As stats sometimes can be, those numbers are misleading. The Chiefs actually climbed a mountain in beating the Bills 17-13 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. They smashed through a barrier by rallying to win for the first time after trailing by double digits since Andy Reid arrived as coach and Alex Smith as quarterback last year.
This is a game the Chiefs have lost dozens of times before, and would’ve lost once more if not for three stubborn factors in their favor: Turnovers, defense and Andy Reid. The turnovers and defense gave the Chiefs a chance, but this was an impossible win without one of the NFL’s better coaches. Reid has a deserved reputation as one of the top five or so play callers in the league, and without that skill, there is no way the Chiefs could’ve beaten the Bills 17-13 here on Sunday.
Parker made the defensive play of the game for the Chiefs in the third quarter of Sunday’s 17-13 win over the Buffalo Bills when he punched the ball from the grasp of running back Bryce Brown as Brown was about to score a touchdown. The ball bounced around before eventually going out the back of the end zone for a Chiefs’ touchback. Parker wasn’t done. He broke up three passes in or near the end zone on Buffalo’s last drive late in the game, the last one on fourth down.
Buffalo entered the game ranked second in the NFL with 28 sacks, including 25 by its front four, so the Chiefs’ pass protectors knew it would be a difficult day. Bills defensive end Marcell Dareus, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, had three sacks Sunday, raising his total to a career-best 10. "We knew we were going to get their best shot," said guard Mike McGlynn. "They came out firing. Lot of blitzes. Out of their bye week, they brought a couple of things that were different from previous games. It was a grind."
That was when Demetrius Harris, his third tight end, fractured his foot. After the game, Harris — who has caught three passes for 20 yards this season — was in the locker room on crutches. "He’s done for a few weeks at least," Reid said. Meanwhile, running back Cyrus Gray — a key special teams player — tore his ACL on Sunday. Reid said he’s done for the season.
"The league requested that we play the game over there. As you know, the series has been around for seven or so years. We’ll be the tenth team to give up a home game. The league is in the process of encouraging more teams to do so. I would expect over time that that list will grow to a majority of the teams.
This is an absolutely brutal loss for Buffalo, now 5-4. They looked like the better team and now will lose a head-to-head tiebreak against Kansas City. They needed to bank a home win with road trips to Miami, Denver and New England still on the schedule. They also have to host Green Bay.
For the second straight year, the Bills were about to take what could have been an insurmountable lead against the Chiefs. But once again, the Chiefs made a series of unexpected plays — including recovering a punt in the fourth quarter — that led to a 17-13 win over the Bills, an improbable victory that could have playoff implications at the end of the season.
Question: Is there any Chiefs quarterback of the last 20 years that could have dealt with what Alex Smith did today and still kept the Chiefs in a position to win the game?
What it means: The 6-3 Chiefs took a big step toward securing a playoff spot by rallying to beat one of the AFC’s other wild-card contenders. The Chiefs now have the tiebreaker against the Bills, who fell to 5-4. The Chiefs previously beat wild-card contenders from San Diego and Miami, so they’re piling up an arsenal.
RB Jamaal Charles ran in a season-long 39-yard rush for a touchdown giving him six rushing TDs and eight total TDs in 2014. The touchdown gives him 27 total TDs in the last two seasons to lead the NFL.
If fans didn’t already know how tough Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was before this game, now they know. Smith was hit consistently throughout this game but still managed to lead the Chiefs offense to 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pick up the Chiefs’ sixth win of the season. The go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter came on an Alex Smith 8-yard run, which also included contact.