The Kansas City Chiefs did not accomplish what they needed to in Week 13, though toward the end of their second matchup against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos this season, it looked like they were about to at least tie the game. They ended up losing to the Broncs 28-35 and they did hang in there, but simply missed too many other opportunities.
The Chiefs started out so strong this season at 9-0, and hopes were high as they maintained the status as the only undefeated team in the NFL for a while. They have lost steam over the past three weeks with consecutive losses (the last two of them at home!). They started out the first half on Sunday against Denver with a comfortable 21-7 lead, and really had the Broncos scrambling, but lost the thread somewhere along the way.
When the Broncos stepped up after halftime, the Chiefs failed to follow them, at least until the fourth quarter. Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles brought the Chiefs to within one touchdown of their opponents. Unfortunately, that last push wasn’t enough, and it cost them a very important game.
So, the now 9-3 Chiefs have lost both of their games against 10-2 Denver, and they trail the Broncos by a single game in the AFC West rankings. The Broncos do have the tiebreaker, however, and so in reality, this really puts the Chiefs behind by a game and a half. In other words, Denver only needs to tie season records with Kansas City in order to win the division championship, while the Chiefs need to finish at least a game ahead of the Broncos if they want to win the division.
So, the Chiefs’ defense once again did not stop or sack Manning the way they needed to, though to their credit, they did better than I thought they would without injured linebacker Justin Houston. One amazing highlight saw rookie running back Knile Davis make a 108-yard kickoff return for one of the Chiefs’ touchdowns during the first half of the game. It happened to be the longest return run in franchise history and the second-longest in league history.
The Chiefs will now go on the road for the next two weeks for games against the Washington Redskins, and the Oakland Raiders. While a 9-3 record is not all that shabby, Kansas City fans are hoping that their team will pulls it together for the remaining four games of the regular season, and then the playoffs.