Monday night, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs stumbled through their third consecutive game without scoring a solitary point in the second half as K.C. watched a 17-7 halftime lead turn into a 21-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The second-half shutout kept the Chiefs' second-half scoring at 53 total points for the season, a measly 5.3 per contest. As in the Week 8 loss to Denver and the Week 9 win over Miami in Germany, the second-half freeze was a combination of disjointed play, a brutal turnover and missed opportunities by a lackluster receiving corps.
Kansas City's six second-half possessions went punt (four plays), punt (three plays), red-zone fumble, punt (six plays), punt (three plays) and turnover on downs. That's how you turn a 10-point halftime lead into a loss.
"Simple as we just have to get better at the second half," Mahomes said, via the official transcript. "I mean all season long we haven't played great football in the second half so we have to continue to work. Obviously (we) had a pretty good first half running the football but (we've) got to find a way to finish games offensively."
Penalties and missed opportunities -- with drops that plagued K.C. in their Week 1 loss to Detroit rearing their heads again -- cost the Chiefs a chance to close out a win over the NFC's top team.
"We're kind of shooting ourselves in the foot," head coach Andy Reid said after the game. "I've got to do a better job helping out with that and then my guys have got to do the same thing. So, we've all got to pick it up a notch there in the second half. (We're) just not as sharp there. We'll work on that."
On their lone sustained drive, leading 17-14 early in the fourth quarter, K.C. drove into the red zone for a chance toRead on nfl.com