Patrick Mahomes threw for 320 yards and a touchdown, Isiah Pacheco rushed for a score, and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied to a 26-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Mahomes eclipsed 300 passing yards for the sixth straight game, taking his streak with a touchdown pass to 16, but the Chiefs (9-2) also blew many scoring opportunities. Mahomes was picked off in the end zone in the fourth quarter, and Harrison Butker was called on to kick four field goals as the drives stalled.
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It didn’t matter against the Rams, who have lost five straight for the first time under Sean McVay.
Playing without Matthew Stafford, who remained in concussion protocol, the Rams (3-8) struggled to move the chains behind Bryce Perkins, a career backup making his first start. He made a couple of good plays with his legs, but he threw for just 100 yards with one touchdown pass and two interceptions.
The Rams’ losing streak and record 11 games tie the 1987 Giants for worst among the defending Super Bowl champions, though New York’s dismal start came amid a strike that resulted in the use of replacement players.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, won six of seven against Los Angeles, and avenged that one loss, when then-Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw a late TD pass to win a 54-51 thriller in November. of 2018.
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The Rams certainly looked like a team playing without their starting quarterback, top two wide receivers and two starting offensive linemen, all injured on Sunday. They scrapped only to get positive yardage on every play, and that was only when they managed to finish the play on time or didn’t have to lose a timeout.
The Chiefs didn’t penalize them early for their many mistakes, although defensive tackle Chris Jones did have his 10th sack of the season, earning a $1.25 million incentive. Kansas City, by contrast, methodically marched down the field only to settle twice for field goals, leaving the grieving Rams surprisingly leading 13-3 at halftime.
The Chiefs had 277 yards of offense at the time. Los Angeles was 75.
Any hope for the Rams had evaporated on the first two possessions of the second half, when they went three-and-out and Mahomes and company responded with a 71-yard scoring drive. And this time, instead of the liner missing and Harrison Butker swinging his leg, Pacheco ripped into the end zone from 3 yards out to give Kansas City a 20-3 lead.
The Rams finally got to the end zone in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs added two field goals to close out the game.
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Rams: OLs Brian Allen (thumb) and Ty Nsekhe (ankle) along with WR Allen Robinson II (ankle) were inactive. … WR Lance McCutcheon (shoulder) left in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs: RG Joe Thuney (ankle) was inactive, ending his streak of 107 consecutive starts. FS Juan Thornhill (calf) was also inactive. … CB L’Jarius Sneed cleared the concussion protocol after taking a hit to the head in the second quarter.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
The Rams play Seattle next Sunday to begin a two-game homestand.
The Chiefs visit Cincinnati on Sunday for the first of three straight road games.