It was hardly meaningless to the veteran wide receiver. He carried it six times and finished a 12-play, 61-yard drive with a TD plunge to get Arizona within 20-14 midway through the third quarter.
"It happens to be Terrell Owens and I'm pretty close with T.O. His friendship and my relationship with him is invaluable to me", Fitzgerald said afterward. "I've seen it", Reid said, "but I think the National Football League is on top of it". His 249 passing yards from Mahomes give him 3,434 yards through his first 11 games, eclipsing the previous best of 3,205 yards by Andrew Luck with Indianapolis in 2012.
"I thought he did some good things", Wilks said.
"That's great for us because we can go after the quarterback", Ford said.
One more time, the Cardinals stink, particularly with protection.
The 28 touches are a season-high and Johnson responded with easily his best performance of the year. The 35-year-old Fitzgerald has had at least 100 receptions each of the past three seasons, and five times in his career, while piling up nine seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen threw for 252 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the outing.
Both defenses fared better the rest of the half, the Cardinals sacking Mahomes four times and the Chiefs' rejuvenated defense getting enough pressure to keep Rosen uncomfortable. The defense came up with five sacks and two picks.
Kansas City (8-1) is undefeated at home and looked virtually unbeatable in every game they've played save for their lone loss at New England.
"I don't think so - I don't think he will", Reid said. Would have loved to have more points, but it's another step in the right direction. "It means that we're evolving on the offensive side of the ball".
We saw that today, finally. "But there's things we need to clean up".
The Cardinals (2-6) have struggled much of the season, particularly on offense.
The Chiefs' pass rush affected a lot more plays than just the ones that ended in a sack. But Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has seen enough to know that stopping him may be impossible, and slowing him down is almost as hard. "It amazes me how they can digest all this and in a split-second know - there's 200 plays on that sheet, and you have to figure it out like that, and these guys do it". He did not come back from this and he was called to heaven today! "It's nice to be able to do that and to be able to do that with the same team, to have so many wonderful teammates that continue to fight regardless of our record".