A record-setting game from Patrick Mahomes http://www.thechiefsfootballauthentic.com/dustin-colquitt-jersey-authentic , as the Chiefs beat the 49ers 38-2727 in their home opener at Arrowhead stadium, running up a 35-10 halftime lead after scoring five touchdowns on their first five possessions of the game.Full game stats from NFL.comFirst quarterThe 49ers started on offense, and went three and out after a dropped pass and a tackle for loss, and wisely punted out of bounds, putting the Chiefs in business at their own 43.On their opening drive, the Chiefs looked more like the Chiefs of Alex Smith than Patrick Mahomes, picking up their initial first down with runs from Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill, and calling a screen pass to Spencer Ware on third and 15.That play fell just short of the down marker at the 49ers 19-yard line, and the Chiefs went for it on fourth-and-1, converting with a Mahomes run from the shotgun.A 16-yard screen pass to Anthony Sherman put the Chiefs on the doorstep, and on the next play, Hunt ran unmolested into the end zone, recording his first rushing touchdown of the season, and giving the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.After a touchback, Matt Breida gashed the Chiefs with a 26 yard run to open the drive. and Jimmy Garoppolo hit Marquise Goodwin for a 13 yard gain.But then on third and 11, Dee Ford beat 49ers left tackle Joe Staley to sack Garoppolo, forcing a punt.The Chiefs next drive featured the deep pass attempts the fans wanted to see, but none of them worked.The first — a potential touchdown pass to Hill — was broken up by Richard Sherman.Another one — to backup tight end Demetrius Harris — was a poor throw.But the 49ers committed three penalties on the drive that gave the Chiefs first downs — the last a pass interference penalty in the end zone, which gave the Chiefs first and goal at the 1-yard line.On the next play, Hunt scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, and the Chiefs led 14-0.Second quarterThe 49ers got a quick boost to their next drive when Anthony Hitchens was flagged for pass interference while defending Kyle Juszczyk on the opening play.But penalties against the 49ers ultimately put them in third-and-16 at the 48.Like the Chiefs in the first quarter, the 49ers third down play came up just short, and they were able to convert on fourth and 1.On the next play, the Chiefs lost track of Juszczyk, who hauled in a Garoppolo pass and rambled 35 yards to the end zone, cutting the Chiefs lead to 14-7.The Chiefs wasted no time.On the next drive, Mahomes hit Travis Kelce for 25 yards on the first play, and on the next, Hill made a spectacular leaping catch to secure a 42-yard completion to put the Chiefs at the 49ers 8-yard line.Two plays later, the 49ers put pressure on Mahomes, who rolled left, then rolled right, and found Chris Conley in the end zone for his first touchdown pass of the day, extending the Chiefs lead to 21-7.After the 49ers went three-and-out on their next possession, the Chiefs started the next drive at their own 28.Sammy Watkins gained nine yards on an end around, and thenMahomes missed a wide-open Demarcus Robinson on what certainly would have been a 61-yard touchdown pass.But after a unnecessary roughness penalty against the 49ers put the Chiefs into San Francisco territory, Kelce caught a pass good for 21 yards, and Mahomes found Demetrius Harris for a 13 yard touchdown pass.The Chiefs led 28-7 Womens Sammy Watkins Jersey , with 3:37 remaining in the half.On the next 49ers possession, Justin Houston — for the second time this season — had a sack and strip nullified by a penalty, when Steven Nelson was penalized for a hold.But the 49ers were unable to capitalize on the lucky break, punting back to the Chiefs four plays later.Getting the ball backat their own 32 with 2:00 remaining, the Chiefs gained 31 yards on successive receptions to Kelce and Ware — the former an amazing one-handed catch.Damien Williams got in on the action with a nine yard reception.After the teams traded penalties, Kelce and Williams each got another reception, and then from the 49ers 12-yard line, Mahomes hit Watkins for his first touchdown catch of the season — and Mahomes’ third touchdown pass of the game — pushing the Chiefs lead to 35-7.It was Mahomes’ 13th touchdown pass through the first three weeks of the season, surpassing an NFL record set by Peyton Manning.The 49ers got the ball at their own 25 with only 34 seconds remaining, and Garoppolo immediately hit Kendrick Bourne for a 26 yard gain, and then completed passes of nine, 15 and three yards to get to the Kansas City 24.The 49ers took one more shot — resulting in an incomplete pass — and settled for a 39-yard field goal by Robbie Gould to send the teams to the locker rooms with the Chiefs leading 35-10.Third quarterStarting at their own 25 in their first possession of the second half, the Chiefs worked their way to the 48 before Harris dropped a third-and-3 pass to kill the drive, forcing the first Kansas City punt of the game.Two plays into their next drive, the 49ers got a shot in the arm when Garoppolo fumbled, recovered his own fumble, and then lateraled to Breida, who took advantage of the open field and ran for 27 yards.Suddenly the Chiefs defense was on its heels, and gave up 55 yards on three successive pass plays — the last an 11-yard touchdown pass to Goodwin to narrow the Chiefs’ advantage to 35-16, after Gould missed extra point.The Chiefs went three-and-out on their next possession, as Hunt was dropped for a loss on the opening play.Getting the ball back on their own 23, the 49ers could also have gone three-and-out.But Dee Ford’s sack of Garoppolo on third-and-5 was wiped out by an offsides penalty on Chris Jones, and the 49ers went to work.Gaining 47 yards on four consecutive completions, Garoppolo then hit Breida for 13 yards, setting up a three yard touchdown run by Alfred Morris.After a successful two point conversion, the 49ers narrowed the Chiefs’ lead to 11, trailing 35-24.Fourth quarterThe Chiefs went full West Coast offense in their next possession, working their way up to the 49ers 23 with a combination of runs and short passes.But on third-and-6 at the 19, the 49ers flushed Mahomes from the pocket. Mahomes managed to escape a sack, butoverthrew Ware in the end zone — which forced a 37-yard Harrison Butker field goal.The Chiefs then led 38-24.The 49ers responded with a dink-and-dunk drive of their own, marching down to the Chiefs 18, where the Chiefs held on third-and-1.The 49ers went for it on fourth-and-inches, and converted on a quarterback sneak.After Breida gained 13 yards, the Chiefs defense woke up, sacking Garoppolo on successive plays.Facing third-and-20, Garoppolo scrambled for 13 yards, but was injured when Steven Nelson hit him hard at the sideline.Garoppolo was eventually taken to the locker room on a cart, and a postgame report says the 49ers fear Garoppolo may have suffered a season-ending ACL injury.Coming in to the game with the 49ers at first-and-goal on the Chiefs seven yard line http://www.thechiefsfootballauthentic.com/laurent-duvernay-tardif-jersey-authentic , backup quarterback C.J. Beathard found George Kittle for an apparent touchdown.But the play was called back on a questionable offensive pass interference call made against Juszczyk, and the 49ers ultimately settled for a field goal on a drive that consumed 8:30.With 5:12 remaining, the Chiefs led 38-27.On the next drive — after the 49ers were called for pass interference on an incomplete pass to Watkins — the 49ers started using their timeouts.But then Kareem Hunt gained 10 yards on a third-and-8 play, effectively sealing the victory at the two minute warning.Full game stats from NFL.comStats HeadlinesIn his his start in front of the home crowd, Patrick Mahomes was 24 for 38 for 315 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, which was good for a passer rating of 115.5. He was sacked twice.Jimmy Garoppolo completed 20 passes on 30 attempts for 251 yards against the Chiefs secondary, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and a passer rating of 114.7. The Chiefs sacked him four times.Travis Kelce led Chiefs receivers with 114 yards on eight catches.Sammy Watkins had five for 55 yards and a touchdown, plus 20 yards of rushing on two carries.Kareem Hunt rushed for 44 yards on 18 attempts and two touchdowns. The Chiefs combined for just 77 yards rushing, but allowed the 49ers 178 yards rushing — led by Matt Breida, who had 90 yards on 10 carries.InjuriesChris Conley was injured in the first quarter, but walked off the field under his own power, and later returned to the game.Dee Ford left the game with a groin injury.Next weekThe Chiefs get an extra day of preparation before they go back on the road for Week 4, facing the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. The Kansas City Chiefs started slow, finished slower, but still held on to defeat the Denver Broncos 30-23 on Sunday afternoon, completing a season sweep of their division rivals and advancing to 7-1 at the halfway mark of their season. Here are five hot takes from the victory:1. Division games are different.Photo by David Eulitt/Getty ImagesIt’s pretty easy to look at Andy Reid’s record against the AFC West over the last few years and conclude that Reid owns this division — and at the top level, he does.He’s now won 19 of his last 20 regular-season games against AFC West opponents.Seven straight against the Broncos.Nine straight against the Los Angeles Chargers.Six of the last seven against the Oakland Raiders.But while familiarity breeds contempt — are there any teams Chiefs fans hate more than these three teams? — it also breeds competition.It’s a lot easier to game plan against a team you play a couple of times a year. Aside from the reps — an obvious factor — there’s another one: you can learn a lot more by playing a team than simply watching them on film.For an offensive chessmaster like Reid, eventually, that gives him the advantage.Indeed, through his first two seasons with the Chiefs, Reid was 5-7 against the AFC West.Since then, he’s 19-2.But even during those recent years, the AFC West games haven’t been cakewalks.Ten of them — almost half — were decided by a single score or less, and two of them went into overtime.I can’t speak for anybody else, but all of this is why — regardless of the location, records or stats involved — I almost never predict a blowout in a division game.And there are three of those left on the 2018 schedule.Assume nothing.2. Sam-MY!Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty ImagesIf you’ve been waiting for Sammy Watkins’ big breakout, Sunday’s game might have been it.He had eight catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the game.That’s 453 yards and three touchdowns on 34 receptions so far this season.Eight games in, it doesn’t take complicated math to see that Watkins could end up with a season on par with his productive seasons in Buffalo; for the season, he could easily land somewhere near 1,000 yards, with catches somewhere in the high sixties.On a team where Watkins is third in receiving yards, receptions and targets, that’s saying something!Watkins is being paid a lot of money to be the third wide receiver, and the argument that this money might have been better spent on defense is indeed compelling.But that said, Watkins’ mere presence elevates the rest of the receivers; he’s one more weapon for which defenses must account.And regardless of how you feel about his paycheck, you have to love the way Watkins plays.He gets himself open Youth Travis Kelce Jersey , and once he has the ball, he’s a fearsome, hard-nosed runner who can get yards after catch.So it’s OK that we argue about the team’s priorities with regard to Watkins’ paycheck.But let’s not act like he isn’t a good player who isn’t helping this offense.He got paid because there are a lot of teams that would have paid a lot of money for what Watkins could have brought to their tables.And he’s delivering that to the Chiefs.3. The rushing quandaryPhoto by David Eulitt/Getty ImagesOn Sunday, the Chiefs rushed for only 49 yards on 18 carries.Meanwhile, the Broncos rushed for 189 yards on 30 attempts.That’s 2.7 yards per attempt to 6.3.That’s not going to do it, my friends.Everybody is convinced that in the NFL, the running game is dead — and there’s no doubt that in the 2018 season, the passing game is up significantly.NFL Offense through Week 7, 2017-2018Those are some amazing numbers.But none of this changes the fact that in a given game, being able to run the ball — and stop the run — can be very important.Last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Chiefs were able to shut them down by rushing the ball late in the game, eating up the clock until there simply wasn’t enough time for the Bengals to overcome the Chiefs lead.Yet on Sunday, the Chiefs couldn’t even get a first down on their last three drives.While the Chiefs defense was able to make some opportune plays late in the game to keep the Broncos down, with an ability to run the ball at will, the Chiefs could have — and should have — made the outcome of this game a foregone conclusion early in the fourth quarter, rather than on the game’s final play.What they did on Sunday was enough to beat the Broncos.But it might not be enough against better teams.In the hours immediately after the game, I can’t identify the precise problem on either side of the ball; I’m certain that as the week progresses, we’ll begin to have some potential answers.But the Chiefs are going to have to figure it out.4. A step forward, and half a step backPhoto by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesIt would have been nice for the Chiefs defense to continue the performance they had against the Bengals in Week 7.Five sacks of Case Keenum — one of them forcing a turnover — and Kendall Fuller’s interception certainly represented key defensive plays that helped put this game in the win column for the Chiefs.However, the 411 yards of offense the Broncos put up — while better than most games this season — still isn’t an acceptable number.But I’d really rather not focus on that.Instead, I’d like to focus on something the defense is continuing to do well: render opposing quarterbacks inefficient.Before the season began, I pointed out that in three of the last five seasons, the Chiefs defense held opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating below 80.If your own quarterback can consistently perform 10-20 points better than your opponent, it’s a pretty good formula for success.In Alex Smith, the Chiefs had such a quarterback — especially in 2017.Obviously, Patrick Mahomes is performing at a significantly higher level than Smith, which gives the defense some leeway in this area.Even so, going into Week 8 — despite the problems we’ve seen on defense — the Chiefs have held opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating of 88.8 in 2018, which is good for eighth in the league.Since the Chiefs have a team passer rating of 114.0 — third in the league — it helps explain how a team with a few truly awful defensive statistics could be 7-1 halfway through the season.So while we’d all like to see the Chiefs defense do better, it’s not as if the team’s success to this point has been a fluke.5. Mahomes keeps knocking ‘em downPhoto by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesMahomes needed only three passing touchdowns on Sunday to pass a list of all-time great quarterbacks who had thrown astounding numbers of touchdowns in the first eight weeks of a season.Three touchdowns also would have kept him ahead of the blistering pace established by Kurt Warner at the beginning of his NFL career.But on Sunday, Mahomes threw four.And also threw for 300 yards for the seventh consecutive week, which tied Peyton Manning’s modern-era streak that began in the 2012 season, but ended in the 2013 season.Drew Brees has had two streaks of nine games, but neither of those took place in a single season.But only one player has ever had a streak of seven or more 300-yard games in a single season.Andrew Luck had such a streak in 2014.It went for eight games.With one more next Sunday, Mahomes will tie Luck.With one more after that, he’ll be all alone.This young man — I just can’t call him “kid” anymore — is amazing.