Travis Kelce helps lift Chiefs over Eagles in home opener

Tight end goes airborne in KC’s 27-20 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce has certainly had his moments in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform. It seems for every big game or big play the fiery and outspoken player has, he also has a miscue that can be just as costly.

 

Sunday’s home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles contained both elements for the Chiefs’ Pro Bowl tight end. But Kelce got the last laugh as his high-flying 15-yard touchdown catch and run gave the Chiefs the lead for good in their 27-20 win at Arrowhead Stadium.

With the score tied at 13 late in the fourth quarter, Kelce lined up on the right side and took a short shovel pass from Alex Smith. With the defense keying on Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill, Kelce burst through the middle and went airborne from about the 5-yard line and into the end zone for the score with 6:25 left.

“I failed to hurdle a guy about two plays before that, so I dusted myself off and try it again, try it again,” Kelce said with a smile as he began to sing.

Kelce finished with eight catches for 103 yards and the touchdown as the Chiefs improved to 2-0 thanks also in large part to Kareem Hunt, who marveled at Kelce’s effort to get into the end zone.

“That was amazing,” Hunt said. “That’s awesome, a guy to lay his body out on the line to put points on the board.”

Hunt, the rookie running back, had 13 carries for 81 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground. His first came on a 53-yard run late in the third quarter that put the Chiefs up 13-10. After the play, however, Kelce was called for taunting, which made for a long kickoff for Cairo Santos.

When asked about the penalty, Kelce had this to say.

“Kareem Hunt, he went to the house,” Kelce said, refusing to answer the question. “He can play some football. The O-line blocked it perfectly.”

While Kelce was mum on the penalty, Chiefs coach Andy Reid wasn’t.

“He can’t do that,” Reid said. “You have to be smarter than that.”

Hunt’s second TD came from two yards out with 2:14 to go and gave the Chiefs a 27-13 lead before the Chiefs held on despite a late Eagles’ touchdown and recovery of an onside kick.

“It was a close game to the fourth then we just took off,” Kelce said. “It was exciting to see the offense come together. It’s fun. When we’re rolling up front, we’re a heckuva team.”

Defensively, the Chiefs were led by lineman Chris Jones, who recorded three sacks, a tackle for loss and an interception.

Linebacker Justin Houston recorded a team-high three tackles for loss while safeties Daniel Sorensen and Eric Murray each tallied six tackles.

Jones left the game briefly with an injury in the second half.

“I had a little stinger, but how can you not get back in the game with all that intensity?” Jones said. “We got the best fans in the world. Hands down, the best fans in the world. I had to get back out there.”

The win also gave Kelce some personal bragging rights as his brother Jason Kelce is the Eagles’ starting center. After the game, the two brothers exchanged jerseys, with the older Jason having a message for his younger brother.

“He said, ‘I’m going to hate this jersey for the rest of my life,’ ” Kelce said. “That’s what he told me. I said, ‘That’s all right. I’ll love this one just because it’s you.’ ”

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