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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Kansas City Chiefs 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) scores a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill got off to a burning-hot start that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — despite a late-game surge — simply couldn’t overcome. Mahomes completed 37-of-49 passes for 462 yards and three touchdowns in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 27-24 road win over Tom Brady and the Bucs, and Hill accounted for 269 of his passing yards and all three scores.

Editor's note: All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this game will be finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle.

STORY OF THE GAME

While the Bucs’ defense bottled Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the Chiefs’ run game, they had no answers for Mahomes and Hill. It’s likely that once PFF’s grading review process is complete, Mahomes’ Week 12 performance will be his highest-graded single game of the season. And the same could be said for Hill.

Brady shouldn’t shoulder the blame for the Bucs’ loss. He recorded multiple big-time throws down the football field to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and finished the game having completed 27-of-41 passes for 345 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. One of his interceptions was the result of a batted pass at the line of scrimmage, and the other was a deep pass intended for Scotty Miller that he threw under pressure into the hands of Bashaud Breeland.

ROOKIE WATCH

Edwards-Helaire was a non-factor against Tampa. He recorded just 39 yards from 12 touches (one reception) in the contest. His longest carry of the day went for 10 yards.

Buccaneers rookie offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs didn’t allow a single pressure on PFF’s first review of the game. He should finish the process with yet another 80.0-plus single-game PFF pass-blocking grade.

Defensively, Chiefs rookie cornerback L’Jarius Sneed allowed just two receptions for 10 yards on first review. Buccaneers rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. allowed only one reception for 15 yards across his 57 coverage snaps.

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