The Kansas City Chiefs survived a scare off Broadway.
Patrick Mahomes engineered an 80-yard field goal drive in the fourth quarter to break a tie, and the Chiefs offense later milked the clock on an extended possession to ice it in a 23-20 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday Night Football at MetLife Stadium.
The game had plenty of celebrity fanfare. Taylor Swift attended in a luxury suite for the second straight week, while other stars spotted at the game included Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Paul Rudd.
Mahomes officially ended things on his own while capping a 7-minute, 24-second fourth-quarter drive to end things, gaining 9 yards on a third-and-8 scramble before sliding down 2 yards ahead of the end zone. That allowed the Chiefs to kneel twice to waste the rest of the time.
Earlier, the Chiefs seemed like they were on their way to a second straight blowout win in the first quarter.
Mahomes went 5 for 7 for 104 yards in that stanza. Isiah Pacheco gashed the Jets for 59 yards rushing, and KC built a 17-0 lead while scoring on each of their first three possessions.
Then, the momentum changed — strangely enough — because of an offensive play.
Right tackle Jawaan Taylor was flagged for a facemask penalty in the end zone, giving the Jets their first points while making it 17-2.
Not only did that bring the home crowd to life, but it also seemed to spark a struggling Jets offense.
And that included the much-criticized Zach Wilson.
New York’s next four drives — not including an end-of-half, 18-second possession — went 62, 41, 41 and 75 yards. Wilson, meanwhile, found his best rhythm of the season with quick tosses and back-shoulder precision, tying the game at 20-20 in the third quarter with a 10-yard touchdown laser to Allen Lazard followed by a scramble and dive for the end zone to secure the two-point conversion.
Perhaps the most shocking part was Mahomes losing some of his accuracy mid-game.
Mahomes underthrew a pair of touch passes in the second quarter by multiple yards, as both turned into interceptions as the Jets started their comeback.
Mahomes recovered after that, though, engineering the two long fourth-quarter drives to end things.
Sunday also was historic for Mahomes. His first-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Noah Gray was the 200th TD pass of his career, as he became the fastest QB ever (84 games) to accomplish the feat.
Before Sunday, only two players in history had gotten 200 passing touchdowns in fewer than 100 games: Dan Marino (89) and Aaron Rodgers (99).
The Chiefs (3-1) will play at the Minnesota Vikings at 3:25 p.m. Central on Sunday, Oct. 8.