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Chiefs Vs. Cowboys Post Game Gab

C owboy LossNot even the ghost of Chiefs past could come back to save them today as they fall to the Dallas Cowboys 26-20. The Chiefs who held pre game festivities for the AFL Legacy game that included former Chiefs from the Super Bowl day’s carrying their championship trophy out to the 50 yard line, a Chiefs hall of fame induction and dozens of former Chiefs and coaches who were on hand for the game. They all left Arrowhead stadium disappointed as the Chiefs had another very winnable game slip thru their grasp. The Cowboys tried to give the Chiefs the game all afternoon on their second drive of the game the Cowboys missed a very make able 40 yard field goal. The Chiefs unable to do anything with the missed kick were forced to punt luckily for the Chiefs the punt was muffed and the Chiefs had their second golden opportunity of the game.

After the turnover the Chiefs were set up with first and ten at the Cowboys 22 yard line the Chiefs were unable to gain any kind of positive yardage and had to settle for a 45 yard Ryan Succop field goal giving the Chiefs the early 3-0 advantage. The very next Cowboys drive would again be stalled by another turnover this time a Tony Romo fumble. Five plays later the Chiefs were in the end zone with a 1 yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel to Mike Vrabel to put the Chiefs up 10-0 at the 11:00 minute mark in the second quarter. The Chiefs and Cowboys traded punts till the Cowboys got on the board with a 22 yard field goal. After a failed two minute drive the Chiefs would head in to halftime up 10-3.

The Chiefs would again match their biggest lead of the game when on their 2nd possession of the 2nd half the Chiefs would drive 36 yards into field goal territory setting up a 38 yard Ryan Succop field goal. That field goal seemed to have awakened the Cowboys who went on a run of their own after that play. On their ensuing drive Tashard Choice went 36 yards up the middle to pay dirt to pull the game to within a field goal 13-10. Riding the hands of Miles Austin who had a career high and Cowboys record 250 yards receiving the Cowboys would move into field goal range to tie the game at 13 all. Attempting to regain the lead the Chiefs again called on Ryan Succop this time for a 53 yard field goal only to have the kick blocked by Jay Ratliff. Three plays later the Cowboys would regain the lead after Tony Romo hit the hot handed Miles Austin on a 7 yard slant that turned in to a 59 yard catch and run that turned in to 7 points leaving the Chiefs down 20-13 with 2:16 left in the game.

Matt Cassel finally showed some of that 63 million dollar potential, leading the Chiefs on a very nice two minute drill down the field. Nine plays and 58 yards later the Chiefs were facing a 4th and 7 from the Dallas 16 with 28 seconds remaining when Matt Cassel hit Dwayne Bowe on a 16 yard touchdown strike down the deep middle of the field sending the game in to over time. Both teams would get two shots in overtime unfortunately for the Chiefs the Cowboys would take full advantage on their second possession. On 2nd and 15 Tony Romo would again hit Miles Austin down the right side of the field on a 60 yard catch and run that would turn in to 6 points and end the game. The Chiefs had two choices after this game 1. Hold their heads high that they stayed stride for stride with a playoff contending team or 2. Beat their selves up about letting another game slip thru their grasps. Either way the game was a loss and the Chiefs now move to 0-5 and continue to sit in the cellar of the NFL standings.

Grading the keys to the game

1.Avoid the stupid mistake: Besides getting a field goal blocked and not being able to tackle Miles Austin the Chiefs did not make many of the crippling mistakes that have plagued them throughout the season. The Chiefs were better on 3rd down going 5 for 17 converting 18 percent higher than their season average and had no fumbles or interceptions in the game but were flagged 7 times for 50 yards.

Grade: C+

2. Capitalize on Romo‘s turnovers: The Cowboys turned it over three times the Chiefs turned that in to 10 points which simply was not good enough considering the field position they had. The Chiefs were gift wrapped a victory with these turnovers and if they could have scored even 3 more points of the turnovers they could have won this game. That is the difference between great teams and mediocre teams, a great team would have found a way for those turnovers to be their key to victory.

Grade: B-

3.Hit the Cowboy‘s in the mouth: The Chiefs failed miserably at trying to be more physical than the Cowboys , the Chiefs could not run the ball all day, Matt Cassel was sacked 4 times and was knocked down over 15 times. The only reason the Cowboys were able to stay in this game is the fact that the Chiefs could not impose their will on the Cowboys physically. If the O-line could have hit the Cowboys in the mouth and either protected Matt Cassel long enough to form a consistent passing game or open up even a sliver of a hole for L.J. this could have been a victory.

Grade: F-

Rant time:

The Chiefs continue to amaze with their ability to continue to find new and creative ways to lose games. This time they win the time of possession had less penalties than the Cowboys and won the turnover battle and despite the awesome field position they were only able to gain 10 points, Their O-line was awesomely bad at one point in the game Matt Cassel had 25 drop backs out of those 25 pass attempts he was either sacked or hit 16 times that is 64 percent of the time. Within the next two or three games Matt Cassel could be in serious jeopardy of developing David Carr syndrome. Even when Cassel was not getting hit he still had a hand in his face or was being pressured. Bottom line here is the Chiefs seriously misjudged the talent level on their O-line and the Chiefs will not be able to judge how good their skill position players are with out holes for them to run thru or time for them to run their patterns and try to beat their defenders. Who knows maybe L.J. is still a 1,000 yard back and Cassel is the next tom Brady, one things for sure no one will know till the Chiefs fix their O-line. The Cowboys did not even want this game three turnovers 13 penalties but the Chiefs insisted on giving the game back …….. Who lets Miles Austin go for 250 on them….. Who lets anybody go for 250 on them?

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