Safety Daniel Sorensen also got into the game, subbing in for a third down package in the first quarter for his first game action after he was elevated from the injured reserve list last week.
He has 40 catches for 407 yards and two touchdowns this season. A fierce pass rush on both defenses resulted in a ton of quarterback hits for both young quarterbacks in the game, and showed just how devastating a good blitz can be against inexperienced quarterbacks.
One more time, the Cardinals stink, particularly with protection. His 249 passing yards from Mahomes give him 3,434 yards through his first 11 games, eclipsing the previous best of 3,205 yards by Andrew Luck with Indianapolis in 2012.
Every morning following a Chiefs win or loss, our writers here at Chiefs Wire will provide their post-game thoughts and quips. The bad news is that was all they did. Jerry Rice holds the all-time record with 22,895. No matter where the Cardinals call home the Chiefs seem to have success against them. Aaron Rodgers also tossed 31 touchdowns in the first 10 games of the 2011 season.
There are goals for Fitzgerald and the Cardinals (2-7) the rest of the way, too.
"I was still on four phases of special teams", Niemann said, "so I got a little exhausted out there". It'll let you know how we're all feeling about the Chiefs after covering them throughout gameday. We got some momentum going as an offense running the ball.
That doesn't include the playoffs, for which the Chiefs (9-1) are barreling toward the No. 1 seed.
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Wilks said the Cardinals may need to consider six- and seven-man protection schemes to better protect Rosen.
Fitzgerald needs eight more receptions to pass Rice (1,281 with San Francisco) for the most in National Football League history with one team. "Where we came up short was the consistency after that, not being able to get back into the end zone".
"Were there some signs of progress? What I mean by that is, you're trying to go and get a stop - and we talked about trying to steal possessions - which didn't happen in hindsight, but the opportunity to score right before halftime".
The coin flip was a big deal in Kansas City Sunday, mostly because the Chiefs had yet to lose a coin flip all season in nine previous games. They finally got back on the board in the fourth with Ware's game-sealing score. "We had opportunities; we just didn't get it done".
After returning the game-opening kickoff, Patrick Mahomes found HIll on a 37-yard hookup on the first play from scrimmage. The secondary kept Cardinals receivers to 58 total receiving yards on the day.
"A little out of shape after missing a couple of games", he said.
Context matters. That's easy to forget in sports, particularly for those of us who primarily follow one team, and thus view the games we watch through that specific prism.