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Mahomes’ theatrics highlight Chiefs’ 32-29 win over Saints


Patrick Mahomes had his full repertoire of side-arm throws, basketball-style push passes and underhanded flips on display while passing for 254 yards and three touchdowns, and the Kansas City Chiefs extended their winning streak to nine games with a 32-29 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Kansas City defense did its part to spoil Drew Brees’ return from rib fractures and a punctured lung that had kept the record-setting passer out four games. While Brees passed for 234 yards and three TDs, he completed less than half of his passes and was intercepted for just the fourth time this season.The victory kept the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs (13-1) in pole position to capture the AFC’s lone playoff bye as a No. 1 seed. The Saints (10-4), meanwhile, missed a chance to clinch the NFC South for a second straight week and now are longshots to capture the NFC’s top seed.Mahomes’ scoring passes went for 5 yards each to Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman, the latter coming as the Chiefs’ agile QB back-peddled toward the left sideline to avoid pressure and released a throw to the back corner of the end zone, where Hardman was able to snag it in traffic while narrowly getting two feet inbounds.Mahomes’ second TD toss looked more like a basketball assist, a chest-pass to tight end Travis Kelce cutting behind blockers for a 1-yard score.Mahomes later used an underhanded forward flip to Kelce for a 2-point conversion after a 12-yard touchdown run by Le’Veon Bell to make it 29-15 in the fourth quarter.Bell’s TD came one play after Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan was flagged for a personal foul and ejected for punching right guard Andrew Wylie following an incomplete pass.The Saints pulled to 29-22 when Trey Hendrickson stripped Mahomes while making his second sack of the game, setting up Alvin Kamara’s 14-yard score on a short catch and run through a swarm of players along the right sideline.Kansas City responded with a field goal with 4:18 left, but Brees pulled New Orleans within a field goal with his 17-yard scoring pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey with 2:06 to go.With two timeouts remaining, the Saints kicked deep, but could not prevent Mahomes and Co. from running out the clock. Just 3,000 tickets were sold for this marquee matchup between playoff contenders in the Superdome, but those in attendance got a first-hand look at Mahomes’ mesmerizing and unconventional theatrics.On a third-and-8 conversion in the first half, Mahomes darted right to avoid defensive tackle David Onyemata, then suddenly stopped and stepped up as Jordan, in close pursuit, stumbled past. Mahomes then fired a pass to Sammy Watkins for a 23-yard gain. The play extended the drive that culminated with Kelce’s TD.The Saints briefly took a 15-14 lead early in the third quarter when Brees found Latavius Murray uncovered late in a play that appeared to be breaking down and the running back scampered for a 24-yard touchdown.The Chiefs went back on top for good on their next series.Brees’ return got off to a rough start. His first three passes fell incomplete before his fourth was intercepted by L’Jarius Sneed at the New Orleans 36-yard line, setting up Hill’s TD that made it 7-0.Brees needed more than a full quarter to complete a pass or lead the Saints to a first down. His first completion came on his seventh pass. A few plays later, he hit Emmanuel Sanders 51 yards down the right sideline to set up Taysom Hill’s 1-yard TD run.The Saints cut it to 14-9 at the end of the half with a safety during a Chiefs punt return fumbled into the end zone by Demarcus Robinson. Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone tried to fall on it in the end zone, but it squirted away and over the end line.INJURIESChiefs: Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire needed help to the locker room in the fourth quarter, not putting any pressure on his left leg. The Chiefs also announced linebacker Emmanuel Smith injured his hamstring.Saints: Receiver Tre’Quan Smith and safety Marcus Williams each left with ankle injuries in the second half.UP NEXTChiefs: Host Atlanta on Sunday in the first of two home games to finish the regular season.Saints: Close out their home schedule against Minnesota on Christmas Day.LIVE GAME BLOG7 p.m. — The Chiefs wrap it up and now move to 13-1 with a 32-29 victory over the Saints. 6:45 p.m. — Drew Brees drives right down the field and punches the ball into the end zone on a touchdown pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey. It’s now 32-29 with 2:06 left in the game. Will the Saints go for the onside or kick it and play defense against Mahomes?6:39 p.m. — The Chiefs extend their lead to 10 points on a Harrison Butker 22-yard field goal, but Clyde Edwards-Helaire goes down on the drive with an injury to his left leg. He had to be helped off the field, and he couldn’t put any weight on his left leg. Kansas City 32, New Orleans 22.6:27 p.m. — The Saints make the turnover count as Alvin Kamara scoots into the end zone after a shot pass from Drew Brees to cut the Kansas City lead to seven points.Kansas City 29, New Orleans 22.6:25 p.m. — The Saints crush Patrick Mahomes and recover a fumble at the Chiefs’ 25-yard line. The Kansas City defense is going to have to make some plays to keep this at a 14-point lead.6:18 p.m. — RING THE BELL! Le’Veon Bell takes an option pitch from Patrick Mahomes and dashes into the end zone for a Kansas City Chiefs touchdown. The Chiefs convert the two-point conversion and take a 29-15 lead with 13:44 left in the game.6:07 p.m. — The Chiefs have turned to their ground game to gobble up yardage as we head to the fourth quarter. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 63 yards on 10 carries, while Le’Veon Bell has 32 yards on some quick bursts. Overall, Mahomes is 21 of 39 for 206 yards and three touchdowns.Kansas City 21, New Orleans 15.5:45 p.m. — We see you Patrick Mahomes. We saw more Mahomes Magic on that drive, as he connects with Mecole Hardman for a 5-yard touchdown pass. The pass was thrown in such a tight window that only his receiver could catch it, and it was just as good of a catch by Hardman. The Chiefs now lead 21-15.5:31 p.m. — Game on. The Saints march right down the field and take a 15-14 lead thanks to some costly Chiefs penalties and a few big passes from Drew Brees. New Orleans takes the lead on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Latavius Murray, but the play came after Tyrann Mathieu couldn’t come up with an interception in the end zone.5:12 p.m. — We’ve reached halftime. It’s 14-9 Kansas City. The Saints scored a safety after Demarcus Robinson was stripped of the football on a punt return and the ball squirted out of the back of the end zone. The Chiefs are very fortunate that New Orleans didn’t recover it for the touchdown.Patrick Mahomes is 13 of 27 for 121 yards and two touchdowns, while Drew Brees is 5 of 16 for 87 yards. The Chiefs patchwork offensive line has been struggling to slow the Saints pass rush and have given up three sacks. Mahomes has been pressured 13 times, too.The defense played well for most of the first half, giving up only 123 yards of total offense.5:05 p.m. — The Saints defense is legit. Yes, the Chiefs are missing some key pieces on the OL, but they’re getting pressure on Patrick Mahomes that we’ve not seen much of this season. 4:32 p.m. — After holding the Saints to zero first downs, the Chiefs give up a 51-yard pass from Drew Brees and the Saints then punch it into the end zone on a Taysom Hill run from the 1-yard line. It’s now KC 14, New Orleans 7.4:15 p.m. — The Chiefs are dominating the Saints. Travis Kelce’s 600th career reception goes for a touchdown, as the Chiefs take a 14-0 lead over the Saints. Even more impressive is Kansas City’s defense, which has held Drew Brees to 0 of 6 and one interception so far.4:10 p.m. — We’ve reached the end of the first quarter and the Chiefs are driving again thanks to some magical throws from Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City has the ball at the 1-yard-line to start the second quarter. Mahomes is now 11 of 19 for 118 yards and a score. The Chiefs defense didn’t give up a first down in the quarter.3:55 p.m. — The Chiefs are on the board with a 5-yard touchdown reception from Tyreek Hill. Kansas City finishes off the drive after the interception to take a 7-0 lead over the Saints with 5:46 left in the first quarter.3:42 p.m. — L’Jarius Sneed gets the first turnover with an interception of Drew Brees. The Chiefs defense has looked quite impressive on the first two Saints drives. 3:35 p.m. — Two punts to start the game off. Folks looking for an early shootout have been treated to solid defense to start things off. 3:25 p.m. — We’ve kicked off in the Super Dome. The Chiefs got the ball first, but they stalled after getting one first down on the drive.2:30 p.m. — Matt McMullen and Shawn Barber are live with the breakdown of the Chiefs matchup against the New Orleans Saints.2:15 p.m. — As expected, the Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher has been declared active for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Fisher had been battling a banged up back, but he fully participated in Friday’s practice and should be good to go against New Orleans. Having Fisher in the lineup is key in Kansas City’s efforts to protect Patrick Mahomes, especially since Mitchell Schwartz is on injured reserve and Mike Remmers is inactive Sunday.2:05 p.m.–Here are the Chiefs’ inactives for today’s game against New Orleans:CB BoPete KeyesRB Darwin ThompsonLB Damien WilsonOT Mike RemmersTE Ricky Seals-JonesDE Tim WardDT Khalen Saunders1:50 p.m. — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is back. He’ll start the game for the Saints after being out with a rib injury.1:45 p.m. — The Chiefs have arrived at the Super Dome.PREGAMESaints coach Sean Payton seriously considered drafting Patrick Mahomes in 2017.But the Saints were slated to pick 11th overall, and Kansas City traded up to snag Mahomes at pick No. 10. Record-setting quarterback Drew Brees was 38 years old then but had no intention of retiring. And as it turned out, the Saints wound up with one of the greatest drafts in franchise history that year, anyway. It began with the 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who’ll get his first chance to see how he fares against Mahomes and Co. on Sunday when the Saints (10-3) host the defending champion Chiefs (12-1) in a potential Super Bowl preview. “Everything worked out for the best,” Lattimore said. “He’s over there doing his thing. I’m over here doing my thing. So, everybody won.“And yeah, I’m excited to play him because he’s one of the great up-and-coming quarterbacks,” Lattimore continued. “So you know our game is going to be way up, and you know we’re going to be ready for him.”With help from playmakers such as receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce, Mahomes leads the NFL in yards passing with 4,208 and has his team in pole position to defend its Super Bowl title. “To be that young and to be as talented as he is is rare,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Mahomes. “For him to have excelled the way he has is a real tribute to the kid and the genes that his parents gave him, too, is part of it — and how hard he works.”The Chiefs have the best record in the AFC. But ensuring that it stays that way another week requires a victory against a contending Saints squad looking to bounce back from a stunning loss in Philadelphia. The Saints can win the NFC South for a fourth straight season with a victory (or a Tampa Bay loss).“It’s going to be a great battle,” Lattimore said. “I feel like we’re stacked, just like they’re stacked. So, we’re going to go out there and play and the best man wins.”PAT IN BLACKPayton has said Mahomes and Lattimore were the two prospects left under consideration for New Orleans at No. 11 in the 2017 draft when the Chiefs traded up and made the decision easy.Mahomes recalled having a good workout for the Saints, “but I didn’t sense they were going to pick me with Drew still there. … They got a great player with Marshon, so I’m sure they’re still happy with that.”Not to mention the rest of that draft class.The Saints picked current starting right tackle Ryan Ramczyk later in the first round and current starting safety Marcus Williams in the second. They traded up to take 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara in the third round — the same round they also drafted defensive end Trey Hendrickson, who this season has blossomed into one of the NFL’s sack leaders.CATCHING KELCEChiefs tight end Travis Kelce has a chance to obliterate records during the last three regular-season games. He needs 128 yards receiving to break George Kittle’s record (1,377) for a tight end, and could become the first tight end in league history to lead the NFL in yards receiving. His 26th game of 100 yards or more would match Tony Gonzalez for the most in Chiefs history. He needs 10 catches to become the first tight end in NFL history with multiple 100-catch seasons.“If you look at history, look at the seasons tight ends have had, he’s had one of the best,” Mahomes said. “Then you watch the way he blocks for teammates, it’s truly been a special season.”LOCAL FLAVORChiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a Louisiana native who’s preparing to play in the Superdome for the second time in less than a year. Last January, he helped LSU beat Clemson for the national title — and the Saints’ brass was watching.“He was someone that we really liked,” Payton said. “I love how he’s built. You feel a sturdiness.”Edwards-Helaire leads the Chiefs with 724 yards and four TDs rushing to go with 293 yards and a score receiving.“He just does so many things well,” Payton said. “That was a great pick.”

Patrick Mahomes had his full repertoire of side-arm throws, basketball-style push passes and underhanded flips on display while passing for 254 yards and three touchdowns, and the Kansas City Chiefs extended their winning streak to nine games with a 32-29 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The Kansas City defense did its part to spoil Drew Brees’ return from rib fractures and a punctured lung that had kept the record-setting passer out four games.

While Brees passed for 234 yards and three TDs, he completed less than half of his passes and was intercepted for just the fourth time this season.

The victory kept the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs (13-1) in pole position to capture the AFC’s lone playoff bye as a No. 1 seed. The Saints (10-4), meanwhile, missed a chance to clinch the NFC South for a second straight week and now are longshots to capture the NFC’s top seed.

Mahomes’ scoring passes went for 5 yards each to Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman, the latter coming as the Chiefs’ agile QB back-peddled toward the left sideline to avoid pressure and released a throw to the back corner of the end zone, where Hardman was able to snag it in traffic while narrowly getting two feet inbounds.

Mahomes’ second TD toss looked more like a basketball assist, a chest-pass to tight end Travis Kelce cutting behind blockers for a 1-yard score.

Mahomes later used an underhanded forward flip to Kelce for a 2-point conversion after a 12-yard touchdown run by Le’Veon Bell to make it 29-15 in the fourth quarter.

Bell’s TD came one play after Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan was flagged for a personal foul and ejected for punching right guard Andrew Wylie following an incomplete pass.

The Saints pulled to 29-22 when Trey Hendrickson stripped Mahomes while making his second sack of the game, setting up Alvin Kamara’s 14-yard score on a short catch and run through a swarm of players along the right sideline.

Kansas City responded with a field goal with 4:18 left, but Brees pulled New Orleans within a field goal with his 17-yard scoring pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey with 2:06 to go.

With two timeouts remaining, the Saints kicked deep, but could not prevent Mahomes and Co. from running out the clock.

Just 3,000 tickets were sold for this marquee matchup between playoff contenders in the Superdome, but those in attendance got a first-hand look at Mahomes’ mesmerizing and unconventional theatrics.

On a third-and-8 conversion in the first half, Mahomes darted right to avoid defensive tackle David Onyemata, then suddenly stopped and stepped up as Jordan, in close pursuit, stumbled past. Mahomes then fired a pass to Sammy Watkins for a 23-yard gain. The play extended the drive that culminated with Kelce’s TD.

The Saints briefly took a 15-14 lead early in the third quarter when Brees found Latavius Murray uncovered late in a play that appeared to be breaking down and the running back scampered for a 24-yard touchdown.

The Chiefs went back on top for good on their next series.

Brees’ return got off to a rough start. His first three passes fell incomplete before his fourth was intercepted by L’Jarius Sneed at the New Orleans 36-yard line, setting up Hill’s TD that made it 7-0.

Brees needed more than a full quarter to complete a pass or lead the Saints to a first down. His first completion came on his seventh pass. A few plays later, he hit Emmanuel Sanders 51 yards down the right sideline to set up Taysom Hill’s 1-yard TD run.

The Saints cut it to 14-9 at the end of the half with a safety during a Chiefs punt return fumbled into the end zone by Demarcus Robinson. Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone tried to fall on it in the end zone, but it squirted away and over the end line.

INJURIES

Chiefs: Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire needed help to the locker room in the fourth quarter, not putting any pressure on his left leg. The Chiefs also announced linebacker Emmanuel Smith injured his hamstring.

Saints: Receiver Tre’Quan Smith and safety Marcus Williams each left with ankle injuries in the second half.

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Host Atlanta on Sunday in the first of two home games to finish the regular season.

Saints: Close out their home schedule against Minnesota on Christmas Day.


LIVE GAME BLOG

7 p.m. — The Chiefs wrap it up and now move to 13-1 with a 32-29 victory over the Saints.

6:45 p.m. — Drew Brees drives right down the field and punches the ball into the end zone on a touchdown pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey. It’s now 32-29 with 2:06 left in the game. Will the Saints go for the onside or kick it and play defense against Mahomes?

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6:39 p.m. — The Chiefs extend their lead to 10 points on a Harrison Butker 22-yard field goal, but Clyde Edwards-Helaire goes down on the drive with an injury to his left leg. He had to be helped off the field, and he couldn’t put any weight on his left leg.

Kansas City 32, New Orleans 22.

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6:27 p.m. — The Saints make the turnover count as Alvin Kamara scoots into the end zone after a shot pass from Drew Brees to cut the Kansas City lead to seven points.

Kansas City 29, New Orleans 22.

6:25 p.m. — The Saints crush Patrick Mahomes and recover a fumble at the Chiefs’ 25-yard line. The Kansas City defense is going to have to make some plays to keep this at a 14-point lead.

6:18 p.m.RING THE BELL! Le’Veon Bell takes an option pitch from Patrick Mahomes and dashes into the end zone for a Kansas City Chiefs touchdown. The Chiefs convert the two-point conversion and take a 29-15 lead with 13:44 left in the game.

6:07 p.m. — The Chiefs have turned to their ground game to gobble up yardage as we head to the fourth quarter. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has 63 yards on 10 carries, while Le’Veon Bell has 32 yards on some quick bursts. Overall, Mahomes is 21 of 39 for 206 yards and three touchdowns.

Kansas City 21, New Orleans 15.

5:45 p.m. — We see you Patrick Mahomes. We saw more Mahomes Magic on that drive, as he connects with Mecole Hardman for a 5-yard touchdown pass. The pass was thrown in such a tight window that only his receiver could catch it, and it was just as good of a catch by Hardman. The Chiefs now lead 21-15.

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5:31 p.m. — Game on. The Saints march right down the field and take a 15-14 lead thanks to some costly Chiefs penalties and a few big passes from Drew Brees. New Orleans takes the lead on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Latavius Murray, but the play came after Tyrann Mathieu couldn’t come up with an interception in the end zone.

5:12 p.m. — We’ve reached halftime. It’s 14-9 Kansas City. The Saints scored a safety after Demarcus Robinson was stripped of the football on a punt return and the ball squirted out of the back of the end zone. The Chiefs are very fortunate that New Orleans didn’t recover it for the touchdown.

Patrick Mahomes is 13 of 27 for 121 yards and two touchdowns, while Drew Brees is 5 of 16 for 87 yards. The Chiefs patchwork offensive line has been struggling to slow the Saints pass rush and have given up three sacks. Mahomes has been pressured 13 times, too.

The defense played well for most of the first half, giving up only 123 yards of total offense.

5:05 p.m. — The Saints defense is legit. Yes, the Chiefs are missing some key pieces on the OL, but they’re getting pressure on Patrick Mahomes that we’ve not seen much of this season.

4:32 p.m. — After holding the Saints to zero first downs, the Chiefs give up a 51-yard pass from Drew Brees and the Saints then punch it into the end zone on a Taysom Hill run from the 1-yard line. It’s now KC 14, New Orleans 7.

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4:15 p.m. — The Chiefs are dominating the Saints. Travis Kelce’s 600th career reception goes for a touchdown, as the Chiefs take a 14-0 lead over the Saints. Even more impressive is Kansas City’s defense, which has held Drew Brees to 0 of 6 and one interception so far.

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4:10 p.m. — We’ve reached the end of the first quarter and the Chiefs are driving again thanks to some magical throws from Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City has the ball at the 1-yard-line to start the second quarter. Mahomes is now 11 of 19 for 118 yards and a score. The Chiefs defense didn’t give up a first down in the quarter.

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3:55 p.m. — The Chiefs are on the board with a 5-yard touchdown reception from Tyreek Hill. Kansas City finishes off the drive after the interception to take a 7-0 lead over the Saints with 5:46 left in the first quarter.

3:42 p.m. — L’Jarius Sneed gets the first turnover with an interception of Drew Brees. The Chiefs defense has looked quite impressive on the first two Saints drives.

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3:35 p.m.Two punts to start the game off. Folks looking for an early shootout have been treated to solid defense to start things off.

3:25 p.m. — We’ve kicked off in the Super Dome. The Chiefs got the ball first, but they stalled after getting one first down on the drive.

2:30 p.m. — Matt McMullen and Shawn Barber are live with the breakdown of the Chiefs matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

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2:15 p.m. — As expected, the Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher has been declared active for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Fisher had been battling a banged up back, but he fully participated in Friday’s practice and should be good to go against New Orleans. Having Fisher in the lineup is key in Kansas City’s efforts to protect Patrick Mahomes, especially since Mitchell Schwartz is on injured reserve and Mike Remmers is inactive Sunday.

2:05 p.m.Here are the Chiefs’ inactives for today’s game against New Orleans:

CB BoPete Keyes

RB Darwin Thompson

LB Damien Wilson

OT Mike Remmers

TE Ricky Seals-Jones

DE Tim Ward

DT Khalen Saunders

1:50 p.m. — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is back. He’ll start the game for the Saints after being out with a rib injury.

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PREGAME
Saints coach Sean Payton seriously considered drafting Patrick Mahomes in 2017.

But the Saints were slated to pick 11th overall, and Kansas City traded up to snag Mahomes at pick No. 10.

Record-setting quarterback Drew Brees was 38 years old then but had no intention of retiring. And as it turned out, the Saints wound up with one of the greatest drafts in franchise history that year, anyway.

It began with the 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who’ll get his first chance to see how he fares against Mahomes and Co. on Sunday when the Saints (10-3) host the defending champion Chiefs (12-1) in a potential Super Bowl preview.

“Everything worked out for the best,” Lattimore said. “He’s over there doing his thing. I’m over here doing my thing. So, everybody won.

“And yeah, I’m excited to play him because he’s one of the great up-and-coming quarterbacks,” Lattimore continued. “So you know our game is going to be way up, and you know we’re going to be ready for him.”

With help from playmakers such as receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce, Mahomes leads the NFL in yards passing with 4,208 and has his team in pole position to defend its Super Bowl title.

“To be that young and to be as talented as he is is rare,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Mahomes. “For him to have excelled the way he has is a real tribute to the kid and the genes that his parents gave him, too, is part of it — and how hard he works.”

The Chiefs have the best record in the AFC. But ensuring that it stays that way another week requires a victory against a contending Saints squad looking to bounce back from a stunning loss in Philadelphia. The Saints can win the NFC South for a fourth straight season with a victory (or a Tampa Bay loss).

“It’s going to be a great battle,” Lattimore said. “I feel like we’re stacked, just like they’re stacked. So, we’re going to go out there and play and the best man wins.”

PAT IN BLACK

Payton has said Mahomes and Lattimore were the two prospects left under consideration for New Orleans at No. 11 in the 2017 draft when the Chiefs traded up and made the decision easy.

Mahomes recalled having a good workout for the Saints, “but I didn’t sense they were going to pick me with Drew still there. … They got a great player with Marshon, so I’m sure they’re still happy with that.”

Not to mention the rest of that draft class.

The Saints picked current starting right tackle Ryan Ramczyk later in the first round and current starting safety Marcus Williams in the second. They traded up to take 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara in the third round — the same round they also drafted defensive end Trey Hendrickson, who this season has blossomed into one of the NFL’s sack leaders.

CATCHING KELCE
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has a chance to obliterate records during the last three regular-season games. He needs 128 yards receiving to break George Kittle’s record (1,377) for a tight end, and could become the first tight end in league history to lead the NFL in yards receiving. His 26th game of 100 yards or more would match Tony Gonzalez for the most in Chiefs history. He needs 10 catches to become the first tight end in NFL history with multiple 100-catch seasons.

“If you look at history, look at the seasons tight ends have had, he’s had one of the best,” Mahomes said. “Then you watch the way he blocks for teammates, it’s truly been a special season.”

LOCAL FLAVOR
Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a Louisiana native who’s preparing to play in the Superdome for the second time in less than a year. Last January, he helped LSU beat Clemson for the national title — and the Saints’ brass was watching.

“He was someone that we really liked,” Payton said. “I love how he’s built. You feel a sturdiness.”

Edwards-Helaire leads the Chiefs with 724 yards and four TDs rushing to go with 293 yards and a score receiving.

“He just does so many things well,” Payton said. “That was a great pick.”





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