Patrick Mahomes dominates Top 5 plays from Chiefs vs. Bears
By Matt Conner
While we had to leave out some memorable moments, here are out top five plays from the Chiefs vs. Bears on Sunday Night Football.
When a player is the reigning MVP, he is expected to put up highlight plays, and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes did exactly that on Sunday Night Football in a nice 26-3 win over the Chicago Bears that was never really close due to the Chiefs strong defensive effort.
While the Chiefs didn’t put up many big plays on the day due to the Bears’ willingness to give them short-to-intermediate plays all night long, the Chiefs took what was given and simply marched down the field early and often enough to put this one away.
Still we’ve got a handful of plays worth celebrating. Here are our top five plays from Chiefs-Bears.
1. Mahomes Jackson
On the Chiefs opening drive, Patrick Mahomes was able to run it into the end zone fairly easily from 12 yards out. The reason? The Chiefs had lined up all three receivers on the right side to overload the zone defense played by the Bears. After the snap, running back Spencer Ware runs out into the flats to add another option on the right side. The defense simply had to respond. Suddenly, Mahomes glances left and sees a path to his second rushing touchdown of the season.
This isn’t a gimmick play. This also isn’t some left-handed throw or even something sidearmed (coming). This didn’t go for a score, and it barely cleared the first down marker. But it was that last part that made this such an incredible play.
For most teams, the idea of completing a third-and-long situation like this one (where the team needs 18 yards) is rarely going to be completed, but Patrick Mahomes always has the Chiefs believing they can make it happen.
On this particular play, Mahomes throws a beautiful downfield strike to Tyreek Hill who sprints only to come back to the ball exactly where the first down marker is at. Hill goes up and pulls it down beautifully. Third-and-18 is suddenly a new set of downs just like that—as if it wasn’t a magnificently executed play by all parties involved.
3. Good from 56!
Harrison Butker has been a hidden gem since he first landed on the Chiefs roster, unearthed from the Carolina Panthers practice squad in 2017 when Cairo Santos went down with a groin injury. Ever since that moment, he’s given the Chiefs one of the most accurate kickers in the game who also can give it some nice distance as well.
On Sunday night, Butker, who already leads the NFL in scoring, decided to add some heroics of his own with a deep bomb in the not-so-Windy City (on this night) with a 56-yard boom. It set a new personal high for Butker and gave the Chiefs a 10-point lead.
4. Shortstop Sidearm
We’re all well aware of Patrick Mahomes’ pedigree as the son of a Major League Baseball player and that he likely faced a nice future of his own in professional baseball if he’d wanted to go that route. However, it’s easy to forget that Mahomes can easily still pull of throws like he’s completing a simple 6-3 groundout playing the infield diamond.
Check out this sidearm throw that mimics a shortstop’s move to avoid the arm extension by a Chicago Bears lineman in order to complete the pass. Just an amazing heads-up display of awareness and ability coming together to make something happen.
5. Kelce’s Touchdown
The Chiefs have endured some red zone woes this season, but they’re looking to shore those up. Check out this play call (and execution) to get Travis Kelce the ball very easily for the Chiefs second touchdown of the night.