On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs had a very atypical offensive record, finishing with just 315 yards, 3-of-10 on third down and 2-of-4 in the red zone. Patrick Mahomes went 20 of 35 for 262 yards with one touchdown and just one interception in the loss, as the Chiefs quarterback vented his frustration at times throughout the game.
The most notable occurrence was offensive coordinator Eric Biniemi, with whom Mahomes had a strong relationship over the years. The Chiefs faced 2nd and 20th on their 36-yard line with 20 seconds left in the first half and decided to kick the ball and time without trying to play again.
Until 14-10 before the start of the half, Mahomes wanted even more. He didn’t understand.
“I mean, in the end, I wanted to try to score a goal. I mean, that’s who I am,” Mahomes said after playing his trade with Bienemi. “We were in a difficult situation. Probably the smart decision was to just accept… we got the ball in half and just went on break, but I will always want to score.
“I just said ‘Give me a chance’ and then he said ‘Let’s go back to the locker room and we’ll figure something out for the next half.’ I think, I don’t know if it was a fight, but it was the end of the conversation.”
The trade was quickly brushed aside by Mahomes and Andy Reid, but it led to a disappointing second half for the Chiefs as they scored just three points and made numerous mistakes – mostly on special teams. In Kansas City, Sky Moore toned down a punt—the Colts scored a touchdown on their next possession—and missed an extra point and a 34-yard field goal, as well as a fake field goal that resulted in a half-pass and turnover on the descents.
Mahomes takes full responsibility for all misses. For him, 17 points is unacceptable.
“We must unite all together. It all starts with me,” Mahomes said. “There were certain throws that I threw at the guys from behind the hips, and not in front of them. There were certain situations where we barely lost our way. if it was a late game roll where I could put him in front of JuJu (Smith-Schuster) and he would get a pick tip, it’s such a small thing.
“Whenever you play such a tough game, you have to work at a higher level and we have to learn from that. Our schedule is not getting any easier. We’re going to have a tough Sunday Night Football game in Tampa next week. against excellent defense. We must recover quickly.
“If we don’t, we don’t want those L’s to start accumulating. We want to make sure we get back on that winning train.”