftermath of the tough loss.