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Patrick Mahomes sets Kansas City Chiefs passing touchdown record in win over Arizona Cardinals.

0:52 | November 11, 2018 | Arizona Cardinals, Football, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL

Game Information
Location: Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 76,712

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes will always have some special TV footage of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrating his record-setting touchdown pass in a win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

That's because Tyreek Hill was the one recording it.

Mahomes threw for 249 yards with two TD strikes to Hill, but it was the second one that sent the Chiefs' first-year starter past Hall of Famer Len Dawson for the single-season TD record. It was the 31st for Mahomes - with six games yet to play - and it helped lift Kansas City to a 26-14 victory over the Cardinals and another game closer to the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Hill celebrated the score by leaping into the stands, then commandeering the CBS camera - earning him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from the officials and a sharp rebuke from coach Andy Reid.

"The celebration just came into my head," Hill said. "For him to come in and do that, that's amazing, man. People doubted him - `He wasn't going to do this, he wasn't going to do that.' I'm proud of him."

Hill had seven catches for 117 yards. Kareem Hunt pounded his way for 71 yards rushing. The defense came up with five sacks and two picks. And the Chiefs' special teams were nearly perfect, helping to keep the Cardinals (2-7) winless in six meetings at Arrowhead Stadium.

"It was definitely a grind out there," Hunt said, "and definitely a team that was trying to come up big in a big-time win to get their program back on track, but most importantly we got the win."

Josh Rosen had 195 yards passing with a touchdown, but two interceptions and several brutal hits in the fourth quarter no doubt left a lasting impression. David Johnson ran for 98 yards with TDs on the ground and through the air, while Larry Fitzgerald had six catches for 50 yards and passed Terrell Owens for No. 2 on the NFL's career receiving yardage list in the closing minutes.

Fitzgerald has 15,952 yards in 15-year career, trailing only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

"I'm pretty close to T.O. His friendship and my relationship with him is valuable to me. He means a great deal to me," Fitzgerald said. "It's frustrating that it comes in another loss."

The Chiefs' weekly air show got started on the game's first play, when Hill ran right past Patrick Peterson to haul in a 38-yard reception. Two plays later, Hill ran past the rest of the Arizona defense and Mahomes found him streaking into the end zone for a 37-yard scoring catch.

Arizona answered with a time-consuming 75-yard touchdown drive of its own.

Both defenses fared better the rest of the half, with the Cardinals sacking Mahomes four times and the Chiefs' rejuvenated defense getting enough pressure to keep Rosen uncomfortable.

The Chiefs finally reached the end zone again when Mahomes zipped a third-and-goal pass into double coverage to Hill, who cradled it for his quarterback's record-setting score.

"Listen, he's had a heck of a year," Reid said of Mahomes, who was not available after the game because of a family emergency. "He's played his heart out and I love the backside of that, how he goes about his business. He has a lot on his plate as far as responsibility goes to run the offense."

As for Hill's touchdown celebration?

"That was too much," Reid said, hiding a smile. "I was not happy."

The Cardinals stuck with Johnson in the second half, and they slowly grinded their way to another touchdown. He carried it six times and finished a 12-play, 61-yard drive with a TD plunge to get Arizona within 20-14 midway through the third quarter.

But after the Cardinals got the ball back early in the fourth, Rosen had a screen pass picked by Justin Houston at the line of scrimmage. And instead of marching for a go-ahead TD, the Cardinals watched Spencer Ware dive in for a touchdown to extend a lead the Chiefs would never relinquish.

"Thought the guys fought to the end," Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said. "There are no moral victories in this game. All credit goes to Kansas City. Well-prepared, good football team."

QUOTABLE

"I think we did a couple things really well. We've just got to duplicate it. Our opening drives were pretty long and sustainable, and kept our defense off the field. We had pretty well-timed possessions. A little good nugget here and there, but some bad things to clean up." - Rosen.

COIN-TOSS LOSS

The Chiefs lost their first coin toss all season when the Cardinals successfully called tails. They deferred to the second half, forcing Kansas City to start on offense for the first time.

INJURIES

Cardinals: WR Chad Williams (ankle), LG Mike Iupati (back) and DL Robert Nkemdichi (calf) were inactive. ... RG Justin Pugh left early in the second half with a knee injury.

Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins (foot), SS Eric Berry (heel), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring) and OL Mitch Morse (concussion) were inactive. ... Houston (hamstring) was active for the first time since Oct. 7.

UP NEXT

Arizona returns home to face the Raiders next Sunday.

Kansas City faces the Rams next Monday night in Mexico City.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Chiefs
14:04 Tyreek Hill 37 yd pass from Patrick Mahomes (Harrison Butker kick) 0 7
08:03 David Johnson 9 yd pass from Josh Rosen (Phil Dawson kick) 7 7
03:00 Harrison Butker 45 yd FG 7 10

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Chiefs
12:29 Harrison Butker 46 yd FG 7 13
05:31 Tyreek Hill 14 yd pass from Patrick Mahomes (Harrison Butker kick) 7 20

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Chiefs
07:48 David Johnson 1 yd run (Phil Dawson kick) 14 20

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Chiefs
10:14 Spencer Ware 3 yd run (failed 2pt Pass from Patrick Mahomes) 14 26

Team Stats
  Arizona Kansas City
1st Downs 21 20
Total Yards 260 330
Passing 166 212
Passing Completions/Attempts 22-39 21-28
Yards/Pass 3.8 6.4
Rushing 94 118
Rushing Attempts 25 23
Yards/Rush 3.8 5.1
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Possession 31:47 28:13

Arizona Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Josh Rosen 22 39 208 5.3 1 2

Kansas City Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Patrick Mahomes 21 28 249 8.9 2 0

Arizona Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
David Johnson 21 98 4.7 1 11
Chase Edmonds 2 7 3.5 0 5
Josh Rosen 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1
J.J. Nelson 1 -10 -10.0 0 -10

Kansas City Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Kareem Hunt 16 71 4.4 0 18
Patrick Mahomes 4 21 5.2 0 14
Tyreek Hill 1 20 20.0 0 20
Spencer Ware 2 6 3.0 1 3

Arizona Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
David Johnson 7 85 12.1 1 24
Ricky Seals-Jones 5 51 10.2 0 21
Larry Fitzgerald 6 50 8.3 0 15
T.J. Logan 2 14 7.0 0 10
Christian Kirk 2 8 4.0 0 6
J.J. Nelson 0 0 0.0 0

Kansas City Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Tyreek Hill 7 117 16.7 2 38
Travis Kelce 6 46 7.7 0 10
Demarcus Robinson 3 30 10.0 0 17
Kareem Hunt 2 25 12.5 0 16
Chris Conley 1 22 22.0 0 22
Spencer Ware 1 7 7.0 0 7
Anthony Sherman 1 2 2.0 0 2
Marcus Kemp 0 0 0.0 0

Arizona Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Bene Benwikere 6 3 0 0
Antoine Bethea 5 0 0 0
Corey Peters 4 0 0 0
Patrick Peterson 4 0 0 0
Chandler Jones 3 0 2 15
Tre Boston 3 1 0 0
Benson Mayowa 2 0 1 8
Josh Bynes 2 1 1 7
Rodney Gunter 2 0 1 7
Budda Baker 2 1 0 0
Markus Golden 2 1 0 0
Haason Reddick 2 2 0 0
Zach Moore 1 0 0 0
Deone Bucannon 0 0 0 0
Derrick Coleman 0 0 0 0
Dennis Gardeck 0 0 0 0
David Johnson 0 0 0 0
Olsen Pierre 0 2 0 0
Josh Rosen 0 0 0 0

Kansas City Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Eric Murray 5 1 0 0
Ben Niemann 5 1 0 0
Reggie Ragland 5 2 0 0
Dee Ford 4 2 1 7
Kendall Fuller 4 1 0 0
Chris Jones 2 1 2 21
Allen Bailey 2 0 1 8
Ron Parker 2 0 1 6
Dorian O'Daniel 2 4 0 0
Orlando Scandrick 2 1 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 2 4 0 0
Xavier Williams 2 2 0 0
Justin Houston 1 0 0 0
Derrick Nnadi 1 0 0 0
Harrison Butker 0 0 0 0
Jarvis Jenkins 0 1 0 0
Marcus Kemp 0 0 0 0
Jordan Lucas 0 0 0 0
Steven Nelson 0 0 0 0
Breeland Speaks 0 0 0 0
Charvarius Ward 0 0 0 0
Damien Williams 0 0 0 0

Arizona Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Kansas City Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Steven Nelson 1 35 0
Justin Houston 1 4 0

Arizona Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
T.J. Logan 3 89 29.7 0 36

Kansas City Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tremon Smith 2 22 11.0 0 15

Arizona Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Christian Kirk 3 8 2.7 0 6

Kansas City Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tyreek Hill 2 0 0.0 0 2

Arizona Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Kansas City Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Harrison Butker 2 2 100.0 46

Arizona Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Andy Lee 5 247 55

Kansas City Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Dustin Colquitt 5 233 52