Mahomes’ huge return ruined by late Titans rally

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Patrick Mahomes‘ return to the lineup wasn’t enough to prevent the Kansas City Chiefs from losing for the fourth time in their last six games.

Mahomes was 36-of-50 for 446 yards and three touchdowns but that wasn’t enough. The Tennessee Titans scored the winning touchdown with 23 seconds left and beat the Chiefs 35-32.

The Chiefs botched a field goal attempt late in the game that would have put them ahead by eight points with less than two minutes remaining. Holder Dustin Colquitt didn’t appear ready for the snap. He scrambled to his feet and attempted a pass that landed nowhere near a receiver. He was penalized for intentional grounding.

Harrison Butker had a 52-yard field goal attempt blocked on the last play of the game.

At 6-4, the Chiefs’ lead in the AFC West is down to a half-game over the 5-4 Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs and Raiders will play one another on Dec. 1 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mahomes, the NFL MVP in 2018, missed the last 2½ games after dislocating his right kneecap but didn’t take much time in getting back to top form. He led the Chiefs on a touchdown drive on the game’s opening possession with the score coming on his three-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. That TD pass was his 66th in 25 career starts, breaking Dan Marino’s record of 65.

Mahomes had another touchdown pass to Kelce called back because of a penalty later in the first quarter. He also threw an 11-yard touchdown pass that he perfectly placed to Tyreek Hill in the back of the end zone.

Mahomes’ final TD pass of the game was his most spectacular. In the fourth Mahomes beat the Titans’ rush by throwing a jump pass to Mecole Hardman, who finished the play by outrunning defenders to the end zone for a 63-yard touchdown.

Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz had his streak of playing 7,895 snaps broken in the second quarter when he left the game because of a knee injury. That was the longest current streak in the NFL.

Schwartz hadn’t missed a snap since arriving in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns in 2012. He returned to the game in the second half.

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