Chiefs Coach Andy Reid Explains Root of Frustration After Cardinals Loss from The Mothership
The play everyone has talked about all week is the overturned call on
Travis Kelce's fumble late in the game, but what's been lost is the Chiefs offense, which had struggled in the second half and particularly on that final drive, had put themselves in a position to tie or even take the lead before the controversial call that resulted in a turnover.
For Chiefs fans, it's equally as frustrating to feel like the team didn't play well enough to put themselves in a position to win a game on the road against a Cardinals team that was undefeated at home, but it's another level to feel like it was either taken from you or that it was given away by committing fixable mistakes.
"That's the positive that I take out of this as frustrated as we all are - I think the positive is there are some things we can do here to fix the issues," Reid explained. "They are not things that we can't work out."
Chiefs vs. Cardinals: Game Takeaways from The Mothership
The nine Chiefs penalties accounted for 75 yards, but none was bigger than the offensive pass interference call on tight end
Anthony Fasanomidway through the third quarter.
On third-and-10 from the Cardinals' 19-yard line, Fasano found himself wide open and caught a pass from quarterback
Alex Smithin the end zone, seemingly giving the Chiefs a 21-9 lead.
Instead, Fasano was flagged for offensive pass interference and the play was nullified.
Chiefs vs. Raiders: Historical Timeline from The Mothership
Sunday, January 4, 1970
Entering the 1969 playoffs, the Chiefs were 11-3 and the Raiders were 12-1-1, including two regular-season wins over the Chiefs. In the playoffs, the Chiefs beat the New York Jets to advance to the AFL Championship versus the Raiders on January 4, 1970.
The Chiefs beat the Raiders in the AFL Championship, 17-7. With the NFL merger taking place the following year, it was the AFL's final game, and the Chiefs advanced to Super Bowl IV.
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The Chiefs signed linebacker JoJo Dickson to the practice squad, according to Tuesday's NFL Transactions report.
Dickson replaces linebacker Ja'Gared Davis, who signed a free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins' active 53-man roster.
Jamaal Charles might make it to the end of this season for the Kansas City Chiefs, but he's going to be battered if he does.
Charles entered Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals with a sore knee. It swelled on him Monday. Then there's the sprained ankle that forced Charles from the game briefly in the first half.
Chiefs WR Albert Wilson ready for more after first career start from Chiefs Digest
"It's what everybody looks forward to coming in," Wilson said. "Things don't go your way all the time, but opportunity comes you have to represent well."
Wilson proved a bright spot against the Cardinals, logging 48 of the Chiefs' 65 offensive snaps to rank second among wide receivers behind Dwayne Bowe's 56 snaps.
He had a team-high eight passing targets, and recorded 53 yards receiving on four catches, including a 22-yard reception.
One of the cool things about my job is that my editors encourage me to spend hours looking at things like ESPN's playoff machine. I've done that today in an effort to find a way that the Kansas City Chiefs would be left out of the playoffs if they win their final three games.
I couldn't find one. If anyone else can, please let me know by sending a note to my Twitter account (@adamteicher).
But I'm going forward here with the belief that the 10-6 Chiefs would make the playoffs as a wild-card entrant no matter what happens in games involving other playoff contenders.
Projecting the NFL playoffs: Packers and Patriots top seeds, Cowboys and 49ers out. from The Washington Post
AFC playoff predictions...
...In the hunt
San Diego Chargers (9-7)
Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)
Week 14 power rankings from ProFootballTalk
15. Kansas City Chiefs (No. 14; 7-6): The Chiefs caught whatever the Raiders were carrying.
Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (48 percent) -- The Raiders made some noise about making Murray part of a timeshare, but they know who the better back is, and so do we. Making his return from a concussion, Murray recorded 85 total yards on 25 touches against the San Francisco 49ers. By comparison, Darren McFadden saw just four touches and Maurice Jones-Drew was an afterthought with only one snap all game. There's a new top dog in Oakland's backfield, and he's worth RB2/flex consideration in next week's rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs. The last time these teams met, Murray racked up 112 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries.
Willie Roaf, Leonard Smith among College Football Hall of Fame inductees from The New Orleans Advocate
The group of honorees at the National Football Foundation awards banquet also included...
...and the late Derrick Thomas, who dominated at linebacker for Alabama.
"I know that big smile is smiling down on us today," said Thomas' mother, Edith Morgan, who represented him a morning news conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in midtown Manhattan.
Thomas had 27 sacks and won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker in 1988 before going on to a successful NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was paralyzed in an automobile wreck in 2000 and died from complications about a month later. He was 33.
The winner of the award will be determined by a vote of current NFL players. The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award when the players vote on December 19. From the eight finalists, each team's players will submit a consensus vote of its choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.
The winner will be announced during the nationally televised "4th Annual NFL Honors" show on NBC, the night before Super Bowl XLIX. The player honored will receive a trophy and a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.
Right now, you can buy it online at the Kansas City Chiefs website. However, at the Vol Shop for example, the calls have already been coming in from locals hoping they can buy it in the area.
"If anyone can get through this, we know he can get through it. We know he can do it. We want to do anything we can to support him. So we reached out to the athletic program about the Berry shirts. There are still a few issues they are trying to sort through. We're looking to see if we can get them in,"