On Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs put out their ugliest performance of the year against the Buffalo Bills. The 470 total yards Kansas City allowed was the most they’ve surrendered all season, and the 210 total yards they gained was their lowest mark of the season. So how did the Chiefs come out on top 23-13?
The answer is two enormous gifts handed to them by the Bills offense. The first present came in the opening drive of the second half with Buffalo one yard away from scoring and taking a two-touchdown lead. Fourth-string quarterback Jeff Tuel had Stevie Johnson uncovered in the end zone, but must have thought cornerback Sean Smith had been a good boy this year. Under no pressure, Tuel threw a short pass right between Smith’s numbers and watched him take it 100 yards the other way for a score.
Smith commented on the play via the Kansas City Star, “It was like Christmas. You go out there as a little kid, and there’s like a big box right there? That’s how I felt. He threw it right to me. I knew once I caught it no one was catching me.” It hasn’t been confirmed or denied if Smith sat on Tuel’s lap before the game and asked for the pick-six, but nevertheless, Tuel definitely played the part of Santa Claus for the Chiefs.
Instead of a 14-point deficit, Kansas City tied the score and eventually put the game away with another gift from wideout T.J. Graham in the fourth quarter. Tuel’s holiday spirit must have been contagious as Graham didn’t properly secure a reception that was slapped out by Marcus Cooper. Tamba Hali subsequently scooped it up and ran it into the end zone. The touchdown gave the Chiefs their first and final lead of the game and kept their undefeated season alive.
Merry Christmas, Kansas City.