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LOOKING BACK: Chiefs Hand Jaguars First Road Loss of Season

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KANSAS CITY- Jacksonville (3-2) lost to the Kansas City Chiefs (5-0), 30-14, at Arrowhead Stadium.  It marked Jacksonville’s first loss on the road.

The Chiefs raced out to a 23-point lead in the first half and never looked back as the defense forced five turnovers, holding Jacksonville (3-2) off the scoreboard until late in the third quarter.

When two good football teams play each other, you can’t let the emotions get to you,” Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid said after the game. “This is a team that is going to come in and be physical and try to push you around in your own place. You can’t do that either. You have to put your foot down and do it the right way. We have to learn from that. You surely

Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 22-of-38 passes for 313 yards, two interceptions and a rushing touchdown in the contest, scrambling for a 4-yard score on Kansas City’s first offensive possession.

A week after throwing for a then-career-high 388 yards, Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles threw for 430 yards, the second-most passing yards in franchise history

Bortles’ 61 passing attempts were a career-high, while his 33 completions tied for the most in his career. He threw for 304 yards in the second half, joining QB Mark Brunell as the only players in franchise history to throw for at least 300 yards in a half. He also ran for a score.

T.J. Yeldon led the team with 53 rushing yards on 10 carries and scored on a 14-yard receiving TD, marking his third receiving TD of the season. Yeldon’s three receiving TDs lead the Jaguars, while his 258 rushing yards this season are also a team high. Yeldon is the first Jaguars running back to score three receiving TDs in a season since RB Maurice Jones Drew in 2011.

Tight end Niles Paul caught seven passes for 65 yards, the second-most receptions in a single game in his career. It was the most receptions by a tight end for the Jaguars since 2015 when TE Julius Thomas recorded nine receptions.  DJ Chark Jr., Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook all had catches of at least 30 yards.

A.J. Bouye produced his first interception of 2018 and joined Jaguars S Tashaun Gipson Sr. as the only players to intercept Mahomes in 2018. Bouye, a Pro Bowler and second-team Associated Press All-Pro selection in 2017, led the Jaguars with six interceptions and finished tied for third in the NFL last season.

Third-year DE Yannick Ngakoue got a 15-yard sacks, marking his second sack in as many games. Ngakoue has now totaled 22.0 career sacks, the most through 37 games in Jaguars history. Telvin Smith Sr. made a game-high 13 tackles, marking his 12th game with double-digit tackles. Smith has now registered seven-plus tackles in eight of his last nine games and led the Jaguars in tackles in three of the team’s five games this season. His 486 career tackles rank ninth in Jaguars history.

Tashaun Gipson Sr. turned in his first pick this year and became the first player to intercept Mahomes this  season.

Kicker Harrison Butker proceeded to add a pair of field goals for Kansas City before defensive end Chris Jones picked off Bortles in the closing minutes of the first half and brought it all the way back for a touchdown.

The Jaguars travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys for their second consecutive road game in Week 6 next Sunday. Since Doug Marrone took over head coaching duties in 2016, Jacksonville is 8-1 in games following a loss, including the postseason.

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