Chiefs vs. Cardinals Score: Final score, results for Friday’s Week 2 preseason game

Final score, highlights, and results from the Kansas City Chiefs' matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 of the NFL preseason.

With a game in their pockets, the Chiefs and Cardinals faced off in Week 2 of the NFL preseason Friday night. Eyes were on quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray with several new faces you’ll want to watch.

Chiefs vs. Cardinals score and results

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Chiefs 3 7 7 0 17
Cardinals 0 0 3 7 10


The Chiefs vs. Cardinals game started slow, especially for Arizona’s first-string offense. After sitting out Week 1 of the preseason, Kyler Murray got the start and couldn’t find a spark in Arizona’s offense.

On the other side, Patrick Mahomes led two solid drives for the Chiefs starting offense with five new offensive linemen up front. Mahomes tried on multiple occasions to find a connection with wide receiver Mecole Hardman, but the two struggled to hook up, finishing with 2 catches on 7 targets.

However, Hardman found a connection with veteran quarterback Chad Henne, scoring the game’s first touchdown of the night.

It wasn’t until the second half that offenses began clicking, led by Shane Buechele for Kansas City and Colt McCoy for Arizona. Buechele ended his time on the field 9-for-11, 115 yards, 1 touchdown, and an interception when his receiver slipped on his route. On the ground, Derrick Gore and Darwin Thompson led the way for Kansas City with 8 carries each.

For Arizona, their best drive on the night came via Chris Streveler in the fourth quarter, hitting tight end Ross Travis on two consecutive passes of 17 and 20 yards, respectively. The latter put six points on the board for the Cardinals’ lone touchdown on the night. Nine different players caught a pass on the night, led by Greg Dortch. Yet, no running back carried the ball more than three times.

Chiefs and Cardinals highlights and updates

10:59 PM ET: Gore had an opportunity to get into the end zone but opted to run out of bounds, getting a first down in the process. With the Cardinals having no timeouts left, Gordon took a knee three times to run out the clock. Chiefs win 17-10.

10:52 PM ET: Kansas City has the ball just inside the red zone after the two-minute warning. Gordon has moved the ball down the field and controlled the offense well with the help of Gore on the ground. Arizona is using their timeouts in hopes of getting a two-minute drive situation.

10:45 PM ET: Chiefs running back Derrick Gore has a couple of nice runs to get the Chiefs offense past midfield. Kansas City is content with keeping the ball on the ground with under three minutes left in the game.

10:40 PM ET: Anthony Gordon is now in at quarterback for the Chiefs. Gordon is the fourth quarterback to play under center for Kansas City tonight.

10:37 PM ET: Streveler hits tight end Ross Travis on a 17-yard pass over the middle. On the next play, he caps off a great drive with a 20-yard over-the-shoulder pass to Travis for the touchdown. Prater caps the drive off with the PAT, and Arizona closes the gap to 10-17.

10:32 PM ET: Streveler moves the Cardinals offense past midfield, hitting running back Greg Dortch on a couple of nice passes over the middle. Benjamin continues running hard as well as Arizona moves into a no-huddle offense.

10:26 PM ET: Gehrig Dieter slips on his route in the red zone and Buechele throws an interception to Arizona safety Charles Washington in the end zone. Cardinals take over at their own 20 early in the 4th quarter with Chris Streveler under center.

10:21 PM ET: Buechele’s connection with Fountain continues on their second drive together tonight, hitting him deep on the left sideline for 41 yards. Chiefs find themselves in Cardinals territory as the third quarter comes to a close.

10:15 PM ET: Chiefs’ defense looks sluggish coming out of the half as McCoy, with the help of Eno Benjamin and Jonathan Ward, drives down the field to Kansas City’s four-yard line. Drive stalls, and Matt Prater converts on a 22-yard field goal to put Arizona on the board for the first time tonight.

10:09 PM ET: Under center for Arizona’s first drive of the second half is McCoy. He’s continued the momentum he found late in the second quarter, getting Arizona past midfield for the second time tonight.

10:02 PM ET: Buechele orchestrates a nice 12-play drive and caps it off with a touchdown pass to running back Jerick McKinnon. The drive was the most complete by either team on the night, and it happens on the opening drive of the third quarter. Chiefs up 17-0.

9:57 PM ET: Buechele comes out firing, finding Daurice Fountain a couple of times as the Chiefs offense approaches midfield.

9:53 PM ET: The Cardinals kickoff to begin the second half. Henne is done for tonight — rookie Shane Buechele is now in under center.

9:39 PM ET: On 3rd-and-7 with just over a minute left, McCoy hits KeeSean Johnson over the middle to get the Cardinals to midfield for the first time all night. The Cardinals offense continued to get inside the 25 before McCoy throws an interception to Juan Thornhill in the end zone, ending the drive. Kansas City opts to kneel down and take it to the half.

9:26 PM ET: Henne hits Byron Pringle on a 40-yard pass down the middle of the field with 1:25 left to go and puts Kansas City Chiefs in the red zone. On the following play, Henne tosses one up to Hardman, and he catches the touchdown in the back of the end zone, beating rookie cornerback Jace Whittaker. PAT by Butker is good. Chiefs up 10-0 with 1:21 left in the half.

9:17 PM ET: After Arizona converts for their first first-down of the game, Kansas City forces a punt. Something to note — Chiefs running back Darrel Williams left the game earlier to be evaluated for a concussion. You can follow all the latest NFL player news here. We’re at the two-minute warning.

9:10 PM ET: Andy Reid follows suit in sitting his starting quarterback for the night, putting Chad Henne under center. Much like McCoy, Henne can’t get the offense rolling, and the Chiefs punt the ball with 5:19 left in the half. Rondale Moore calls a fair catch.

9:06 PM ET: Kyler Murray is now on the sidelines, and Colt McCoy is in at quarterback. The Chiefs’ defense continues playing well and forces the Cardinals’ offense to go three-and-out.

9:01 PM ET: With the help of some nice runs from running back Darwin Thompson, Kansas City finds themselves goal-to-go. On 3rd down, Mahomes tries finding Demarcus Robinson in the end zone and throws an interception to Arizona cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. Cardinals ball at the 20.

8:54 PM ET: Chiefs’ offense now past midfield with under 14 minutes left in the half. Mahomes is still generating chemistry with receiving unit that’s missing Tyreek Hill tonight.

8:45 PM ET: Kansas City gets their 2nd sack on the night thanks to a Chris Jones pass rush. Next, a Murray throw falls dead on a 3rd-and-23 attempt, and Arizona still has yet to get a first down. Chiefs take over at their own 24-yard line with just :43 seconds left in the quarter.

8:40 PM ET: The Chiefs go three-and-out and punt to the Cardinals’ 46-yard line. Kansas City’s offense has struggled to get the ball moving on the ground against Arizona’s front 7 thus far.

8:35 PM ET: The Cardinals go three-and-out once again and punt the ball away to the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes comes out onto the field for his 2nd drive of the night as Kansas City takes over at their own 15.

8:27 PM ET: Reid chooses to go for it on 4th down again, and Mahomes kept it on a keeper to the Arizona 8-yard line. After 3 attempts for the end zone, Harrison Butker converts on a 24-yard field goal. Mecole Hardman was targeted 5 times on the Chiefs’ opening drive.

8:21 PM ET: The Chiefs are driving down the field. Following an Andy Reid timeout, he keeps his offense on the field and goes for it on 4th down in Cardinals territory. He puts it in Mahomes’ hand, and the offense converts with a short pass over the middle to Demarcus Robinson.

8:14 PM ET: Arizona goes three-and-out on their first drive and punts to Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes is under center for the Chiefs offense tonight.

8:11 PM ET: We got kickoff on ESPN! The Chiefs kick off to the Cardinals, and Kyler Murray is under center for the first time this preseason. Murray and the Cardinals’ offense start off after a holding call on the return.

Tyler Olson is a Senior Data and Content Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read Tyler’s other work here and follow him on Twitter @TOlsonPFN.

Tyler Olson is a Senior Data and Content Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read Tyler’s other work here and follow him on Twitter @TOlsonPFN.


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