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C-Mac
11-28-2005, 09:55 AM
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Chiefs Delivered the Goods

Alissa Bauer - Scout.com
November 28, 2005 at 12:52am ET
Hosting the defending Super Bowl champs should be a bigger deal than this. As the New England Patriots strutted into Arrowhead, they probably should have had the edge. The Chiefs at 6-4, battling injuries, have no business winning this game. But they did 26-16 as Kansas City avenges their 2004 home defeat to the AFC East division leaders.

Let's not forget the high and mighty Patriots share the same record as our boys in red. The same team that's put away three Super Bowl Championships in the past four years are celebrating just their first set of back-to-back victories as they turned to face the Chiefs. Never mind that pair was against the Miami Dolphins (3-7) and the New Orleans Saints (2-8).

Bottom line: different team + different game= different results


The Chiefs three game losing streak most recently marked with a Monday Night Football loss in Kansas City last season, ended on Sunday afternoon as the good guys won 26-16. Quarterback Trent Green alluded that it was that loss a year ago that his team was avenging, and not so much the fact that they were facing the defending world champions.

Whatever the motivation, Kansas City took the lead in the fifth minute of the game and never looked back. Leading the charge was Green, throwing for 323 yards, a touchdown and a sky-high 127.6 passer rating.

"Trent, I thought, was super. We gave him very good pass protection throughout the whole year," Head coach Dick Vermeil said. "He had his best game of the year and he's coming on at the right time."

Pro-Bowler Tom Brady and his crew failed to pick up a single yard in its first campaign down the field.

In fact, Brady had close to the worst game of his life. The three-time Super Bowl champ threw four interceptions and that meant the second lowest passer rating of his stellar NFL career at 42.5.

So, Green and his boys went to work, going a perfect 6-6 in the first quarter including a 42-yard bomb to wide receiver Eddie Kennison for his longest reception of the season. That play was the catalyst to Kansas City's 7-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Larry Johnson continued his role as Priest's 'back-up' (after this game we might be able to finally bury that label on LJ). The successor scored a one-yard touchdown run in the Chiefs first series that capped a picture perfect 66-yard drive. That score was Johnson's ninth of the season. For the contest, LJ would tally 119 yards for his fourth consecutive 100-yard game tying a team record with you know who.

"Right at the end we were going to take him out and he didn't want to," Vermeil said of Johnson after taking a fourth quarter hit to the waist. "He still thinks Priest is sitting on the bench."

Brady finally got another turn and worked his way down to Kansas City territory before his pass intended for wide receiver Deion Branch was intercepted by free safety Greg Wesley . Branch did, however, get a hand on it, making Wesley's fourth pick of the year a diving effort. Brady couldn't seem to get it together in the first half completing seven of 18 passes.

"I thought our defense played really well and caused a lot of problems for him," Green said of his New England counterpart. "I can't say enough good things about Tom. I have a great deal of respect for him, but today just wasn't his day."

The interception allowed the Chiefs to hang on to the ball for six more minutes and finished with a 25-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal. Not even two minutes into the second quarter, Kansas City was enjoying a 10-0 lead.

"We knew coming in what type of team New England had," Green said. "They are such a good second half team. We knew we'd have to come out early and build momentum."

New England had the ball for a whole 61 seconds before Wesley swooped in for his second pick of the game. Only this time, Brady made the interception slightly easier, no diving catches, and Wesley returned the ball for 23 yards.

"The guy's one of the best in the league," Wesley said of Brady. "It's really hard to get keys off of him, really. The last one I just got a good jump on it. The other two I was just in position at the right time."

Putting a slight damper on the situation, Kansas City only put up three points in two of its early trips in the red zone.

So, Brady hit the field again with a big chunk of first half time left to use. He used it, 3:46 and 10 plays of it to be exact. He also used two timeouts due to the severe crowd noise coming from every seat in the house. But their first trip to their own red zone didn't leave them empty-handed. Adam Vinatieri took care of that. He ended the drive with a 29-yarder with just under seven minutes left in the opening half.

Green moved his team quickly and methodically down the field. In nine plays and five minutes, he had his offense in the red zone for the fourth consecutive time. But for the third time in a row, Tynes's services were called upon and the Chiefs could only manage another successful field goal. At this point, it's not that Kansas City wasn't doing good things, but it did waste some golden red zone opportunities.

"We got done what we had to do," Vermeil said. "We haven't been as good [in the red zone] as we have been in the past. But you don't put those guys away-they come back."

Hard to complain, though, when the Chief defense just hands those opportunities out.

Defensive end Jared Allen sacked Brady for a loss of eight in New England's last first half chance, setting up the fourth Tynes field goal of the half.

Basically, the Patriots and their less-than-stellar first half quarterback escaped what should have been a 27-3 halftime deficit.

Aside from holding the ball for Tynes, punter Dustin Colquitt made his first appearance almost three minutes into the third quarter. The punt snapped Kansas City's five possession-scoring streak.

However, New England wasted no time giving the ball right back to the Chiefs offense. Green returned the favor, using less than a minute to cover 68 yards and getting his offense back in the end zone. Wide receiver Dante Hall brought in the 52-yard pass for his second touchdown reception of 2005, significantly burning cornerback Ellis Hobbs in the process.

"I think anytime our offense is well balanced it doesn't matter who we're playing," Hall said. "It just feels good that our defense is balling the way they are."

As expected, the Patriots kept kicking. Brady and running back Patrick Pass did most of the dirty work the rest of the game. It was Pass who finished up the Patriots longest drive of the afternoon when he scored on a one-yard touchdown run.

However on the Chiefs next offensive possession, the ball swung in New England's direction as Richard Seymour forced a Larry Johnson fumble on Kansas City's 34-yard line. Ty Warren recovered the ball that head coach Dick Vermeil challenged. He was over-ruled and nine plays later, Brady hit tight end Christian Fauria for a one-yard touchdown reception. The Chiefs defense did, however, spark a failed two-point conversion to keep the teams separated by a pair of possessions. Momentum swing…and a miss.

The rain kept coming. So did Greg Wesley.

The free safety pulled the hat trick, picking off Brady for the third time on the afternoon with less than four minutes to play. Disregard the fact the interception only set up a 43-yard Colquitt punt three plays later.

"Greg Wesley is a guy that everyone told me was going to play better than he has," Vermeil said. "This year he is. Right now he's reaping the rewards of total commitment."

Fellow safety Sammy Knight added to Brady's hellish day, nabbing the pro-bowler's deflected pass for the fourth time in the game. With less than 45 seconds to play, time finally ran out on the defending champs with the ball in Kansas City's hands.

Bring on the Broncos.