Week 18 of NFL The season kicks off with a doubleheader Saturday, starting with the Las Vegas Raiders hosting the Kansas City Chiefs, followed by the Tennessee Titans taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars later tonight.
Here are the highlights!
Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders
Love for Damar
Both the Chiefs and Raiders sported “Love For Damar” jerseys before the game. The shirts were made to show their support Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlinwho collapsed during Monday night’s game between the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.
Hamlin is now breathing on his own and able to speak after the breathing tube was removed, his agent said Friday.
Moment of support
It was a beautiful moment in Vegas as fans showed their support for Hamlin before the start.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs wasted little time on offense when the superstar QB hit Justin Watson for a huge 67-yard gain on just the second play of the game.
Heads to the board first
On third-and-goal, Mahomes threw a shovel pass to Jerick McKinnon for a 2-yard touchdown, giving the Chiefs an early 7-0 lead.
Daniel Carlson kicked a 54-yard field goal for the Raiders on the next possession.
The uppercase heads
Las Vegas forced Kansas City to punt on its next possession with the second punting first down at its own 5-yard line. After appearing to work out of harm’s way, Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham was intercepted by Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill.
Taking over at the Las Vegas 44-yard line, Mahomes hit wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 28-yard pick, followed by a 14-yard carry from Kadarius Toney. Ronald Jones then ran in Kansas City’s second touchdown.
KC being KC
After the Raiders failed to score from 2 yards out, the Chiefs took over and put together a 98-yard drive, which concluded with Toney’s 11-yard touchdown run. The score gave the Chiefs a 21-3 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Stidham was sacked by Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna, and George Karlaftis recovered the loose ball with nine seconds left in the second half. Two plays later, Harrison Butker made a 44-yard field goal.
Kansas City led 24-3 at halftime.
In total control
Early in the fourth quarter, Kansas City extended its lead to four points.
Running back Isiah Pacheco took off for a 31-yard run to the Las Vegas 2-yard line. Three plays later, the running back made the score at the goal line. The Chiefs led 31-6 with 11:03 left in the fourth quarter.
Stay tuned for updates!
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (8:15 p.m. ET)
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