CHICAGO — In a game broadcast to a national television audience, the Kansas City Chiefs made sure the country knew the Chicago Bears aren't in their class at the moment.
The Chiefs essentially had their way in all three phases of the game and beat down the Bears 26-3, improving to 11-4 ahead of the postseason.
"I'm just excited that we're kind of moving — offense, defense, special teams — in the right direction," Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said.
Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker, who made two field goals Sunday, agreed.
"The team has a lot of momentum right now," Butker said. "We're feeling good and we've just been on a roll. The chemistry has been amazing and this is the perfect time to be kind of move upward and hitting on all strides."
Sunday night's win gave the Chiefs a 7-1 road record, marking the franchise's best road mark since they went 7-0 in the 1966. Kansas City's lone loss on the road this year came against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10.
The matchup between the Chiefs and Bears was billed as a Mahomes-Mitchell Trubisky showdown. Mahomes' performance, though, reaffirmed which team got the better quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Mahomes entered Sunday with 8,987 career passing yards, needing just 13 to surpass 9,000. He moved beyond the mark in an efficient manner by completing 23 of 33 passes for 251 yards passing and two touchdowns. He ran for a third.
Mahomes is the first quarterback in NFL history to achieve 9,000 yards in his first 30 games.
In comparison, Trubisky played in his 40th career game Sunday night. He has 8,347 yards in that span. Chicago's quarterback completed 18 of 34 passes for 157 yards against the Chiefs.
Nevertheless, Mahomes said Sunday night was not about him squaring off against Trubisky.
"I don't know if it's necessarily a rivalry," Mahomes said. "Any quarterback you play with in this league, you want to go out there and win, of course. It's not a rivalry, I guess you would say, but it is competitive and you want to go out there and be the best any time you step on the field."
Kansas City set the tone early on its opening possession with a methodical 15-play, 82-yard drive, which Mahomes ended with a a12-yard touchdown scramble. Mahomes completed passes to wide receiver Tyreek Hill to convert first downs on third-and-10 and third-and-16 on the drive.
On his touchdown run, Mahomes caught the Bears' defense cheating to the right, which left the left side of the field wide open. The Chiefs' signal-caller made Chicago pay.
"I just saw the whole left side open up with their two-man scheme that they had going on," Mahomes explained. "Once I saw that, I saw that I could make a run for it. I was expecting to just try to get a first down, but it really opened up and I was able to get in the end zone."
Hill finished the game with five catches for 72 yards, giving him more than 4,000 yards in his 58-game career. The Pro Bowl receiver became the fastest Chiefs player to reach 4,000 career receiving yards, a mark previously held by Otis Taylor (59 games).
The Chiefs essentially sealed the game by halftime with a 56-yard field goal from Harrison Butker and Mahomes' 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce. At that point, the score was 17-0.
Kelce's touchdown catch capped a soul-crushing 13-play, 95-yard drive that saw the Chiefs deal with a second-and-28. Kansas City lined up to punt, and the Bears helped extend the possession when linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis ran into Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt.
Mahomes connected with Kelce three plays later. The Chiefs' Pro Bowl tight end finished the game with eight catches for 74 yards.
Mahomes' second touchdown pass went to running back Damien Williams, who returned to action for the first time since Week 11. Williams split touches with Spencer Ware, who left the game in the second half with a shoulder injury. Williams finished with 92 total yards, 65 coming on the ground.
"Patrick, obviously, had a nice day throwing it," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He had a couple TDs in there. I think the thing I'm most proud of is the job we did in the red zone. We came off a game that we were just OK and yet we were able to put it down there."
The Chiefs' defense, meanwhile, produced another dominating performance, limited the Bears to 234 total yards.
Kansas City has now held opponents under 18 points in five straight games. The Bears also became the third team in the past four to fail to top 10 points against the Chiefs, but the defense isn't satisfied with the postseason looming.
"Like I've said in previous weeks, we want to be able to not rely on our offense to finish a game," defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi said. "We want to be the type of defense that can finish a game"
Linebacker Reggie Ragland agreed.
"We can't get complacent," Ragland said. "We got a goal and we got to stick to that. We can't worry about any of the other stuff going on."
The Chiefs close out their 2019 regular season next weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.