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Upon Further Review: Eight Quick Facts Following the Chiefs’ Loss on Sunday

Posted Dec 4, 2017

Here are some quick facts following the Chiefs’ loss to the Jets on Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the New York Jets, 38-31, on Sunday afternoon to move to 6-6 on the season.   

Here are some quick facts following the game.

1. Kansas City's offense came to play

It took the Chiefs six plays and just under three minutes to score on each of their first two possessions of the game. It was a flying start for an offense that had struggled the previous three games.

2. Tight end Travis Kelce was right in the middle of that fast start

Kelce hauled in both of Kansas City’s first two touchdowns on Sunday, marking the second multi-score game of his career and just the second multi-touchdown first quarter for a player this season.

It also gave the fifth-year tight end a career-high seven touchdowns on the season.

3. New York mounted a couple of comebacks

Unfortunately for Kansas City, that fast start didn’t last very long as New York erased the deficit before the first quarter came to an end. It marked the Jets’ largest comeback of the season.

The Jets again found themselves trailing in the closing minutes of the game before quarterback Josh McCown led New York on a 6 minute, 58 second go-ahead scoring drive. The 38-year-old quarterback was credited with a game-winning drive and a fourth-quarter comeback for the first time since Week 5 of the 2015 season, and for the sixth time in his career.

4. A pair of Jets' receivers had big days

New York wide receiver Jermaine Kearse tallied a career-high nine catches and 157 yards in the contest, becoming just the third Jet since 2000 to amass at least nine catches and 150 yards in a single game.

Fellow wide out Robby Anderson also had himself a big game, catching eight passes for 107 yards.

It was the second-straight week that the Jets had multiple receivers tally over 100 yards through the air.  

5. Speaking of receivers, Tyreek Hill had the best game of his career

Hill tallied six catches for a career-high 185 yards and two scores against New York, catching multiple touchdowns for the first time in his career. His 185 yards through the air were the most by a Chief since Jamaal Charles on Dec. 15, 2013.

Hill and Kelce combined to do something the Chiefs haven’t seen in quite a while.

6. Quarterback Alex Smith had a strong bounce-back performance

Smith hadn’t been himself the past three weeks after a stellar start to the season, but he seemed to regain his early-season form on Sunday, completing 19 of 33 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns.

It was Smith’s third-career game with four or more touchdowns and his 366 yards were the third-most of his career. He matched a career-high with five passes of over 25 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown strike to Hill.

It all added up to a 135.9 passer rating on the afternoon.

He also managed to do some damage with his legs, scampering for a career-long 70-yard run. It was the longest rush by a quarterback this season and the second-longest in franchise history, trailing only Steve Bono’s 76-yard run in 1995.

When paired with Smith’s 79-yard pass, the rush landed Smith in the record books.

7. Harrison Butker finally missed, but he's also nearing some history

Butker snapped his franchise-record streak of 23 consecutive field goals with a miss on Sunday – his first since Week 4.

He followed the miss by making a 36-yard field goal late in the second quarter, moving him just one kick shy of matching the team record for field goals by a rookie.  

8. Punter Dustin Colquitt accomplished some history of his own

Colquitt was called on just twice in Sunday’s contest, but it was all he needed to take over the top spot in franchise history in terms of career punts (1,019).

 

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