The Buffalo Bills escaped Arrowhead Stadium with a 16-10 victory over the Chiefs, but interim head coach Perry Fewell knows that his team got lucky at the end of the game.
Specifically, it was the dropped pass by WR Chris Chambers that would have given the Chiefs the ball at the Bills two-yard line with just around two minutes to play.
“That was the game,” Fewell said afterwards. “Yes, he did beat the coverage but we were on the lucky end today. Sometimes you have to have a little luck.”
It also helps when players make plays, like DE Aaron Schobel did on fourth-and goal at the Bills one-yard line in the first half of the game. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was trying to run a bootleg, but Schobel wasn’t fooled and brought down Cassel for a seven-yard loss.
“We were in a goal-line defense and thought that they would pass the ball,” said Fewell, who still doubles as the team’s defensive coordinator. “When the quarterback kept it, it was a Schobel play. The guy makes plays and you just have to go ‘Man, I’m glad we got this guy!’”
Fewell is now 2-2 since he took over for the fired Dick Jauron and he could have cared less if the game was not a classic.
“I don’t see any ugly in victory,” Fewell said. “All victories are pretty to me.”
What wasn’t pretty was the performance of Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who completed 12 of 20 passes for 86 yards and an interception.
Fitzpatrick wasn’t happy with the interception he threw in the end zone, where CB Brandon Flowers picked him off.
“That was a poor decision,” Fitzgerald said. “It was really a one-receiver route and we ran it all week. You can’t make decisions like that out there. Luckily it didn’t cost us.”
And that — just as much as the Chambers drop — was the story of the game. The Chiefs defense gave up large chunks of yardage on the ground but got the job done when they needed to, including Flowers’ fantastic read on the interception. Unfortunately the Kansas City offense couldn’t answer the bell and let the three turnovers go for naught.
The highlight of the game for the Kansas City fans might have been the pregame ceremonies to honor golfer Tom Watson.
Watson’s stepdaughter, Kelly Paige, 20, sang the national anthem after he received a plaque and framed red No. 1 Chiefs jersey.
“I’ve been watching the Chiefs play since they were the Dallas Texans,” Watson said. “I watched that championship game in 1962 when they played six quarters to win it and became a Dallas Texans fan right then and there. Kansas City is my home. I’ve always been a Chiefs fan, a Royals (fan) …”
Watson, who plans to play in the 2010 Masters and British Open among other tournaments, said he was surprised to learn of Tiger Woods’ transgressions.
“Golf is going to have a hard time, probably,” Watson said, “but we’ll come through this.
“I like what Tiger had to say (Saturday) about his issue, and I think he’s got to make amends with his wife.”
And Tiger Woods makes his first appearance on KC Chiefs Blog! Welcome to the party, Tiger. Maybe you’ll deliver some extra hits (pun no completely intended).
Seriously though, Watson has had an amazing career and I would love to see the Chiefs continue to honor more of the fine people that make their home in Kansas City.
While the Bills were taking on the Chiefs, wide receiver Terrell Owens was losing one of his personal records as Broncos receiver caught 21 passes against the Colts, breaking TO’s single game mark.
“No more deserving of a guy than he is,” Owens said of Marshall. “He’s just been a hard worker. They always said that he was the ‘Baby T.O.’ All records are meant to be broken at some point. I wish him well. He’s going to have a great career.”
Owens caught 20 passes Dec. 17, 2000, against Chicago when he played for San Francisco. His performance upstaged Jerry Rice’s final game with the 49ers. The previous league mark was 18 catches by Tom Fears of the Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 3, 1950, against Green Bay).
“When I broke it I really didn’t know much about the record,” Owens said. “I didn’t know much about Tom Fears, either. It was one of those moments I had when we were kind of clicking. I knew it was only a matter of time [that the record would be broken].”
While Owens lost one record, he moved up on another record list.
With a 9-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, he moved into sole possession of fourth place on the NFL’s all-time career touchdowns list. His 146 TDs put him one ahead of Marcus Allen and Randy Moss. Owens remains third on the career receiving TDs chart with 143, one behind Moss.
Can you imagine how TO would be viewed if he weren’t such a malcontent? He has all the talent in the world, but like Randy Moss, only plays at a high level when he feels like it. I’ve yet to see Larry Fitzgerald or Andre Johnson take plays off. Every time they are on the field you know they can change the game, but there are times you know Owens won’t be a factor.