Tampa Bay fought until the bitter end on Sunday, eventually closing Kansas City’s big lead to just three points with four minutes remaining, but ultimately their comeback attempt fell short as they dropped their second straight contest with a 27-24 loss to the Chiefs.
Kansas City stormed out to a 17-0 lead early as wide receiver Tyreek Hill hauled in two touchdowns and eclipsed 200 receiving yards before the end of the first quarter. Tampa Bay’s defense was able to keep the game within reach heading into the locker room for haltime, forcing Kansas City to settle for two field goals in the red zone, creating a turnover on a strip sack and cashing in on a long touchdown reception from Ronald Jones II to leave the game at 20-7 after two quarters. The Bucs would get a field goal from kicker Ryan Succop and the Chiefs would respond with Hill’s third touchdown of the day to take a 27-10 lead heading into the fourth. In the final quarter Tampa Bay’s defense would stand tall and Brady would find Mike Evans for a pair of touchdowns but ultimately the Bucs couldn’t stop Mahomes one final time – finishing the game with 462 yards and three touchdown passes – as Kansas City ran the clock out on the Week 12 match-up.
Sunday’s loss puts Tampa Bay at 7-5 on the season as they head into their bye week, and the Bucs remain ahead of the 6-5 Arizona Cardinals for the sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture.