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Chiefs vs. Jets: Top 3 Defensive Plays

A look at three of the best plays for the Chiefs defense against the Jets

Here are three plays from the Chiefs defense that would be included on most highlight reels:

Justin Houston sacks Michael Vick while getting tackled

Justin Houston's second sack against the Jets came at the end of the first half.

With just 24 seconds remaining in the second quarter and on a first-and-10 from the Chiefs' 21-yard line, Houston beat the Jets right tackle around the edge and overcame being tackled to make the sack on Vick. 

This play demonstrated the power, speed and effort needed to be a premier pass rusher and showed everyone, again, why he's an elite NFL edge player.

It also gave Houston, who was already leading the NFL in sacks, his 12th of the season. 

Dontari Poe displays the athletic ability a big man isn't supposed to possess

Here's an example of the kind of play nose tackle Dontari Poe makes that has people laud his athletic ability.

Early in the third quarter, the Jets were faced with a third-and-4 from their own 40-yard line.

Vick doesn't see anything he likes down the field and decides to tuck it and run for the first down. But 340-pound nose tackle Dontari Poe got out on the edge and tracks him down by pushing him out of bounds.

The loss on the play results in a sack, and Poe showed the quickness and speed to redirect his momentum in space and run down an extremely athletic quarterback.

It's hard to think Vick believed he'd be chased out of bounds for a loss on the play when he left the pocket, but that's exactly what Poe did and what makes him so special.

Safety Eric Berry saves touchdown

One of the turning points in Sunday's game was the fourth-down stand from the Chiefs defense on the goal line early in the fourth quarter.

With the Chiefs leading 24-10, the Jets had first-and-goal from the 3-yard line and came away without any points.

That stand has been talked about often since the game ended, but the play that allowed that stand to happen should be noted as well.

On second-and-2 from the 15-yard line, Jets running back Chris Johnson took the handoff around the left edge towards the end zone.

After a move he puts on in the open field, Johnson has a clear path to the end zone, a score that would have made it a one-possession game with just over 15 minutes remaining.

But safety Eric Berry, who was making his first appearance since Week 2, when he left with an ankle injury against the Denver Broncos, met Johnson at the goal line and forced him to step out of bounds at the 3-yard line.

It was the perfect angle for Berry to take against Johnson, and anything else would have resulted in a huge play for the Jets and a different story in the fourth quarter.

This was one of the biggest plays of the game.

Photos from the Chiefs week nine match up against the NY Jets

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