Jacksonville, FL. – This is the moment everyone has been waiting for — the start of the NFL season. The Kansas City Chiefs went up against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Florida on TIAA Bank Field, or EverBank Field. From the beginning of the game, the Chiefs took the game. The Chiefs won by 14 points; the final score was 40-26.
A Good Start
It took just one minute and thirty-six seconds for the Chiefs to get a touchdown and field goal. The Chiefs also scored a three-point field goal, putting the score to 10-0. It was nearing the end of the first quarter when the Jaguars scored a touchdown and their field goal. The Chiefs made a touchdown and made their field goal attempt for one point at 13 minutes into the game. The Jaguars made a three-point field goal attempt at the beginning of the second quarter. Both the Chiefs and the Jaguars made a three-point field goal in the second quarter. That put the score to 20-13. The Chiefs made another field goal attempt for three points before the halftime. The halftime score was 23-13, with the Chiefs in the lead.
In the third quarter, the Chiefs were the only ones to score a point, making it 30-13 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, both teams made points. The Chiefs made another touchdown and succeeded with the field goal attempt. The Jaguars made 6 points, then the Chiefs made 3 points, and the last points got to the Jaguars who made a touchdown and their field goal attempt. The final score was 40-26.
Putting on a Show
Patrick Mahomes, starting QB for the Chiefs, threw for 211 yards in the first quarter, becoming the first QB in 40 years with at least 200 yards in the first quarter of a season opener. Mahomes threw for 378 yards, three touchdowns, and a no-look pass which he, unfortunately, threw to high for tight end Travis Kelce.
Nick Foles, starting QB for the Jaguars, threw for 78 yards and one touchdown before getting hurt and taken out of the game. Gardner Minshew, the back-up QB for the Jaguars, threw for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
There were several injuries in this game, with a few of both teams star players getting hurt on the field. Nick Foles, the quarterback for the Jaguars, was escorted off the field to the locker room in the first half of the game. Reports came back later in the game and said that he had broken his collarbone. He was out the rest of the game. Tyreek Hill, wide receiver for the Chiefs, also got out of the game at an early point. Hill was taken to the hospital for tests, and the results came back saying that he had a collarbone injury.
Patrick Mahomes, starting quarterback for the Chiefs, also had an injury. In the second quarter, Mahomes got tackled and sprained his ankle. Mahomes was helped off the field and into the tent but returned a few minutes later with his left ankle all taped up. He went right back into the game though, and played for the rest of the game, heavily relying on his pocket coverage.