Chiefs Survive Scare, 'King Henry' Rolls
Week 14 also featured several other clashes with major playoff implications, as precious few games remain for teams to decide their respective fates — both favorable and unfavorable.
Here are the major takeaways from the early window of Week 14:
Mahomes, Chiefs rally vs. Dolphins
The Dolphins made Mahomes look mortal, but the Super Bowl champions still managed to leave with their heads held high and a 33-27 win.
Coming into the game, Mahomes had only thrown two interceptions the entire season. Miami managed to pick Mahomes off three times.
KC’s talisman QB had a rough first quarter overall, including taking a 30-yard sack in the game’s opening frame.
Mahomes bounced back, however, going 24 for 34 for 393 yards, two touchdowns and that trio of interceptions. Fortunately for Kansas City, they’re not short of offensive weapons, as Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce both proved to be a handful for Miami.
On the other sideline, Tua Tagovailoa had an impressive outing. Miami’s rookie QB threw the ball 48 times, completing 28 passes for 316 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.
Tua also rushed for a late touchdown to cut KC’s lead to 30-24, but Kansas City answered with a field goal on the ensuing possession.
Miami’s kicking game responded to make it a one-possession game again, but the Dolphins were unable to recover the onside kick, as the Chiefs kneeled out the clock to win the game, as well as their fifth straight AFC West championship.
Brady, Bucs bounce back
Brady and the Bucs had lost back-to-back games prior to last week’s bye, and though it wasn’t overwhelmingly convincing, they secured a 26-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Brady had a pair of touchdowns, including one to old friend Rob Gronkowski, on 15-of-23 passing for 196 yards.
A miserable outing from Vikings kicker Dan Bailey significantly helped Tampa Bay’s case.
Bailey started the game with a missed extra point on Minnesota’s opening touchdown, and it all went downhill from there.
In addition to the missed PAT, Bailey missed three field goals throughout the course of the game.
The loss served as a big blow to Minnesota’s playoff hopes, who now sit at 6-7 heading into Week 15.
Henry steamrolls Jags
After being bottled up last weekend against Cleveland, Henry came out firing against the Jaguars.
King Henry racked up 215 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, and even paid tribute to another athlete of regal acclaim, LeBron James, mimicking The King’s celebration.
Broncos hold off Panthers
A punt return for a touchdown ensured a strong start for Denver, as Diontae Spencer bolted 83 yards to find the end zone in the first quarter.
The Broncos and Panthers traded punches from there on, with the Broncos going to the air for their damage and the Panthers relying on the ground game.
Trubisky carves Texans apart
Bears running back David Montgomery got on the board first with an 80-yard scamper in Chicago’s opening possession.
Chicago’s offense then flowed through Trubisky, who had three touchdown throws in the first half.
The loss dropped Houston to 4-9, officially eliminating the Texans from the playoffs.
Cowboys remain in NFC East hunt
Dalton snapped a streak of five consecutive games with at least one interception, while Amari Cooper led the way for the Cowboys with four receptions for 51 yards and a score.
Dallas’ oft-maligned defense also got a chance to shine, forcing the Bengals into fumbles on three consecutive possessions to start the game, one of which Dallas returned for a TD.
For the Bengals, they slipped to 1-10-1 for the year and tightened their grip on the No. 3 overall pick in 2021’s draft.
Talk about Reddick-ulous
Jones went touchdown-less for the day, marking his third consecutive game without a TD pass.