Sunday afternoon Kansas City Chiefs Can be held by a barn burner, Atlanta Falcons 17-14 as the last second field goal attempt drifted outside. The game was an amazing defensive battle. Neither attack actually synced — as no one expected.
Here are three important points from the game:
Chiefs clinch top seeds
With this victory, the Chiefs officially won the AFC’s post-season top seed, won the first round bye-bye, and made it possible to play at home throughout the playoffs.
Such things can be very important as the team already has a pile of injured along the attack line and linebacker group. During the match on Sunday, wide receiver Sammy Watkins left with a calf injury — linebacker Bennieman also left with a hamstring injury. Both tight-end Travis Kerke and running back Le’Veon Bell were injured and left the field, but both returned with some ability.
I fully understand why most people don’t want this sloppy performance from a team starter to end in 20 days. No one wants the team to casually take over the effort in the playoffs. But this team needs the rest. It’s as appealing as a coach asking a starter to show what he can do in line in the 17th week, but it’s a wise move to rest the smashed roster and protect Patrick Mahomes.
Travis Kerke regains record
Not only was Travis Kerke the first tight end in NFL history to record multiple seasons with more than 100 catches, but he also regained the record for a single season with a tight end yard. Now at 1,416 yards, he broke George Kittle’s 2018 record of 1,377. And it was one game less than Kittle played.
While Kerke was one of the few parts of the Chiefs’ attack that seemed to function normally, it was appropriate to break the record. It was Kerke who made a series of calls to drive deep into Atlanta’s territory, as the Chiefs struggled to move the ball and had to score from behind. He once again proves that he is the best tight end in the game and arguably the most important offensive player.
It’s a shame he played in the 17th week, competing for the 2020 receive yard title, and probably not having a chance to win, but given that he was upset by the game, it’s worth the rest.
Young defenders get bigger
By half-time, Anthony Hitchens and Damian Wilson missed the game altogether, and Bennieman left the game, given that the defense hadn’t had three starting linebackers by half-time. The defense played a great game.
Willie Gay Jr. played a very up and down game, but did some splash play to show off the athletic ability that the team (and its fans) find very exciting. When Niemann went out, Darius Harris took on the role of playcall and did a good job, doing his best to protect the team from the constant press bust.
There are many other defensive topics, but the defensive star was L’Jarius Sneed, a rookie cornerback. He performed another great performance in coverage, performed defenses, and rushed passers-by. Simply put, Sneed rarely gives up on a big yard — and he just plays. If he wasn’t injured early in the season and missed time, he would be the Defensive Blue Key of the Year rock.
A few weeks ago, this defense required a great deal of rejuvenation. Sneed’s recovery from injury was conditional on it — and he soon grew into one of the most important parts of defense.
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