KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) - One of the NFL's most dynamic atmospheres welcomed what could currently be the league's most dynamic player. And he did not disappoint.
Patrick Mahomes threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns in his regular-season Arrowhead debut, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 38-27 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs are now 3-0 and Mahomes has the most touchdowns (13) through the first three games of a season in NFL history.
Following two Kareem Hunt touchdowns, Mahomes spent the rest of the first half electrifying an already amped crowd. It featured all of his touchdowns, including a wild scramble that led to the first-year starter somehow finding Chris Conley in the back of the end zone to make it 21-7 in the second quarter.
Kansas City led 35-10 at halftime, but San Francisco stormed back in the second half. The 49ers scored 14 unanswered points to make it a 35-24 game heading into the fourth quarter.
Harrison Butker would add a field goal to make it a two-touchdown lead for the Chiefs, but the final frame still felt a little tight. With under six minutes to play and the 49ers driving, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo scrambled toward the sideline before trying to lower a shoulder on Chiefs corner Steve Nelson. Nelson laid a hard hit, knocking out the San Francisco signal-caller for the game.
C.J. Beathard stepped in to throw what looked like a touchdown on fourth down to make it a one-score game. But the 49ers were called for offensive pass interference, ultimately giving the ball back to the Chiefs to run the rest of the clock.
Kansas City will try to move to 4-0 on Oct. 1 when it travels to Denver for a Monday Night Football date with the Broncos.