Well, sorta. This week, I was accompanied by the Dear Wife, and so we ended up sitting in ADA seats, kitty-corner for my regular ones. As with previous posts, this comes before me digging into the fun stuff here on AP, although I do catch postgame radio on the drive home.
Got an earlier start today, and got in two hours before kickoff, which turned out to be helpful, as we needed to make arrangements for disability seating. We did manage to make it to our seats early, and say the fireworks and pre-game, which made for a nice change. The stands seemed about as full as at the Cowboy's game, so I guess lots of people made changes to their plans that reduced the traffic snarl.
I didn't catch a lot of detail in the first half, since this was the DW's first game, and I had to point a lotof stuff out to her. My take on it was that the 1st was a dogfight. It was clear to me that NY came into Arrowhead determined to prove that they were better than their record said. The roar of Arrowhead didn't help, of course.
Regarding crowd noise, the DW said that according to the jumbotrons, we peaked out at 111dBs. Not Seattle loud, but loud enough to make things tough on the opposing teams. That being said, it seemed to me that there was a bit of a fall-off from Dallas game.
The Second half was the thing. It started a bit slow, but the crowd got into the harness and took the bit, and the feedback cycle with the Defense got rolling before long. My impression of Eli Manning was that perhaps mid-way into the 3rd, he decided to try to put the team on his back and carry them to victory. what he ended up doing was Casseling. He's a good QB, but for whatever the reasons, he couldn't string things together. My guess is that it was many things, the line, the running game, the noise, and so on. Oh, and JPP getting hurt, hope it's not too bad for him.
By the 4th Q., the reek of desperation started wafting up from the Giants' O. The harder they tried to stay in the game, the worse results they got. IMO, they started to break at 24-7, and the subsequent fumble, it was all over. The life went out of them. They couldn't even work up a response to the cahnting of "4 and 0, 4 and 0!", late in the game.
Dex played like he'd heard the pregame discussion that I'd listened to, with the talking heads questioning whether he had any value at all. Neener, neener, nay-sayers!
Others will go into the O side of the team more better than I could, but I will comment on something I head on the 610AM postgame show. The talkers were making the argument that the O didn't "move forward", but I think I disagree with that. Reviewing the game in my mind, I think they did, although in a fairly subtle way. I get the feeling that Smith is starting to find receivers that he can build trust with. JC, of course, but also Avery and McGrath, and perhaps even D. Bowe. Perhaps Alex is the sort of QB that needs a good level of trust with his catchers, and doesn't build it quickly. Next game should be interesting, on that front.
I'll close with ST. It seems to be largely overlooked, in the sense that those in the media are discussing it like it's kinda fluky stuff. I think after 4 games, the results our ST unit gets can't be called a fluke any more. They may not have an attention-getter such as Heaster, but getting solid results for 4 games in a row is enough to show that they as a unit are the real deal.
Now, if y'all will excuse me, I think it's time to soothe my throat with a cold one or 6.
4 - 0, BABY! GO CHIEFS!