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Chiefs Season Review: The Third Quarter

A look back at the Chiefs’ 2014 season




The first half of the game between the Chiefs and Bills in Buffalo was a defensive struggle. After Kansas City went three-and-out on its first possession, quarterback Kyle Orton and the Bills put together a three-minute, seven-play touchdown drive, which ended up being the only one of the entire first half.

Cairo Santos hit a 36-yard field goal to follow the touchdown, and in the second quarter, Dan Carpenter hit a 26-yarder. Entering the locker room for halftime, it was 10-3 Bills.

The Chiefs received a major break in the Bills' first possession of the third quarter. Starting at their own 24-yard line, Orton and the Bills marched down the field in 11 plays to the Kansas City 5-yard line.

Orton handed the ball off to running back Bryce Brown, but as he was about to cross the goal line, defensive back Ron Parker knocked the ball out of his grasp and it rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.


The Bills added another field goal later in the quarter and heading into the fourth, the Chiefs trailed 13-3. The Chiefs were in possession of the ball to start the fourth, and a three-down stop by Buffalo set up a pivotal fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 39-yard line. Head coach Andy Reid called a perfectly executed pitch to Jamaal Charles, who ran the ball 39 yards for the touchdown.

The Bills punted on their next possession, giving the Chiefs the ball back with 11:33 to go in the game, but they went three-and-out and they would need to punt back to Buffalo.

On the punt return, wide receiver Albert Wilson made a name for himself by combining with fullback Anthony Sherman to make returner Leodis McKelvin fumble the ball, and when Sherman recovered, the Chiefs started their drive at Buffalo's 26-yard line.

Charles took the ball 18 yards on the first play and on first-and-goal, Smith ran it in for the go-ahead touchdown. Orton could not respond, mainly due to the excellent coverage in and near the end zone by Parker, and the Chiefs won their fourth game in a row.

CHIEFS GAME MVP: RB Jamaal Charles (15 carries, 98 yards rushing, 1 touchdown)




The Chiefs came back to Arrowhead Stadium with four wins in a row and a lot of momentum to face the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle started with possession and in front of a thunderous crowd, went three-and-out. What followed were three touchdown drives in a row.

First, the Chiefs ran a 15-play drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown by Charles. Nine minutes and one second ticked off the clock during the drive. Next, Seattle answered with a very similar possession, a 16-play, nine-minute touchdown drive that tied the game. Finally, the Chiefs broke the long-drive trend with a four-play drive, capped off by a 16-yard touchdown run, Charles' second of the game.

The rest of the half's scoring consisted of two Seattle field goals, and it was 14-13 Chiefs at the half.

Kansas City received the ball to begin the third quarter and on their first possession, Santos extended the lead by hitting a 23-yard field goal to make it 17-13 Chiefs.

Seattle took the lead in the third by way of a 1-yard touchdown pass to former Chief Tony Moeaki, and Kansas City started the fourth quarter down three points and with the ball.


Charles highlighted the next drive with a 47-yard run to bring the Chiefs to the Seattle 4-yard line, and Knile Davis finished it off with his fifth touchdown of the season.

Seattle would have three possessions in the fourth with a chance to take back the lead, but the Chiefs defense stood strong and forced turnovers on down each time. The effort included two stuffs of RB Marshawn Lynch and a sack of QB Russel Wilson by defensive tackle Dontari Poe to seal it, and the Chiefs knocked off the defending champions at home, 24-20.

Charles' 159-yards rushing output was his largest of the season and the only time all year he would rush for greater than 100 yards.

The 7-3 record resulting from the win marked the highest win percentage of the season for the Chiefs.

CHIEFS GAME MVP: RB Jamaal Charles (20 carries, 159 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns)

Photos from the 3rd quarter of the 2014 season, games 9-12.





The Raiders were winless and the Chiefs were beginning to gain national attention entering this rainy night on Thursday Night Football.

Up to this point in the season, the Chiefs had yet to allow a rushing touchdown, but that changed rather quickly in the first quarter when RB Latavius Murray ran for an 11-yard score to give Oakland an early 7-0 lead.

Even though he was limited to just four carries because he had to leave with a concussion, the night belonged to Murray, who broke out for another touchdown in the second quarter on a 90-yard gain. The touchdowns were numbers one and two of Murray's career and the only scores of it to this day.


By the time he left the game in the second, Murray had compiled 112 yards on the Chiefs defense.

The rain poured hard from the beginning of the second quarter and into parts of the third, limiting what the offenses could accomplish. At halftime, it was 14-3 Oakland.

The Raiders opened second-half scoring with a 40-yard field goal to lead 17-3, and that's when the Chiefs offense awoke. With the rain subsiding, Smith threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to TE Anthony Fasano that cut the lead to seven, 17-10.

In the fourth, Charles exploded on a short pass for a 30-yard touchdown to tie the game. The Chiefs took the 20-17 lead on their next possession courtesy of a 25-yard made field goal by Santos.

The Raiders got the ball back with nine minutes to go, and that's when QB Derek Carr shined. Carr and the Raiders offense first picked up a fourth-and-1 on a sneak, then converted on third-and-6, third-and-9 and third-and-1 before taking the lead on a touchdown reception by James Jones to make it 24-20 Oakland.

With no timeouts, the Chiefs got the ball back with one minute and 42 seconds to go, but even after converting on one fourth down due to a defensive holding penalty, the Raiders forced a turnover on downs on their next attempt.

The Chiefs were upset on the dreary night in Oakland, and the five-game win streak was snapped.

CHIEFS GAME MVP: QB Alex Smith (20 for 36, 234 yards passing, 2 touchdowns)





The Chiefs had a long break resulting from Thursday Night Football and drew the Broncos in Week 13 in Sunday Night Football.

In response to the news of safety Eric Berry's placement on the non-football injury list, the team opted to wear his favorite red-on-red version of the uniforms for the game. The players also wore "Be Berry" T-shirts during warmups and ArrowVision played Berry-related videos throughout the night in a show of support. It was a special night in Kansas City.


The story of the game on the field was third-down conversions. QB Peyton Manning and the Broncos started the game a perfect 5 for 5 on third downs and that led to two quick touchdown scores for Denver, and the Broncos led 14-0 almost immediately. The Chiefs' lone score in the first half was a 20-yard touchdown from Smith to Fasano, but two field goals for Denver in the second quarter gave the Broncos the 20-7 halftime lead.

The Chiefs drew as close as ten twice in the second half, first via a 39-yard field goal from Santos in the third and then from a 12-yard touchdown reception by Charles in the fourth, but key mistakes cost the Chiefs.

First, they only settled for three points despite great field position set up from a sack and forced fumble by linebacker Justin Houston to start the second half. Then late in the third quarter, a punt bounced off cornerback Marcus Cooper's leg and into the hands of the Broncos' Omar Bolden, resulting in three points for the Broncos. And finally, late in the game with a glimmer of hope still alive, WR Donnie Avery fumbled the ball on what would have been at least a 20-yard reception.

The Broncos recovered and went on to win the game, 29-16, for the Chiefs' second loss in a row.

Broncos' RB C.J. Anderson ran for 168 yards on 32 carries against the Chiefs, marking the second game in a row in which the opposing running back attained his highest yardage output of the season.

CHIEFS GAME MVP: LB Justin Houston (8 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss, 2 passes defended)

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