Mahomes, Hill light up Bucs, Chiefs hold on vs. Brady 27-24

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas.

    Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. Associated Press

  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Associated Press

  • Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) pulls in a 44-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

    Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) pulls in a 44-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Associated Press

  • Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) eludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) and inside linebacker Devin White (45) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

    Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) eludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) and inside linebacker Devin White (45) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Associated Press

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) hurdles Kansas City Chiefs free safety Daniel Sorensen (49) as he scores on a 37-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) hurdles Kansas City Chiefs free safety Daniel Sorensen (49) as he scores on a 37-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Associated Press

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones III (27) celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady (12) after scoring on a 37-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones III (27) celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady (12) after scoring on a 37-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Associated Press

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) exchanges words with Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) as referee Shawn  Hochuli (83) tries to separate the two during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) exchanges words with Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) as referee Shawn  Hochuli (83) tries to separate the two during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Associated Press

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) celebrates his score against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) celebrates his score against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 11/29/2020 9:49 PM

TAMPA, Fla. -- When Tyreek Hill draws single coverage, Patrick Mahomes is going to find a way to get the ball to the Kansas City Chiefs' most explosive receiver.

Mahomes threw for 462 yards, including touchdowns of 75, 44 and 20 yards to Hill, who finished with 13 catches for 269 yards in the reigning Super Bowl champions' 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

 

'It feels good, you know, but I feel like there's still a lot of work for me to do,' Hill said after going over 1,000 yards for the season.

'I'm always trying to get better, got to be consistent with what you do,' Hill added. 'Those same people showing you love this week, you make a bad play next week, they're going to hate you.'

Mahomes outplayed Tom Brady to win the fourth career matchup between the MVPs, completing 37 of 49 passes and holding the ball for more than 10 minutes without scoring on Kansas City's last two possessions to put the game away.

Hill benefited from Sammy Watkins' return to the Chiefs lineup after being sidelined since Week 5 with a hamstring injury and got the best of a matchup with Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis, who often had no help trying to contain the speedy receiver.

'We don't get that a lot, especially with that guy and his ability,' Mahomes said. 'So when we do, we try to take advantage of it.'

Hill had seven catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone, joining Qadry Ismail (210 in the third quarter on Dec. 12, 1999) and Lee Evans (205 in the first quarter on Nov. 19, 2006) as the only NFL receivers since 1980 to have 200 yards worth of receptions in a single quarter.

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The fifth-year pro's last catch - an 8-yarder on third-and-7 in the final minute - gave Mahomes an opportunity to run out the clock.

'The last one, I learned a long time ago, you don't give Tom Brady another shot,' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. 'That's why he's the G.O.A.T. So, don't give them the ball back. That was the mindset there.'

The Chiefs (10-1) won their sixth straight game and clinched their seventh 10-win season in eight years under Reid.

The defending champs improved to 6-0 on the road and have won nine straight away from home going back to last year.

'Very very few guys that I've seen in this league or any league that can backpedal eight, nine, 10, 11 yards in the pocket and throw a dime 25 yards down the field," Bucs coach Bruce Arians said of Mahomes. 'And he can read the defense as he does it. That makes him more explosive.'

Brady was 27 of 41 for 345 yards, three touchdowns and a pair of second-half interceptions in falling to 2-2 against Mahomes, who built an early 17-0 lead and also had the Chiefs up by 17 entering the fourth quarter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Bucs (7-5) made it close, with Brady throwing TD passes of 31 and 7 yards to Mike Evans, the latter trimming his team's deficit deficit to 27-24 with 4:10 remaining.

Tampa Bay, which has lost three straight home games, never got the ball back.

'We battled back but we left ourselves a big deficit," Brady said. "When you play a good offense we've got to do our job offensively and keep them off the field.'

The Chiefs led 20-7 at halftime. The Bucs were fortunate they weren't in a bigger hole.

Kansas City ran 42 plays to Tampa Bay's 22 in the first two quarters, outgaining the Bucs 377 yards to 131 with Mahomes throwing for 359 yards and Brady 117.

Three drives inside the Bucs 20, however, only netted a pair of short field goals. Shaquil Barrett sacked Mahomes, forcing a fumble that William Gholston recovered at the 14 with the Chiefs looking to build on a 17-0 lead.

Bashaud Breeland and Tyrann Mathieu picked off Brady. The Chiefs hurt themselves with a pair of roughing the passer penalties on the 10-play, 73-yard drive the six-time Super Bowl champion put together to close the gap to three points.

The loss comes on the heels of home defeats to New Orleans and the Los Angeles Rams, games in which Brady played poorly and left his new team searching for answers about the offense's inconsistency.

Brady isn't listening to critics, who feel the Bucs aren't tailoring their scheme to what he's done best during his career.

'Just external noise. When you're losing that's what you deal with," Brady said. "I love playing with the guys, and the whole organization is unbelievable. I've just got to do a better job in the final four games.'

LONG DROUGHT

The Chiefs beat Tampa Bay for the first time since Sept. 5, 1993, when Joe Montana led Kansas City to a 27-3 victory. The Bucs had won five straight in a series the Chiefs lead 8-5.

INJURIES

Chiefs: LB Dorian O'Daniel suffered a right ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return.

Buccaneers: LG Ali Marpet returned to the lineup after missing three games because of a concussion. LT Donovan Smith was active after not practicing all week and being listed as questionable with an ankle injury suffered last week against the Los Angeles Rams.

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Host Denver next Sunday night, the lone home game during a stretch that'll see Kansas City play four of five on the road.

Buccaneers: Bye week.

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