Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 30-yard sack, four turnovers and a 10-point deficit Sunday to clinch their fifth consecutive AFC West title by beating Miami 33-27 on Sunday.
Mahomes was picked off three times, his first multi-interception game in more than two years, but threw for 393 yards and two scores to help the Chiefs (12-1) earn their eighth consecutive victory.
Tyreek Hill ran through the Dolphins’ secondary and behind it, scoring on a 32-yard run and a 44-yard reception when Mahomes hit him in stride at the goal line.
Travis Kelce had eight catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, Mecole Hardman scored untouched on a 67-yard punt return, and Kansas City’s defense was stout against Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins’ injury-riddled offense. Chris Jones sacked the rookie for a safety for a 30-10 lead.
Kansas City reached 12 wins for the third consecutive season, the longest streak in club history, and have the best 13-game record in franchise history. The Chiefs set a team record with their 10th road win in a row. The Dolphins (8-5) hurt their playoff prospects by losing for only the second time in the past nine games.
Dallas Cowboys 30-7 Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton was good enough in his return to Cincinnati, tossing two touchdown passes and helping lead the Dallas Cowboys to a win over the Bengals.
Cincinnati greatly contributed to the cause of their former longtime quarterback, who was playing in Paul Brown Stadium for the first time since he was cast aside by the team before the season. Dalton was serviceable, going 16 for 23 for 185 yards, as the Cowboys (4-7) stayed in contention in the weak NFC East. He threw an 11-yard, second-quarter touchdown to Amari Cooper, and hit Tony Pollard for a seven-yard score with 2:00 left in the game.
Minnesota Vikings 14–26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Taking advantage of a late bye week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers emerged refreshed and improved their playoff prospects with victory over the visiting Minnesota Vikings.
Tom Brady was 15 of 23 in the air for 196 yards and two touchdowns, including a momentum-changing 48-yard touchdown pass in the first half to Scotty Miller. Antonio Brown had five catches for 49 yards for Tampa Bay, while Ronald Jones II had 18 carries for 80 yards and a TD. The Buccaneers (8-5) had lost three of four games before their bye but entered holding the No 6 spot in the NFC’s playoff pecking order. The top seven teams in each conference advance to the playoffs.
Arizona Cardinals 26–7 New York Giants
Hasson Reddick set a franchise record with five sacks and Kenyan Drake rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown as the Arizona Cardinals notched a solid victory.
Kyler Murray went 24-of-35 passing for 244 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals (7-6), who bolstered their playoff positioning with just their second win in the past six games. New York (5-8) committed three turnovers and had a four-game winning streak snapped. Daniel Jones went 11-of-21 passing for 127 yards and was sacked six times.
Houston Texans 7–36 Chicago Bears
Mitch Trubisky tossed three touchdowns passes to three different receivers in a first-half eruption as the Chicago Bears parlayed a dominant defensive performance into victory.
Trubisky helped the Bears (6-7) snap a six-game losing skid by thriving in his matchup against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was taken 10 spots after Trubisky in the 2017 NFL Draft. Trubisky closed the first half 18 of 21 for 178 yards with scoring strikes to Jimmy Graham, Darnell Mooney and Allen Robinson II as the Bears raced to a 23-point halftime advantage. Watson, with his complementary skill talent ravaged by injury and suspension, could not keep pace.
Denver Broncos 32–27 Carolina Panthers
Drew Lock threw four touchdown passes and Diontae Spencer returned a punt for a score as the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers
It marked the most scoring passes in a game for Lock, a second-year pro. He completed 21 of 27 throws for 280 yards, with two of the TD passes going to KJ Hamler. Lock evened his touchdown-to-interception ratio for the season at 13 apiece as the Broncos (5-8) snapped a two-game skid.
Tennessee Titans 31-10 Jacksonville Jaguars
Derrick Henry ran for 215 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tennessee Titans dominated Jacksonville, handing the Jaguars a 12th consecutive loss.
It was Henry’s fourth game with at least 200 yards and two scores, setting an NFL record that he previously held with Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and LaDainian Tomlinson. Henry also topped the century mark for the ninth consecutive road game, leaving him one shy of the NFL mark set by Sanders over the 1996 and 1997 seasons.