As we're all aware, the final score doesn't really do that game justice. It's a bummer that the Chiefs lost the shutout, but that game was over when Charcandrick West crossed the goal line (we're still waiting on T.J. Ward's response to him being so cheap as to run into a zone Ward can't tackle him) and the Chiefs went up 29-0. That was the fat lady singing.
I could use words like out-hustled, out-hit, out-executed, out-coached, and out-fought to describe what the Chiefs did against the Broncos. And every one of them would be true.
But I don't even need to do that. Because Sean Smith provided me with a perfect "snapshot" of what that game looked like.
Remember Smith's interception in the first quarter? You probably don't, but only because the human brain isn't capable of retaining all the picks the Chiefs had on Sunday. Of all the interceptions the Chiefs had against Peyton Manning and Brock Oserpoeipowie (I should learn to spell his name. I will at some point), though, Smith's was far and away my favorite.
Why? Because he dominated Emanuel Sanders the way the Chiefs dominated the Broncos.
"Give me the ball. And your lunch money. And your soul." pic.twitter.com/qCpcK6583F— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) November 16, 2015
Some Broncos fans were trying to blame Peyton Manning for that pick. That's absurd. Manning gets the ball out on time and accurately. This wasn't a QB issue.
It was a "I'm bigger than you, so give me the stupid ball" issue.
Sean Smith recognizes the route and is breaking on the ball before it's even on the way.
The throw hangs up a little because Manning has no arm strength left, to be sure. But that's a catchable pass. Sanders just needs to follow the route and come back aggressively to the ball.
Instead, Sanders comes back a little, but mostly sits and waits for the ball to arrive. That's not going to cut it with a a 220-pound corner crashing toward the ball. Apparently, no one ever told Sanders to get off the tracks when the train is coming. The results are predictable; Sanders on the ground and Smith with the ball.
Oh, and just to ensure there's no "that's pass interference" whining about this play, allow me...
Note 1: When the ball is in the air, eligible offensive and defensive receivers have the same right to the path of the ball and are subject to the same restrictions
Here's NFL Rule 8. Feel free to skip ahead to Section 5, Article 3. Basically, the note sums it up. When the ball is in the air the defender can make a play on the ball.
This rule exists so that receivers and corners can fight for the ball. Though to call what happened with Smith and Sanders a "fight" for the ball is like calling a lion eating a gazelle a fight.
That's a MAN'S interception, Sean. And as I said, it sums up the game more accurately than any other play.