Kansas City Chiefs 42-37 Pittsburgh Steelers: Patrick Mahomes throws six touchdowns in shootout win
By James Simpson
Last Updated: 17/09/18 3:40pm
Patrick Mahomes threw six touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-37.
The second-year starter completed 23 of 28 passes and threw scores to five different receivers in a stunning offensive performance.
Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball 60 times and had 452 yards and three passing touchdowns of his own, but it wasn't enough to stop Andy Reid's high-flying Chiefs offense.
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Kansas City started out hot and were up 21-0 in the first quarter. Mahomes found Chris Conley, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt and was slicing through the Steelers' defense.
However, it was a different tale in the second period. Roethlisberger completed a three-touchdown comeback with a flip to receiver James Washington after tossing a pair of scores to Jesse James and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
In the second half, the Chiefs continued their attacking onslaught with another Kelce touchdown from Mahomes, but James Conner answered for Pittsburgh with a one-yard spin into the end zone.
But ultimately, Mahomes' fifth and sixth touchdowns, to Demarcus Robinson and Tyreek Hill respectively, gave Kansas City an insurmountable lead into the fourth quarter.
The late resurgence came when Hunt was forced down in his end zone, giving the Steelers two points on the safety. Soon after, Roethlisberger sprinted to the pylon for a three-yard rushing TD to bring his team within one score.
Despite forcing a late punt from Kansas City, the game ended on a roughing the kicker call and the Chiefs moved on to a 2-0 record while the Steelers remain winless (0-1-1)
Chiefs 7-0 Steelers: Conley 15-yard pass from Mahomes (Butker kick is good)
Chiefs 14-0 Steelers: Kelce 15-yard pass from Mahomes (Butker kick is good)
Chiefs 21-0 Steelers: Hunt 5-yard pass from Mahomes (Butker kick is good)
Chiefs 21-7 Steelers: James 26-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick is good)
Chiefs 21-13 Steelers: Smith-Schuster 2-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick is missed)
Chiefs 21-21 Steelers: Washington 14-yard pass from Roethlisberger (two-point conversion good: Roethlisberger pass to Conner)
Chiefs 28-21 Steelers: Kelce 25-yard pass from Mahomes (Butker kick is good)
Chiefs 28-28 Steelers: Conner 1-yard run (Boswell kick is good)
Chiefs 35-28 Steelers: Robinson 3-yard pass from Mahomes (Butker kick is good)
Chiefs 42-28 Steelers: Hill 29-yard pass from Mahomes (Butker kick is good)
Chiefs 42-30 Steelers: Hunt tackled in end zone by Burns and Burnett for Safety
Chiefs 42-37 Steelers: Roethlisberger 3-yard run (Boswell kick is good)
Game's key stats
|Passing||C/A Yds TD Int||Passing||C/A Yds TD Int|
|Patrick Mahomes||23/28 326 6 0||Ben Roethlisberger||39/60 452 3 0|
|Rushing||Att Yds TD||Rushing||Att Yds TD|
|Kareem Hunt||18 75 0||James Conner||8 17 1|
|Sammy Watkins||1 31 0||Ben Roethlisberger||2 9 1|
|Receiving||Rec Yds TD||Receiving||Rec Yds TD|
|Travis Kelce||7 109 2||Jesse James||5 138 1|
|Sammy Watkins||6 100 0||JuJu Smith-Schuster||13 121 1|
|Tyreek Hill||5 90 1||Antonio Brown||9 67 0|
|Total net yards||449||Total net yards||475|
NFL Week Two early-game round-up
Vikings 29-29 Packers (OT)
Kirk Cousins came close to delivering a dramatic comeback in the second half, but Minnesota (1-0-1) and Green Bay (1-0-1) ultimately had to settle for a tie.
Cousins, who had 425 passing yards and four touchdowns, set up the Vikings for a game-winning 35-yard field goal, but rookie Daniel Carlson missed wide right to end the game. That was his second missed field goal in overtime and third on the day. Packers kicker Mason Crosby too missed a 52-yarder as time expired in regulation.
Eagles 21-27 Buccaneers
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes as Tampa Bay (2-0) held on to defeat defending Super Bowl champions Philadelphia (1-1).
Fitzpatrick, who also tossed four TD passes in the Buccaneers' season-opening win over New Orleans, became the first quarterback in league history to throw for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns in consecutive games to open a season.
Browns 18-21 Saints
Drew Brees connected on a pair of short touchdown passes to Michael Thomas in a six-minute span of the fourth quarter, and Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds to lift New Orleans (1-1) over still-winless Cleveland (0-1-1).
The Browns had a chance to force overtime for the second consecutive week, but kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed a 52-yard field-goal attempt wide right with three seconds remaining. Gonzalez also missed two extra points and a 44-yard field-goal attempt earlier in the game.
Colts 21-9 Redskins
Andrew Luck threw a pair of touchdown passes, and the Indianapolis (1-1) defense kept hosts Washington (1-1) out of the endzone to clinch a convincing road win.
Chargers 31-20 Bills
Philip Rivers threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns to lead Los Angeles (1-1) to a first win of the season over Buffalo (0-2) in Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen's first NFL start.
Allen was 18 of 33 passing for 245 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He connected with Kelvin Benjamin on a three-yard pass for his first career TD with 38 seconds left in the game.
Texans 17-20 Titans
Blaine Gabbert orchestrated a late drive that resulted in a field goal to give Tennessee (1-1) a tight victory against visiting Houston (0-2), and earn first-year head coach Mike Vrabel a first NFL win.
Panthers 24-31 Falcons
The Atlanta (1-1) offense bounced back impressively from a sub-par outing in the season opener, recording touchdowns on all four of their redzone possessions in a victory over NFC South divisional rivals Carolina (1-1).
Dolphins 20-12 Jets
Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes as visiting Miami (2-0) held on for victory against New York (1-1) and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.
Darnold couldn't get the Jets into the endzone enough despite completing 25 of 41 throws for 334 yards. He threw one touchdown pass and was intercepted twice.