There was a lot that looked different about the return of NFL. One thing that was familiar however, was the sight of Patrick Mahomes effortlessly leading the Kansas City Chiefs up and down the field. The Super Bowl MVP threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns. And Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire looked electric running for 138 yards and another score. Football is back and the Chiefs picked up right where they left off. They defeated the Houston Texans 34-20 in front of a socially distanced crowd of about 17,000 people.
The Super Bowl LIV banner was raised last night in Kansas City to roars from those who were permitted to watch the game. Then Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill each caught TD passes for the Chiefs, who have now won 10 straight dating back to last season. The Texans’ Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score while being under relentless pressure. He was intercepted once. David Johnson provided the biggest bright spot for Houston, running for 77 yards and a score.
Against the backdrop of COVID-19 and social justice issues came an NFL opener unlike any other. Masks were worn by everyone from fans to the coaching staff (including Andy Reid’s foggy mask). There were a series of videos raising awareness of social justice initiatives and encouraging the public to vote; and ultimately both teams locking arms in a display of unity prior to the coin toss.
The game was played without a lot of sloppy performances or penalties. It was a good sign for the NFL which enters its first season without having any preseason games. It may be the strangest year in decades, but the return of football put a pause in the abnormal.
Whats Next For Both Teams
The Texans play their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 20. The Chiefs visit the San Diego Chargers the same day.