"It's not the turnover or missed shot at the end of the game that lost you that game, its the missed layup in the 1st and the guy who dribbled the ball off his leg on a wide open dunk in the 2nd quarter that lost that game"~Bob Knight
During my sports career I have always lived by this and I would always try to preach to my teammates that the mistake at the end of the game, was not the reason we lost that game, it was the mistake early in the game that cost the game, if we didn't make that mistake early, you aren't in that position at the end.
The mistake or whatever that happened at the end of the game is the last thing on peoples mind so it gets magnified. But in reality if you don't make the mistake early in the game, you aren't in that situation at the end of the game. This happens in every sport and in every game.
How true is this when referring the the opening drive TD. I have seen a lot of discussions since the game ended about this and wanted to give you something to consider. I will be the first one to admit, at first I was on the side that this wasn't a big deal, we ended up getting the ball right back and scoring so this was no big deal. I will go on to clarify that yes, this was not the sole reason we lost this game, but to completely ignore this because it happened so early, and because it didn't end up in any points for the Broncos, is wrong in my honest opinion.
This INT didn't start to bug me until the Fasano TD. I got a text from my buddy about how good the Chiefs were looking and they might win this game. My response was exactly this.."Should be 28-7 right now, that opening drive TD is going to come back to kill them". Think about that for a minute, If we get 7 points on the opening drive and everything played out the same way, we could of been up 28-7 at one point in this game. And for those of you on the side of "well the game wouldn't have gone the same way if we had score" Yes you are completely right to say that, but what if it did? We really have no clue in knowing how the game would of went. I am not going to go into all this because it will drive you and me crazy to argue about it.
I don't blame Alex Smith for this lose. This is a team sport, and the team lost this game. And like I said the INT isn't the sole reason we lost, but we aren't in that position at the end of the game, had we converted when we should have. The only thing you can do at this point is get better and go out and win the rest of your game, which is entirely possible. We showed that we can play with the Broncos, there is no doubt in my mind that we can. Win the next 2 games and none of this matters because we are in the playoffs and that folks is all that matters.