Anatomy of a Touchdown Week 12: Alex Smith’s Miracle at Mile High

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Anatomy of a Touchdown Week 12: Alex Smith’s Miracle at Mile High

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Have you recovered yet? My heart rate is still up from the Kansas City Chiefs’ Sunday Night Football victory over the Denver Broncos, and it’s two days later. As I pondered which touchdown I wanted to break down this week for this piece, it occurred to me that trying to do that wouldn’t bring justice to this game. No, somehow I had to do something BIGGER this week.

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In that vein, I decided to break down the entire drive at the end of regulation that tied the game and allowed the diminutive kicker from San Palo, Brazil, Cairo Santos, to kick the game-winner, nearly 15 minutes of game-time later.

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As I re-watched the last two minutes over the last few days, I was continually having a sense of deja vu. I felt like we’ve all see this before. Then it hit me. This was the same Alex Smith we saw in the NFC Divisional Round when Smith–then with the San Francisco 49ers–led a game-winning drive against the New Orleans Saints. Before we go any further, I want you to all watch this. Refresh your memory. Tell me it doesn’t seem similar. This used to be my favorite performance from Alex Smith. Used to be.

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While Smith has given fans plenty of reasons to doubt him over the last several weeks–myself included, which you can read all about here–he did exactly what he’s paid to do when it counted. Many have screamed about how ineffective Smith has been this season. In fact, one perpetual Smith Twitter-critic posted this “gem” comparing the Chiefs’ quarterback stats to former L.A. Rams starter, Case Keenum.

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While No. 11’s stats haven’t been stellar this year, they never are. He’s not a “big stat guy.” He finished the game with 26 completions on 44 attempts with a pedestrian 220 yards of passing and one touchdown. However, 75 of those 220 yards came on the final drive of regulation, which we’ll take a look at now.

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1st and 10, 3:00

 

The Chiefs received the ball on the 25-yard line with exactly three minutes on the clock. Clearly in their two minute offense–and fully in pass-first mode–they lined up in a five-wide receiver set out of the gate. This turned out to be a mistake, as the Broncos had the intermediate routes covered well, and without a running back to pickup the blitz, Smith was forced to step up into the pocket, right into the waiting arms of linebacker Shane Ray.

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2nd and 17, 2:38

 

On the next play from scrimmage, Smith was able to get the ball out quickly to Chris Conley, who was lined up wide to the left. It was a designed quick screen, and Conley was able to turn his body upfield and gain seven yards–the sack yardage–before being forced out of bounds by cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and stopping the clock.

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3rd and 10, 2:26

 

Three plays into the drive, the Chiefs were already facing their first third-and-long. This is a down and distance than hasn’t been kind to the Chiefs this season, and this game was no different. Time and time again, Smith had difficulty finding receivers beyond the first down marker in the early stages of the game. However, on this play, the red and gold lined up in a trips-right formation, isolating tight end Travis Kelce to the left. This was a formation they had used several times during the game, trying to get the ball into the hands of their play-maker. This time it worked. With pressure coming in the form of NFL sack-leader, Von Miller, Smith stood tall and delivered a 10-yard strike to Kelce who went up to get the ball, and moved the chains.

 

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1st and 10, 2:06

 

With little delay, and the clock still ticking, the Chiefs moved quickly to the line of scrimmage. Center Mitch Morse managed to get a snap off to Smith before the clock wound down to the two minute warning. Conley moved up field and found a soft spot in the Broncos’ zone coverage. He sat down right there and Smith quickly found him for another chunk gain of 13 yards and a first down. As the play ended, the clock stopped, allowing the Chiefs to catch their breath and regroup as they prepared to move the final 52-yards to pay dirt.

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1st and 10, 1:56

 

The Chiefs went back to the Travis Kelce “well” on the first play after the two minute warning. Utilizing the same formation as two plays previous, head coach Andy Reid isolated the star tight end on the left side of the formation. As he ran a quick “out” route, Smith threw the ball. However, the pass fell well short of the intended target. A flag was quickly fired in from the left sideline and Denver was called for defensive holding, which is why the pass fell short. This gave the Chiefs five more yards and a first down.

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1st and 10, 1:51

 

The next play didn’t even have a chance to get started before the Broncos–more specifically Miller–gifted the Chiefs another five yards. Attempting to guess Smith’s cadence and snap count, Miller was nearly in the offensive backfield before Morse had even sent the ball backwards towards Smith who was waiting in the shotgun. Because it was considered “unabated to the quarterback” the play was whistled dead, and the officials marched off another five yards, putting the Chiefs inside Denver’s 45-yard line.

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1st and 5, 1:51

 

Why defenses don’t learn, I’ll never know. First, wide receiver Tyreek Hill was responsible for every Chiefs’ score–minus the safety–on the evening. Second, Alex Smith’s game isn’t to launch the ball 45-yards down the field and score a long touchdown in one play. This is the West Coast Offense, which is predicated on short passes and timing routes. The Broncos defense, touted by some as the best since the ’85 Bears, left Hill wide open on a quick, five-yard curl route. There wasn’t a Broncos defender within five yards of him when he caught the ball. Hill was able to turn up field and gain another three yards before giving himself up to conserve time after gaining another first down.

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1st and 10, 1:29

 

A lot of time ticked off from the end of Hill’s catch until the following play, which is why an incomplete pass here wasn’t a bad thing. The Chiefs lined up with five-wide again, with Kelce in the slot to the left. Smith tried to hit him on a quick seven-yard “in” route in double coverage in the middle of the field. Kelce went up to get the ball, but was unable to hold on. It fell to the ground–along with that ridiculous chant from the home Denver fans IN-COM-PLETE–but stopped the clock in the process, allowing for a quick regrouping for the Kansas City sideline.

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2nd and 10, 1:26

 

On second down, nearly having a completion on first, the Chiefs ran a very similar play. This time though, Kelce wasn’t double covered and Smith’s pass was a hair more accurate, hitting Kelce in the front of his route, instead of his body. No. 87 made the catch and then fought with Denver safety T.J. Ward for an additional three yards, coming down at the 25-yard line for a gain of nine on the play.

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3rd and 1, 1:02

 

As I’ve re-watched this game, and specifically this final drive several times since Sunday night, something has occurred to me. In fact, as I’m often won’t to do, I tweeted about it. Tell me if you agree.

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I’m not taking anything away from Kubiak or his defensive coordinator, the great Wade Phillips. They are both fantastic, Super Bowl-winning coaches. I get that. But they did not have the Denver defense ready to play the Chiefs’ style of football. Especially on this final drive.

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Smith picked his spots all the way down the field, and this third-and-one with just over a minute left was no different. Corner back Aqib Talib was nearly nine yards off Conley. I know Talib doesn’t respect Conley that much. And, as with the rest of the drive, Smith hit Conley on a quick shot, and moved the chains, converting on third down for the second time on the drive. The only mistake here was Conley went to the ground immediately when he caught the ball, which allowed Talib to mark him down and force the clock to continue winding down.

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1st and 10, 0:41

 

Two minutes and 19 seconds into the final drive, Smith made his first mistake. While the Broncos’ defenders had been underestimating him and the offense during the drive, he underestimated Talib’s closing speed. Conley lined up wide right by himself and Talib was about 10 yards off the line. When the ball was snapped, Conley took off on a fly route, and blew right past Talib, and the safety, rookie Justin Simmons, was out of position to make a play on the ball. Had Smith looked at Conley first and thrown the ball right where I’ve paused the tape (above), it would have been an easy touchdown, and we would have been saved from the drama that ensued later on. However, Smith looked to his left first before coming back to Conley, which allowed Talib to make a play on the ball and swat it away.

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But, as Denver did on several plays during this drive, they committed a penalty, showing, perhaps, they’re not quite as disciplined as many would have you believe. The flag was on safety T.J. Ward for illegal contact–making contact with Travis Kelce more than five yards down field. The Denver crowd “booed” the call, but above you see the video evidence showing it was a good call. The penalty gave the Chiefs five more yards and another first down.

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1st and 10, 0:35

 

One of the biggest complaints against Smith–one I’m inclined to agree with–is that inside the 20-yard line he doesn’t take shots at his receivers who are in the end zone. This often leads to the offense sputtering in the red zone and having to settle for a field goal. I don’t know if this is because of Reid’s play calling or Smith’s aversion to throwing into tight coverages–which tends to happen with a shortened field–but it is frustrating. However, with the game on the line, and for the second play in a row, Smith took a shot at receiver, that if executed properly, would have scored.

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Smith gets Albert Wilson in one-on-one coverage with corner back Bradley Roby down the left sideline. However, Roby rides Wilson to the end and Smith’s pass leads Wilson just out of bounds in the end zone. It was a nice effort, but not close enough, setting up second down.

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2nd and 10, 0:29

 

While Smith’s second-and-10 yard play fell incomplete, it was actually pretty well set up. The play design was to get the ball to running back Charcandrick West on a “quick-hitter” out of the backfield. West did not have a defender covering him, and the closest man was Von Miller who was being blocked by Kelce. West had plenty of open real estate between him and the end zone and depending on if he could make a man miss, he could have potentially scored.

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We can all say what we want about Miller, but the man was the Super Bowl 50 MVP for a reason. Seeing that West was going to get the ball “in space,” he quickly was able to shed the block from Kelce and blow up the play, causing West to drop the ball before he was able to secure it. This stopped the clock, but it also brought up third-and-10.

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The Chiefs had already converted two third downs on the drive. Would they be able to convert another third down with the game on the line? Spoiler alert: the answer is no.

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3rd and 10, 0:25

 

On third down, Smith took another shot to the end zone in an attempt to get the Chiefs within two points of the Broncos. After lining up in a three-wide to the left formation, Wilson cut in, covered by Chris Harris Jr. Smith’s ball was just out in front of Wilson, who appeared to get lazy on the play. This is a common complaint with Wilson, that he doesn’t try hard enough to get the balls that aren’t right in his hands.

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Thankfully he was inside of Harris Jr. who wasn’t able to get close enough to intercept the pass and end the Chiefs’ hopes of a comeback in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter. However, it would be down to one last play, as the ball fell incomplete, it brought up fourth down.

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4th and 10, 0:19

 

As fourth down loomed, the Chiefs didn’t look panicked and least of all Smith. I’m going to break this play down a bit further, because it is probably the best play Smith has made as a Chief. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but I don’t think so.

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The Chiefs lined up with trips to the left (Hill, Wilson, Kelce) and Conley by himself to the right. The Broncos showed blitz from the outset with Ward looking to come off the right edge. Spoiler alert: he does and he’s unblocked, making a bee line for Smith. What I find most interesting is the Broncos’ defensive backs are playing the end zone, but appearing to give up the first down marker which is located between the four and five yard line.

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As Kelce reached the end of his route, he “sat down” at the nine yard line. This caused the Broncos’ defenders to move up to him, as he was wide open. Smith, with pressure directly in his face from Ward–who by the way, is known to “head hunt” and all the more reason to be proud of Smith for standing tall in the pocket and delivering this strike–hits Hill on his “out” route. Hill is able to not only secure the ball, but get two feet in bounds, get the first down and then get out of bounds at the three, stopping the clock.

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Yeah, Hill is a rookie, and Smith is a bottom-tier quarterback. Gotta love the narrative, right? My buddy–and film review mentor–Seth Keysor had this to say about the play.

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1st and GOAL, 0:15

 

This is where things get very interesting. With only 15 ticks on the clock and no timeouts, the Chiefs had to pass the ball. There was really no option to run, even from the three-yard line. By passing, if there was nothing there, they could stop the clock with a throwaway and live to fight another day…or down…you get the picture.

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As they lined up with two receivers to the left (Hill and Conley) and two the right (Wilson and Kelce), it looked as if Smith knew who he wanted to go to. Hill made a move to get inside his defender (Roby) along the goal line. Smith put the ball right on Hill’s body and he rolled into the end zone.

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TOUCHDOWN KAN-SAS….whoa…not so fast. As Hill got to his feet, celebrating the game-saving score, the side judge ran in from the left side of the field, indicating Hill was actually tackled short of the end zone line. And upon the initial viewing of the replay, it appeared it was the correct call. It took valuable seconds for the rest of the Chiefs offensive players to figure out what was happening. Because of this, the clock continued to tick down. As if my heart wasn’t already pounding at about 185 beats per minute and my blood pressure at a dangerous level, this nearly put me over the edge. Finally, with one second on the clock, the officials blew the whistle, indicating there would be a booth review on the play.

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As you can see, Hill’s knee clearly appears to be down and the ball has not crossed the plane of the end zone. But as the broadcast team of Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth began to review the play from several different angles, Tirico–who was sitting in for NBC’s regular play-by-play analyst Al Michaels who was on a “bye week”–adeptly pointed out that Hill did not actually have possession of the ball until he was across the goal line and in the end zone.

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Incredibly, head official, Pete Morelli agreed with Tirico’s assessment of the play and overturned the call, ruling the pass a touchdown.

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But even with the six points on the board, the score was still only 22-24 in favor of the Broncos. In order to complete the most improbable of comebacks, Reid, Smith and the Chiefs offense would have to dig down and find one more miracle.

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2-Point Try, Untimed Down

 

As Smith and the Chiefs moved to the two-yard line to attempt the try, there were a few things that seemed very out of place. First, Tyreek Hill who was responsible for all three of the Chiefs touchdowns on the evening, was not on the field. Conley lined up wide to the right and Albert Wilson wide to the left. The next curious thing was the fact that Travis Kelce was not lined up in a typical pass-catching tight end location, but instead was in tight on the left side of the line with his hand in the dirt, presumably to block the blitzes that would be coming after his quarterback who he has affectionately called “Smitty” in past interviews.

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The third receiver in the formation was second-string tight end–if there’s such a thing in Andy Reid’s tight end heavy offense–former college basketball star Demetrius Harris who lined up in the slot to Smith’s right. 

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Chiefs fans are extremely familiar with Harris who hadn’t played football since high school before being signed by general manager John Dorsey in his first year with the franchise. Harris has had a hard time hanging onto passes this year. To say everyone in Chiefs Kingdom was holding their breath is an understatement. What happened next could only be described as, well, the cap to the miracle.

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It was far from an open receiver, or easy throw, or anything resembling a “typical” Alex Smith play. On the receiving end, Harris had the Broncos Chris Harris Jr. (no relation) all over him, pawing for the ball. It was nothing short of magic. Smith “willed” the ball into Harris’ waiting arms, and to his credit, he made sure he didn’t let go.

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The craziest thing about this drive is, it wasn’t the last or even the second-to-the-last scoring drive Smith had to lead the Chiefs on in order to win the game. He would go on to lead two more scoring drives to finally put the team in position to win the game in final seconds of overtime.

 

Is Alex Smith infuriating at times? Yes. I will say he is. I’ve been a Smith fan and supporter since before he came to Kansas City. I’ve gotten frustrated with him at times, but this is why I love him. He holds the single season record in San Francisco for fourth quarter comebacks during the 2011 season and has lead overtime-forcing and game-winning drives against two tough division opponents this season.

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He’s not Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers.

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He’s Alex Smith. Author of the Mile High Miracle.

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  • Chiefly Bacon

    Great piece for a great game. Season hinged on coming out with a win there, and Smith came through.

  • berttheclock

    Extremely well written and documented review, Jason. Your mentor, Seth Keysor should be very proud.

  • berttheclock

    Just a thought about the tragic loss of life of all involved in the plane crash in Columbia. A top Brazilian soccer team and their coaches were aboard and most of the passengers lost their lives. I know Santos left Brazil for the US sometime ago, but, he has gone back to Brazil on many occasions and must have known passengers who were in the crash. Sad day for everyone.

    With so many successful trips involving sporting teams aboard airplanes, we tend to take everything for granted. But, there have been 30 documented crashes involving various sporting teams from different sports and countries since the late ’40s. In this country, there have been at least four involving both football and basketball programs. In 1970, there were two major crashes, first, with the Cal Poly football team, then, the Marshall University football team. Actually, there were three as the third involved the Wichita State football team. In 1977, the basketball team from Evansville University was in a terrible crash.

    • berttheclock

      As in many other aspects of life, none of us should ever take anything for granted. Not every plane heading into the sky has come down safely.

      Little wonder John Madden refused to fly.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        I only fly when I absolutely have to, my problem is once I am up there I start freaking out on the fact that engines are the only thing keeping us up there, and I don’t know about you guys but I have had vehicles with engines leave me stranded before.

        • berttheclock

          When I was stationed in West Germany, I got a military hop from Rhein-Main to England. The plane was an old C-47. Before we departed the crew chief was asked about us putting on the parachutes we were all sitting atop in the bucket seats on each side of the plane. He said “Don’t worry. Nothing ever happens, but, if we need them, I’ll be back to tell you what to do”. Great comforting words. All went well.

          • berttheclock

            I started to croon, “Gory, gory Hallelujah, gory, gory Hallilujah , gory gory Hallelujah, what a hell of way to die and I ain’t gonna jump no more”.

        • Frank Leggio

          I fly on about 140-150 planes per year. I try to not think about it.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Very sad.

  • berttheclock

    Yes indeed. Alex Smith did “manage” that win very nicely.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      The Possibilities if our offense ran as smoothly all the time as it does during the two minute drill.

  • berttheclock

    Over at AP this AM, it has been noted that Hill won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. First Chiefs player to do so. Plus, in another thread, the writer said that Chris Jones has had 20 defensive hurries in the past five games. Only Aaron Donald of the Rams has had more.

    Of course, this will not curtail the minority view of Dorsey bashing. Yes, Dorsey can find excellent talent in both the draft and free agency including walk ons. John Dorsey happens to be the best GM of the Chiefs ever and he will get better and better in the future.

    • larry mckinney

      And now, speaking for the opposition, its tm1946….

  • berttheclock

    With apologies to John Lennon, how about a new verse for his “Imagine”.

    “Imagine if the Chiefs had a real slot receiver instead of Albert Wilson………………………………..”

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Good morning gents….off topic, but I went bowling last night and ordered some beer, these were my two options, oh the perils of being a Chiefs fan in California. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a11d553461e799b6f6901f542048175b835c00c2f5930757cb151788f2dc4c4.jpg

    • berttheclock

      What? They must have been out of Mills College Cyclones volleyball and/or soccer pints.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Lol

        • berttheclock

          I had to put that in as Pat has a Masters from Mills and they didn’t even have any sports teams when she was there.

    • Laurels and limitations

      neither of those looks like a Guinness, so, just let them sit.

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      Just one more reason to feel sorry for the people living in California. I guess it could be worse, if you were farther south the glass could have a lightning bolt.

      • KCMikeG

        Don’t for get they have the dolts and now the lambs too! LOL!!

    • Frank Leggio

      Which one did you pee in first?

    • KCMikeG

      Easy choice. SF gave us AS11 and my Mom told me to never put anything filthy dirty in my mouth!

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Nice write up Jason, I enjoyed that. I definitely enjoyed the video of the Niner Saints game, one of my best buddies is a Saints fan and during that game, when the Saints took that late lead he jumped up off the couch and went running circles around his man cave thinking that they just iced it……… well, my brother being a Niner fan of course jumped up off the couch and did the same thing when the 49ers took the lead, our poor buddy was very very mad–lol

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    What’s the story on Maclin, how long will he be out?

    • Jason Seibel

      It’s a groin. Those tend to linger.

  • berttheclock

    Coincidence or what? First KcBudMan of Draft Tek puts up Deshaun Watson, the six three QB from Clemson going to the Chiefs at 24 in his latest Mock. Then, Matt Miller of NFL Draft Plan follows with the position and taking of Watson. Miller did note that this season Watson had some problems throwing beyond the hash marks, but, over all Watson has produced very well in both passing and running. They both believe Watson fits Andy Reid’s WCO and Reid would coach him up.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Smith and co. “could” be poised for a good offensive game this Sunday in Atlanta through the air………Atlanta’s pass defense is dead last in the NFL and they lost their pro bowl CB Trufant to injury……and to make matters worse, Clayborn who leads their team in QB hits will be out for this one, they will have to lean on 36 year old Freeny who has suffered a quadriceps tear earlier this season.
    It could be a good opportunity for Alex to put together 2 impressive road wins in a row.

    • berttheclock

      Plus, Clayborn was lining up in tandem with Freeney on the right side causing OTs to panic.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Now it will be Beasley and Freeny

        • berttheclock

          Beasley has been improving. I want to see how the Falcons utilize their undersized NT, Grady Jarrett. I wanted Dorsey to draft him in order to give Poe some rest. but, he fell in between KC picks.

    • JimHarbaughsguys

      Is Maclin healthy?

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        I understand he has a groin injury, no need to worry though with our new secret weapon “mighty Max” who is performing feats that haven’t been performed since the days of Gail Sayers.

    • Jason Seibel

      And combine that with the fact that I could see the Raiders losing to to the Bills this Sunday. I don’t know why, but I just have a feeling…

      • larry mckinney

        Oakland at home. Right where we want ’em.

        • larry mckinney

          Believe Oakland at KC will be the first cold-weather game for them. Advantage, Chiefs. Watch out for vasoline arms.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        That’s funny you say that, because I was thinking the same thing, for some reason the Bills love to play the AFC West hard, I was pretty stoked to not see them on our schedule this year for a change.

      • berttheclock

        BTW, have you read how the Bills are going to try to convert the big and strong, but, poor QB, Logan Thomas, into a TE?

      • KCMikeG

        You weren’t hiding in the back seat of the Delorean when me and Marty McFly went to the game next Sunday were you?

    • larry mckinney

      Atlanta has given up 300+ points so far. And scored 350+. Yikes, looks like another 30 – 27 game. And another win. Go Chiefs

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Atlanta hasn’t had to face too many defenses like ours.

        • PaulfromnorthMO

          True, but the Falcons have more of an offensive makeup to burn us deep than the donkeys.

          • KCMikeG

            The Saints were the #4 scoring offense when we played them and we held them 13 points under their average of 34. We did that without Houston!

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      I’m afraid we might need a good deal of offense just to keep up.

    • Frank Leggio

      My worry is the letdown game after one as emotional and physical as the Denver one. I almost wish it was a Thursday night game so they could be closer to the high.

  • berttheclock

    Just had to share this story with all. A friend of Pat’s sent her a photo of a new Christmas tree. Don’t know if it had been grown in Oregon, Washington or Colorado. But, it is actually a tall marijuana plant cut to look like a Christmas tree. Loved the many comments she forwarded to Pat concerning her showing that picture on her Facebook account.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Lol, i’ve seen the photo you are referring to, it is circling around Facebook. Funny stuff.

  • JimHarbaughsguys

    Alex is the Nanny McPhee of QB’s
    When you need him, he will be there.
    If you want him, he won’t.

    Stop trying to make him into something he is not. He is the guy who you want when you need to score. He is not the guy you want if you want to have a so called “high powered offense:

    • Jason Seibel

      I’m not making him into anything. He is what he is. But what he IS is the guy who led three scoring drives when we needed him to win the game. This team does not have a “high powered offense” and I never used those words, nor would I ever.

      • JimHarbaughsguys

        My post wasn’t directed at you. It was a reply to what is often commonly discussed about him.
        If I were directing at you, I would have written @Jason.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          I can understand Jason thinking that you were directing your comment to him, as he is the author of today’s write……you are right about what you said about Alex Smith…….we want so badly for Alex to look like Rothlisberger some times, but that’s not him, but I have to give him credit for managing to pull out the victory when his team needs him.

    • sidibeke

      I just wish he could be the guy to get and maintain a 2 score lead every once in a while. Hey, I like exciting games like the next guy, but each and every week? He and the Chiefs will be the death of me.

      • JimHarbaughsguys

        Good thing you weren’t an SF fan in 2011 then. AS had 6 comebacks that year. And would have had one more if Ginn and Edwards could catch the damn ball when we lost in Baltimore. Alex would have broken joes record of 5 road comebacks in a single season.

  • JimHarbaughsguys

    @jasonseibel:disqus When
    the ball was snapped, Conley took off on a fly route, and blew right
    past Talib, and the safety, rookie Justin Simmons, was out of position
    to make a play on the ball. Had Smith looked at Conley first and thrown
    the ball right where I’ve paused the tape (above), it would have been an
    easy touchdown, and we would have been saved from the drama that ensued
    later on.

    I would not call this a mistake, but a missed opportunity. Smith likely did not look at Conley first because the play designed him to not look at him first.

    • Jason Seibel

      Missed opportunity, is perhaps a better choice of words. Although when Talib got his hands on the ball, my heart stopped.

  • drwillez37

    Brotha my heart has been skipping a beat since week 1 against San Diego

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    As much as I am not a fan of Albert Wilson, I can’t seem to get enough of that video of him knocking Talib on his ass so Hill could score..lol

    • Merlin

      That was an excellent block.

    • Frank Leggio

      Followed up by him Hulking Talib.

  • sidibeke

    Wow. Kelce is wide open on the TD pass to Hill. No complaints, but it might have saved me some lost heart tissue.

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      I saw that too, not only open but about three yards in.

    • Frank Leggio

      I just noticed that too. I must have missed that angle during the game.

    • KCMikeG

      AS11 saw it but wanted all the credit so chose the much tougher throw to Hill – LOL!

  • Frank Leggio

    Nice breakdown. And, I agree about Smith. He can be so frustrating to watch with the ultraconservative play when you have seen him lead drives like these.