Kansas City Chiefs Top Plays from 2014

Looking back at the Chiefs’ top plays from 2014 in a few different categories

The Kansas City Chiefs 2014 season was filled with plenty of highlights.

From long touchdown runs to electric punt returns, the season was rarely accompanied by a dull moment. With playmakers like running back Jamaal Charles and linebacker Justin Houston, the Chiefs could make game-changing plays at any given moment.

That's part of what pulled you in to watch each and every week.

Let's take a look back at the longest plays from the Chiefs in seven different categories from the 2014 season.

1. Longest Interception Return - 39 yards - Husain Abdullah  vs. New England – Week 4

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The Chiefs defense had just six interceptions in 2014, but veteran safety Husain Abdullah made his against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football count.

Early in the fourth quarter, Abdullah intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's pass and returned it 39 yards for the touchdown, which gave the Chiefs the 41-7 lead and ended up as the longest interception return for the Chiefs defense all season.

On the play, Abdullah started as the in-the-box safety and dropped into zone coverage after the snap. He read Brady's eyes perfectly and hopped the attempted post route to Danny Amendola across the middle for the pick six.

On a night that Chiefs Kingdom proved that Arrowhead Stadium is the loudest outdoor stadium in the world, Abdullah's interception is one of many highlights of the Chiefs' dominating performance against the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

2. Longest Field Goal – 53 yards – Cairo Santos vs. St. Louis – Week 8

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The week after his game-winning 48-yard field goal against the San Diego Chargers, rookie kicker Cairo Santos hit a season-long 53-yarder against the St. Louis Rams at Arrowhead Stadium.

At the time, the game was tied 7-7 late in the second quarter.

The kick was instrumental in the sequence of events that turned that game in the Chiefs' favor, which came after the Chiefs defense held on a goal-line stand against the Rams, who were given the ball at the 8-yard line after a Chiefs fumble. 

After the Chiefs defense held, the Rams missed their short field goal attempt. On the ensuing Chiefs possession, the offense was able to get in field goal position, and that's when Santos hit from 53 yards. It gave the Chiefs their first lead of the game and was part of 34 unanswered points that helped the Chiefs get their fourth win of the season and put them over .500 for the first time all season.

3. Longest Run From Scrimmage/Touchdown – 63 yards - Jamaal Charles @ Arizona – Week 14

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The longest run from scrimmage for the Chiefs this season came from none other than Jamaal Charles in Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals.

With the Chiefs trailing 3-0 and on just the third play from scrimmage for the offense, Charles displayed the kind of footwork you only see from the best running backs in the NFL. He went 63 yards for the touchdown to give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead early in that game.

Charles took the handoff and side-stepped the initial penetration from the Cardinals defensive line, and then darted through to the second level by keeping his pads low, breaking tackles before he was out into open space.

Once Charles finds space, there's not a lot you can do to slow him down.

In a record-breaking season for Charles that saw him become the franchise's all-time leading rusher, that 63-yarder was the longest for him and the Chiefs in 2014.

4. Longest Punt – 69 yards – Dustin Colquitt @ Oakland – Week 12

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After 10 years in Kansas City, Dustin Colquitt has solidified himself as the best punter in Chiefs history.

He has the highest net punting average in franchise history (39.37), and he's been especially good at placing the ball inside the 20-yard line, where he leads the franchise and ranks No. 10 in NFL history (since 1976) with 316 punts placed inside the 20-yard line.

In Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders on a rainy night, the Chiefs offense opened the game with a three-and-out and lined up to punt from their own 16-yard line.

That's when Colquitt stepped up and flipped the field position with a 69-yard punt, which ended up as the longest punt for the Chiefs this season.

5. Longest Pass Reception/Touchdown – 70 yards - Knile Davis vs. Oakland – Week 15

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The Chiefs' longest pass play of the season went to a running back.

Running back Knile Davis went 70 yards for the touchdown on a pass across the middle in the Chiefs' 31-13 blowout victory over the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 15.

With the Chiefs up 24-7 late in the third quarter, Davis ran an angle route out of the backfield when the Raiders brought a blitz off the right side.

Davis was matched up in man coverage on the backside against a linebacker, who bit on Davis' first motion to the flat. Once Davis cut up the field, the linebacker was out of position, and Alex Smith saw safety Charles Woodson leave the box to double Dwayne Bowe on the opposite side.

Just like that, there was nobody there to contain Davis on the short pass across the middle, and he raced 70 yards to the end zone—the longest pass play of the season and added an exclamation point for the Chiefs' victory.

Photos of the longest plays from the 2014 season.

6. Longest Punt Return – 81 yards – De'Anthony Thomas vs. Oakland – Week 15

In what was one of the most electric plays of the season, rookie playmaker De'Anthony Thomas went 81 yards on a punt return for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in Week 15 at Arrowhead Stadium.

After taking his first punt return in the preseason against the Cincinnati Bengals back for a touchdown, Thomas finally broke one off in the regular season against the Raiders.

Late in the first quarter in a scoreless game, Thomas put the Chiefs on the board by displaying the burst that's made him one of the most exciting young returners in the NFL.

His decisive move to get up the field was helped by key blocks from Kelcie McCray, Charcandrick West and Daniel Sorensen to get started, then down the field from Junior Hemingway. Thomas was able to get into the open field and display the speed that allowed him to finish No. 4 in punt return average (min. 20 attempts) in the NFL as a rookie.

7. Longest Kickoff Return – 99 yards - Knile Davis vs. St. Louis – Week 8

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The longest kickoff return of the season came against the St. Louis Rams in Week 8 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Knile Davis opened up the second half of the game by racing 99 yards for the touchdown.

After an intentional, or maybe unintentional, squib kick by Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein, who played collegiately at Missouri Western State University, Davis finally got his hands on the ball and started up the field.

It was key blocks from Dee Ford and Anthony Sherman, who teamed up for the creation of the initial lane for Davis, and then it was James-Michael Johnson who sealed off the final inside lane and allowed Davis to get into the open field and do the rest by racing 99 yards for the touchdown.

This touchdown return gave the Chiefs a 17-7 lead to begin the second half and led to a win that put them over .500 for the first time all season.

Davis was named the AFC special teams player of the week after this performance.    

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