“Great teams aren’t always great, they’re just great when they have to be.”
That quote from late NFL Films narrator John Facenda was applicable in Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Football Team. While it’s too early to determine whether or not the 2021 Chiefs will ultimately be a great team, their 31-13 victory over Washington on Sunday displayed the resolve of a team that is trying to right the ship after a disappointing start to their season. The Chiefs are now even at 3-3, while Washington is 2-4 for a second straight year.
Kansas City wasn’t great during the first half. Far from it, as the Chiefs committed three turnovers that included two Patrick Mahomes interceptions. But in the second half, the Chiefs turned a 13-10 deficit into a double-digit victory. Kansas City did so by making key plays on both sides of the ball. They also received a classic Mahomes performance in the game’s final 30 minutes, as the former league MVP hit Tyreek Hill for the go-ahead score with 4:07 left in the third quarter. It was the first of three straight touchdowns by the Chiefs’ offense; Darrel Williams scored his second touchdown on a three-yard run, and Demarcus Robinson iced the game with a 24-yard touchdown catch with 3:14 left. Mahomes finished with 397 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions on 32 of 47 passing.
Washington’s defense fought gamely but ultimately could not overcome the shortcomings from its offense and special teams. The Football Team’s offense did not make a single trip inside the red zone. Ahead 13-10, Dustin Hopkins missed a 42-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. The Chiefs capitalized on the miss with Williams’ second touchdown run. Washington’s lone touchdown came on Taylor Heinicke’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Seals-Jones with 1:18 left in the first half.