Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes rip Texas opener in NFL 2020 season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The only thing that looked familiar about the NFL’s long-awaited comeback on Thursday night was Patrick Mahomes’ vision of easily leading Kansas City chiefs and the field.

The Super Bowl MVP rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns, Clyde Edwards-Hellaire rushing through the rain for 138 yards and another score, and the majors beat the Houston Texans 34-20 Thursday night in their first in 50 years Started defending the championship. Before the socially deformed crowd of about 17,000 due to the coronovirus epidemic.

The chiefs lined the goal line about 30 minutes before kickoff and Alicia Keys performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, often considered the Black National Anthem in a video designed to address racial inequality.

The Texans had already left the field when the demonstration took place. They remained until R & B du Chloe x Halle finished a virtual performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, then ran into a chorus of bos from fans.

Some fans were still getting bored when the team met in midfield and shook hands. The teams then stood together in a row, stretching from one end to the other for a moment of silence before the toss of the coin.

Patrick Mahomes celebrates with Sammy Watkins after a touchdown in the majors' 34–20 win over Texas.
Patrick Mahomes celebrates with Sammy Watkins after a touchdown in the majors’ 34–20 win over Texas.Getty Images

Travis Kelsey, Sammy Watkins and Tyrick Hill each caught TD passes for the majors. They have won 10 straight dating last season. The run includes a 51–31 win over Texas in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Texas’ Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, but he was also under constant pressure and was intercepted once. David Johnson provided the biggest bright spot for Houston, running for 77 yards and a score.

The world has changed dramatically in the seven months since the chiefs hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in Miami.

Within six weeks, the term COVID-19 had become a part of everyday life, with the disease killing over 900,000 people worldwide. The death of George Floyd on the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer in May touched the Black Lives Matter movement, adding to the heat of social unrest in the country.

In that background came an NFL opener unlike any other: masks worn by everyone from fans to coaching staffs; A series of videos to raise awareness of social justice initiatives and encourage the public to vote; And eventually both teams locked arms in a demonstration of unity before the coin toss.

To the relief of many, the kickoff finally brought back to normal for 4 hours.

The Texans, who gained a 24-point lead against Kansas City in the playoffs, delivered the first blow when they ran for 80 yards for a touchdown. Mayavi Johnson finished it by reaching the final area from 19 yards out for a 7-yard lead.

But like that cold January day, the red-hot Chiefs overcame their slow start.

He tied it later in the moments when Mahomes threw a short touchdown pass to Kelce, then took the lead when he forced a quick punt and Mahomes found Watkins in the end zone. Harrison Bucher hit a chip-shot field goal in the first half, sending the Chiefs to the locker room with a 17–7 lead.

Edwards-Helier, their first-round pick, took the lead in the third quarter. After running for 11 yards early in the drive, the pint-shaped Dynamo out of LSU takes a wicked stutter before running 27 yards for the second score.

The Chiefs halted the game when rookie L’Darius Sneed picked up Watson’s jump ball in the closing seconds of the third quarter. Mahomes was knocked out of the fourth-down interception by a pass interference in the end zone, then caught a dart to Hill Dart throughout the area for a 31-7 lead in the fourth quarter.

Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a TD later in the quarter to make the final score a little more respectable.

In a relatively silent ceremony, the chiefs unveiled their Super Bowl banner and presented the Lombardi Trophy to their fans – as well as being fielded with a 20-foot replica – about 15 minutes before the game began.