NFL Week 18 highlights: Mahomes, Chiefs lead Raiders at halftime
Week 18 of the NFL season kicks off with a double-header Saturday, starting with the Las Vegas Raiders playing host to the Kansas City Chiefs, followed by the Tennessee Titans taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars later this evening.
Here are the highlights!
Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders
Love For Damar
Both the Chiefs and Raiders were sporting “Love For Damar” shirts ahead of the game. The shirts were made to show support for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who collapsed during Monday night’s game between the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.
Hamlin is now breathing on his own and able to talk after having his breathing tube removed, his agent said Friday.
Moment of support
It was a beautiful moment in Las Vegas as fans showed their support for Hamlin ahead of kickoff.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs wasted little time on offense as the superstar QB hit Justin Watson for a huge 67-yard gain on just the second play of the game.
Chiefs on the board first
On third-and-goal, Mahomes flipped a shovel pass to Jerick McKinnon for a 2-yard touchdown, giving the Chiefs an early 7-0 lead.
Daniel Carlson knocked through a 54-yard field goal for the Raiders on the next possession.
Las Vegas forced Kansas City to punt on its next possession with the latter pinning the former 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 pickup, followed by a 14-yard carry from Kadarius Toney. Then Ronald Jones 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 an 11-yard touchdown run by Toney. The score gave the Chiefs a 21-3 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Stidham was strip-sacked by Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna, and George Karlaftis recovered the loose ball with nine seconds remaining in the second half. Two plays later, Harrison Butker made a 44-yard field goal.
Kansas City led 24-3 at halftime.
Stay tuned for updates!
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (8:15 p.m. ET)
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