The Kansas City Chiefs, getting Travis Kelce and Chris Jones back on the field, took down the Jacksonville Jaguars, 17-9, to pick up its first win of the season.
Kelce’s touchdown in the second half, a 9-yard strike from Patrick Mahomes for his first on the season, was just what the Chiefs needed in this surprisingly low-scoring game between two powerhouse offenses. Kelce finished with just four catches for 26 yards in his season debut.
With the score at 17-9 late in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars had a chance to tie the game when Trevor Lawrence led a drive 12 plays into Chiefs’ territory. But a pass to his top target, Calvin Ridley, saw the star wide receiver not have two feet in the back left of the end zone.
As a result, the Jaguars turned it over on downs, and the Chiefs closed it out.
Mahomes found Skyy Moore for a 54-yard catch-and-run that virtually iced the win on the ensuing drive. It was typical Mahomes magic as he used his legs to scramble to the right and found an uncovered Moore.
Moore made up for a bad Week 1 performance with three catches and 70 yards for a touchdown – the Chiefs’ first of two in the game – to rebound in Week 2.
Mahomes finished with 305 yards with two touchdowns and one interception on 29 of 41 through the air. He also rushed for 30 yards on seven attempts.
Lawrence finished 22 of 41 for 216 yards and neither a touchdown nor an interception in the contest. Christian Kirk was his favorite target with 11 catches for 110 yards. The Chiefs were able to hold Ridley, who went off in his return to the NFL last week against the Indianapolis Colts, to just two catches for 32 yards.
It wasn’t a pretty first half for either offense, as five straight punts (three for the Jaguars and two for the Chiefs) started this game between two very capable offenses. But a Richie James muffed punt led to the Jaguars capitalizing with the first points of the game, a 32-yard field goal from Brandon McManus.
Then, it was a turnover party for both teams, which included back-to-back fumbles followed by an Andre Cisco interception of Mahomes. But the Jaguars couldn’t make the best out of the opportunity, going 11 plays that resulted in a turnover on downs.
While it may have been a slow day, Kansas City isn’t going to complain with a road victory to tally the first win of the year. They will look to keep that going next week against the Chicago Bears at home.
Jacksonville will take on the Texans at home in Week 3.