Patrick Mahomes set the NFL record for most passing and rushing yards in a season, and the Kansas City Chiefs cruised to a 31-13 victory over the Los Vegas Raiders on Saturday to clinch the AFC’s top seed.
Mahomes passed for 202 yards and rushed for 29 against the Raiders, giving him a season total of 5,608 yards. That surpassed the record of 5,562 yards set by Drew Brees in 2011 with the New Orleans Saints.
More than marking the mark, Mahomes helped secure the top spot for the Chiefs (14-3) and a spot in the first round of the playoffs, which begin next weekend. Kansas City, however, is not assured of home field advantage during the postseason.
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With Monday night’s Buffalo-Cincinnati game cancelled, the Chiefs could end up playing the Bills or Bengals in the AFC championship at a neutral field. The Buffalo-Cincinnati game was initially postponed after Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest. Hamlin remains in critical condition, but is improving.
The Chiefs matched their franchise record for regular season wins, set in 2020, and set a team mark with their 17th consecutive game of at least 300 yards of offense.
The Raiders (6-11) finished their first season under coach Josh McDaniels with three straight losses and four losses in five games. They made the playoffs a year ago, but now they face serious questions at quarterback, offensive line and the entire defense.
Jarrett Stidham started his second straight game in place of the sidelined Derek Carr, and this performance wasn’t nearly as good as the first. Stidham completed 22 of 36 passes for 219 yards with a touchdown and interception. He was fired six times.
A week ago, he threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-34 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who was dealing with hip and oblique injuries as well as a reported family emergency, was a game day decision, but he played. He rushed for 45 yards and could win the NFL rushing title with 1,653 yards.
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But Jacobs fell short of the franchise rushing record of 1,759 yards set by Marcus Allen in 1985. This was potentially Jacobs’ last game as a member of the Raiders because his fifth-year option was not accepted. His performance this season has given Las Vegas officials much to ponder.
Both teams wore black jerseys in warmups honoring Hamlin that read «LOVE FOR DAMAR» with his number 3 in the middle. Mahomes also wore a hoodie that featured a drawing of the player with «HAMLIN STRONG» underneath. … Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton made 16 tackles, giving him 180 for the season and breaking the team record of 179 set by Derrick Johnson in 2011. … Kansas City running back Jerick McKinnon , has caught a touchdown pass in six straight games. He has nine total TDs in that span. … Chiefs rookie defensive end George Karlaftis has 5½ sacks in seven games. … Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce caught six passes for 38 yards, giving him 110 receptions this season, just one shy of the Chiefs mark set by Tyreek Hill last season.
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Heads: DE Frank Clark (groin) came out in the second quarter.
Raiders: CB Nate Hobbs (hand) and LB Harvey Langi (concussion) went out and didn’t return.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Chiefs: The regular season is over. Kansas City hopes to see their opening playoff opponent.
Raiders: Las Vegas has some big roster decisions to make now that the season is over.