From the Armchair: Kansas City Chiefs, Week 5

10/7/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Oct 6, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) intercepts a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) during the second half  at LP Field. The Chiefs won 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY SportsSurvive and advance. The term is normally reserved for March Madness, but it sure felt applicable this weekend (it doesn't help that I also am a fan of Stanford football...). Sunday's win in Tennessee looked like a game that the Chiefs had complete control of... until they didn't. By the 4th quarter, Kansas City was losing, and needed the defense to wake up from its 3rd quarter slumber.

Luckily, the defense did just that, forcing two crucial 4th quarter Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions (by rookie Marcus Cooper and Quintin Demps) and the offense did just enough, again, to stay unbeaten. 

In the first half it looked like there was no way that the game would be competitive. After all, the Titans didn't get a first down until midway through the 2nd quarter. The KC offense was moving the ball adequately, with its largest inhibitor being offensive penalties. 

Then came halftime, and tweets like this (from The Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger):

Trying to think of a way that Ryan Fitzpatrick can come back from 13 down against this D. I'll get back to you.

— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) October 6, 2013
Oh. Okay.

Then, all of a sudden, I am cursing, throwing my remote control and the Chiefs are down 17-13 in the 4th quarter. Now these are the Chiefs I know, I thought. 

But not so fast. Sunday's win was a great example of when great coaching is important. The Chiefs had (figuratively) fumbled the game away. However, Andy Reid righted the ship, and KC scored the last 13 points of the game, just as they had scored the first 13, to win.

Hit the jump for some takeaways:
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10/7/13   |   JenX63   |   32817 respect

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