Chiefs Season Review: The Second Quarter

A look back at the Chiefs’ 2014 season

GAME FIVE:SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 22, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 17

RESULTING RECORD:2-3

In a Week 5 battle between two 2-2 teams, the Chiefs visited the San Francisco 49ers in quarterback Alex Smith's first game against his old team since the 2013 trade that brought him to Kansas City.

Smith and the Chiefs started at their own 9-yard line on the first drive of the game and quickly moved the ball down the field primarily through the air. Smith was 6 for 8 for 61 yards on the possession and finished it off with a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce to give the Chiefs an early 7-0 lead.

But what initially felt like a game in which the Chiefs would roll (as they did in their previous win against the Patriots) soon turned into a battle. The 49ers fought back and by the end of the first half they led the Chiefs 13-10.

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De'Anthony Thomas, who missed the Chiefs' first four games of the season with a nagging hamstring injury, made his debut for Kansas City against San Francisco and in the beginning of the second half, took a screen pass 17 yards and showed off his speed for the first touchdown of his career. The touchdown gave the Chiefs the 17-13 lead, but again, the 49ers answered.

Three straight field goals put San Francisco in front 22-17 and with 2:12 to go in the game, the Chiefs got the ball back on their own 20 with a chance to win with a touchdown, a would-be storybook ending for Smith.

But it was not meant to be. On the potential game-winning drive's second play, Smith overthrew TE Anthony Fasano and the ball was intercepted. Colin Kaepernick kneeled out the clock and the Chiefs went into the bye week with a 2-3 record.  

CHIEFS GAME MVP: RB Jamaal Charles (15 carries, 80 yards rushing; 1 reception, 4 yards receiving)


GAME SIX:KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 23, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 20

RESULTING RECORD:3-3

Due in part to the outstanding play of QB Philip Rivers and an early bye week for the Denver Broncos, the Chargers, at the time with a 5-1 record, were in first place in the AFC West when the Chiefs visited San Diego in Week 7 coming off the bye.

This game was significant in the history of the Kansas City Chiefs because running back Jamaal Charles surpassed Priest Holmes for the franchise lead in yards rushing. Charles, needing 16 yards to break the record, ran for exactly that to score a game-tying touchdown in the second quarter, making it 7-7.

The Chiefs grabbed the 10-7 lead with a 28-yard field goal later in the second, but a 27-yard touchdown catch by Antonio Gates off the hands of defensive back Ron Parker gave the Chargers a 14-10 lead into halftime.

In the fourth quarter, fullback Anthony Sherman gave the Chiefs a 6-point lead on an 11-yard touchdown after seeming to be bottled up in a screen pass, but the Chargers, like the 49ers the previous game, would not surrender. Field goals by Chargers kicker Nick Novak on back-to-back possessions tied the game at 20 with just under two minutes remaining.

For the third time in the season (49ers, Broncos), the Chiefs turned to Smith and the two-minute offense. This time, Smith worked to the ball to the San Diego 30-yard line, and K Cairo Santos curled a 48-yard field goal just inside the upright to give the Chiefs the 23-20 win.

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After missing two early field goals, one against Tennessee and one against Denver, the pressure kick, his third of the day against San Diego, solidified Santos' standing as a reliable kicker and clinched the Chiefs' first win of what would become a five-game winning streak.

CHIEFS GAME MVP: RB Jamaal Charles (22 carries, 95 yards rushing; 2 receptions, 12 yards receiving)

Photos from the 2nd quarter of the 2014 season games 5-8.

GAME SEVEN:KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 34, ST. LOUIS RAMS 7

RESULTING RECORD:4-3

The wildest part of this game was that St. Louis held a 7-0 lead. The Rams received the ball first in the Chiefs' return to Arrowhead Stadium and QB Austin Davis swiftly drove the ball down the field.

After just more than three minutes, TE Lance Kendricks caught a 1-yard pass in the end zone from Davis and the Chiefs were down early.

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The only problem for Davis was that he would be handcuffed the remainder of the game by the play of linebacker Justin Houston, and that first-drive score would be the Rams' last points of the game.

From that moment forward, it was a Kansas City onslaught. Charles scored his third rushing touchdown of the season to start the second quarter and kicker Cairo Santos added three points before the half on a 53-yard field goal. Heading into the locker room, the Chiefs led 10-7.

To open the second half, Knile Davis returned the kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and the Chiefs scored three more times in the game for 34 unanswered points and back-to-back victories.

CHIEFS GAME MVPs:RB Knile Davis (16 carries, 49 yards rushing, 1 touchdown; 99-yard kick-return touchdown), LB Justin Houston (5 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 quarterback hits)

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GAME EIGHT:KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 24, NEW YORK JETS 10

RESULTING RECORD:5-3

The New York Jets arrived to Kansas City having won just once in eight tries on the season and the Chiefs, then at 4-3, looked continue in their winning ways by not falling into a trap game.

Smith made it clear he would not let that happen as he put together two touchdown drives in the first quarter and the Chiefs jumped out to a 14-0 lead.

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The second touchdown for Kansas City was quite a memorable one. With the Chiefs offense on the Jets' 2-yard line, Smith threw to his right and a Jets defender at the line of scrimmage tipped the pass. As the ball spun in the air, TE Anthony Fasano rolled over on his back and caught it on the ground. Untouched, he crawled the ball in the end zone for the score.

The Jets were able to score a touchdown in the second quarter on a 3-yard pass from QB Michael Vick to wide receiver Eric Decker to make it 14-7, but that was as close as they would come in the game.

TE Travis Kelce added a touchdown in the third quarter as the Chiefs went on to win 24-10 for their third win in a row.

CHIEFS GAME MVPs: LB Justin Houston (4 tackles, 2 sacks), TE Travis Kelce (4 receptions, 67 yards receiving, 1 touchdown)

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